PSYC 3315 (Kelling): Psychological Thinking: Media Report Assignment

If you don't already have a popular media account of a psychological research study, this approach can help:

1. Find News & Popular Magazine Articles that Report on a Research Study

Try a search as shown below in US Major Dailies or Readers' Guide Full Text Mega database. Look in the results for an example where:

  • the research study source journal is identified (this usually will be in the abstract), and if possible, a study author is named
  • the study is described sufficiently to suggest appropriate keywords
  • at least a few months have passed to allow time for a print version of the research study article to have been published

Sample search:
psycholog* AND (study OR research) AND journal (in the abstract field)
Optional: Use publication date limiters to exclude very recent articles as shown below.

Shows sample search along with publication before this date option so article will be published before November 2017

2. Look for the Original Research Study Article

Sample media report: As shown below, the Washington Post reported on November 6, 2016, on research about so-called "earworms." The abstract identifies Kelly Jakubowski as the lead author and Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts as the source journal.

Citation and abstract of article described above

There's more than one way to do this so ask a librarian if you have trouble. What often works is to start by searching the library's Journals list for the name of the source journal.

(Using "title begins with"): psychology of aesthetics

Find journals by journal title or ISSN


Sample results:

As shown below, the library has full text for the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts beginning in 2006 via PsycARTICLES database. You could either:

  • follow the link to PsycARTICLES, and use its "search within this publication" feature to search for jakubowski (for a more common author's name, add an appropriate keyword, e.g., jakubowski AND earworms)
  • or use the "search inside this journal" option in the Journals list results for a similar search

Within a couple of clicks, you would arrive at the PsycARTICLES record where you would find full text for the original research study, as shown below.

Shows PDF link for original research study article

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