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 (research OR study) 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 January 2019

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 for the name of the source journal (in this example: Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts) in OneSearch.

Find journals by journal title or ISSN


As shown below, if found:

  • Click on May be available online
  • Click on any link provided to a full text resource (in this example: EBSCOhost PsycArticles)
  • Look for a Search within this publication or similarly worded link

Sample results as described above

Then search within the desired journal for the research study author (in this example: jakubowski). If too  many results are found, try adding a relevant keyword (e.g., jakubowski in author field AND earworms).

Sample result that finds full text for the article by Jakubowski

Be sure to consult a librarian if you're having trouble.

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