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Psychology Resources: Primary Sources

Selected Psychology Resources and Services in Davis Library at the University of Rio Grande.

PsycINFO - Use to Find Primary Sources

Empirical Research

1.     When looking at a record in PsycINFO to try to determine if the resource you're looking at is a primary source, it's important to check to see if the article is an empirical study. Look for the "methodology" field of the record.
If there is an indication that the resource you're looking at is an Empirical Study then you know that it's research-based, and is a primary source.

Example: Methodology: Empirical Study

2.     And/Or: In the "Advanced Search" option of PsycINFO, select Empirical Study from the Methodology menu.

Author Search

3.     In the "Advanced Search" option, search author field code.  Example: AU Freud, Sigmund

 

Off Campus:
1. Select Institution: University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College.
2. Your Barcode or Username is simply an “S” followed by your Student ID Number (Example: S300123456).
3. Your PIN is the last four digits of your Social Security Number (Example: 1234).
4. Under "Search Options": Select "Full Text" and/or "Scholarly" or "Peer Reviewed" if applicable.

Books - Finding Primary Sources

RioCat Results (Paper & Online Books) Available Through Davis Library

Selected Psychologists as Authors of Books

History of Psychology Books in Davis Library

Selected Historical Psychology Journals in OhioLINK's EJournal Finder - Easy Online Browsing Through Professional Journals

Some Links May Require Off Campus Authentication Regardless of Location:

1. Select Institution: University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College.

2. Your Barcode or Username is simply an “S” followed by your Student ID Number (Example: S300123456).

3. Your PIN is the last four digits of your Social Security Number (Example: 1234).

For More Titles Like These, Go to OhioLINK's EJournal Finder:

Please Note: For some titles, an "Embargo," is in place which means access to recent full-text is delayed.

Selected History of Psychology Websites

Primary vs Secondary Sources

Empirical or Primary Sources in Psychology

Primary sources are original materials based on first-hand accounts of research conducted by the author(s). They are usually written at the time the research is occurring or shortly after the research is complete, and they present new information or discoveries.

Primary Sources in Psychology...

  • Are written accounts of original or empirical research, study, or experimentation conducted by the author(s) of the resource.
  • Are written accounts of primary research and are typically published in scholarly, peer-reviewed, journals, and are often published by professional associations or academic institutions.
  • Are often research articles and generally contain standard components, and follow a specific format or pattern.
    • Typically they include an abstract, a methods section, discussion, a conclusion and a bibliography.
  • Can be found by looking for clues.
    • Read the abstract of an article and look for statements like:
      • The research we conducted shows . . .
      • The aim of our study was . . .
      • We looked at two groups of children . . .
      • Our research concluded that . . .

Print Reference Books on the Main Floor in Reference Collection

Sigmund Freud Notes on Lectures - 1903

From Sigmund Freud Conflict & Culture - Library of Congress