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PSY 101 Fall 2021

Guide for Psychology 101 Students

Parts of a scholarly article

Primary Sources in Psychology

Primary Sources in psychology are: 

  • written accounts of original research, study, or experimentation conducted by the author(s). 
  • usually written at the time the research is occurring or shortly after the research is complete
  • typically published in scholarly, peer-reviewed, journals


Clues for finding primary sources: 

  • Primary source articles in Psychology generally contain standard components, such as an abstract, a methods sectiondiscussion, a conclusion and a bibliography
  • Try reading the abstract of an article and look for statements like:
    • Our research concluded that . . .
    • We looked at two groups of children . . .
    • The aim of our study was . . .
    • The research we conducted shows . . .