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Psychology

The Research Journey

Do you have a research assignment?Research is an ongoing project. Choose Refine your topic, pick keywords, pick a database, evaluate what you find, repeat

We can help you on your research journey! 

   

Research Terms: 

Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) vs Popular Sources

What are Articles and Databases

Find:

Find sources with keywords

Books

Articles

Evaluate:

Evaluate your Sources

How to read a scholarly article

Cite: 

APA style

Why we Cite 

Learn about the Library:

Student guide to using the Library

Library Anxiety - How to Beat It 

 

.....More Help Below    

 

 

 

 

"Research is an Ongoing Process" By UBC Learning Commons (learningcommons.ubc.ca). CC BY

Why Cite

When writing a research paper you will use a wide variety of resources.  You are required to cite your sources for two main reasons:

  1. To give credit to the creator of the original idea.  By citing you will avoid any charges of plagiarism.
  2. To enable readers of your paper to be able to find the resources you have used and consult them to read further on the topic.

For more information, check Why We Cite and How to Avoid Plagiarism.

APA Style

*All links and sources reflect APA 7th edition (2019) unless noted.

Style and Formatting Help

APA Style from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) *Updated for APA 7th edition (2019)

APA Style Formatting from Student Learning Support (Ryerson University) *APA 6th edition (last updated in 2016)

APA FAQ *Updated for APA 7th edition (2019)

Quick Help

Citing sources in the body of your essay

In-Text Citations (Authors)
In-Text Citations (Websites)

Creating a Reference List/Bibliography

Books

Electronic sources (Online Articles, E-books, Websites, YouTube etc)

APA in your Essay

What an APA paper looks like (OWL Purdue)

APA Style Guide (Official Copy)

The Library has multiple copies of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). It is available at the following locations:

  • Reserve (2nd floor Check-out desk). One copy is available to be checked out for 2 hours.
  • 5th floor. One copy is available for regular loan period.

The call number is: BF76.7 .P82 2020

 

Citation Managers

What's the best citation management software for me?

So how do you pick the best citation management software for you? There are many factors to consider. For example, if you are an undergraduate student, you might be looking for the fastest and easiest option—something with a short learning curve, which lets you grab citations and produce bibliographies in a snap. Oh, and let's not forget: it needs to be free or cheap.

If you're a graduate student or a faculty member, you might have different considerations: the software needs to work well with the databases you use frequently, it must be able to organize and filter a large number of citations, and it should be able to produce a bibliography in the primary style used in your discipline. If you're working on a research team, you'll also want to make sure the software allows you to collaborate with your colleagues smoothly.

U of T has created this guide comparison chart below to help you examine the different features available and figure out the best option for you.  We've adapted it slightly to reflect Ryerson's resources.

 

Comparison Chart

 

 

Zotero

  • Free and open source
  • Grab citations as you browse using Firefox, Chrome, orSafari plugin
  • Backup and sync on multiple devices via online account
  • Plugins for Word & LibreOffice
  • Third party mobile apps available

Create account

Download

Help guide

 

 

Mendeley

 

  • Free for everyone
  • Desktop interface for Windows, Mac, or Linux, and iOS app
  • Backup and sync on multiple devices via online account
  • Save and annotate PDFs

Create account

Download

Help guide

 

EndNote Web

 

  • Free web version
  • Plugin available for IE & Firefox
  • Plugin available for Word
  • Well integrated with Web of Science, but can be used with all databases

 Create an Account

Help guide

 

          

... and more!

Adapted from University of Toronto Libraries Citation Management