Researchers, professors, and practicing psychology professionals write "scholarly articles" to share the results of studies and experiments. Scholarly articles are sometimes also called "peer-reviewed" articles or "journal articles."
Your papers should include scholarly articles for two reasons:
For more details on how to find scholarly articles, and how scholarly articles are different from magazine articles, read the rest of this page.
Scholarly journals can cost hundreds of dollars per issue, so they don't just give their articles away. When you find a scholarly article using a normal search engine like Google you might be asked to pay 30 or 40 dollars to read the article. Bad deal!
Instead, you should use the Mat-Su College Library website. We pay lots of money to subscribe to many databases -- that is, online collections of articles.
There are several databases you might use when doing Psychology research. Here are a few:
Click on the name of a database to enter it. If necessary, login with your University of Alaska username and password.
Sometimes you will click "Check Library for Full Text" and end up on a page that looks like this:
Don't worry -- you can still get the article. You can request that we get it from another library that has access to it. This is a free service.
First, click the "Interlibrary Loan" link on the Mat-Su College webpage:
Now enter the citation details into the "Interlibrary Loan Request Form-Magazine Journal" column:
After you click submit, you should receive an email or call in a few days telling you the article has arrived.
There is another way to find out if an article is scholarly. We subscribe to a database called Ulrichsweb. It has information on periodicals such as journals and magazines. It will often say if a journal is scholarly.
Within Ulrichsweb, search the name of the journal you want to check. In the search results, look for a referee jersey icon next to the name of the journal you searched for. The referee jersey indicates that the journal is refereed (aka scholarly or peer-reviewed):