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Psychology Guide for the Major

This guide is intended as a landing page and research platform for diving deeper into the world of mental health research, academic psychology, clinical research, research methods, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and innovative science

The Research Cycle

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Research questions and brainstorming: Be nimble and think through where some interesting questions lie.

Heart of the problem: What is really the main point, the kernel, of what you’re researching?

Rephrasing: What are the alternate ways of phrasing your search to find more material?

Wikipedia, Google, etc.: What can you glean from the general knowledge about your topic?

Keywords and synonyms: What are the simple phrases that best describe what you’re looking for?

Targeted searching: Determine the SUBJECT information on your topic to explore and dive deeper

Revision/trial and error: This is a multi-step process and will take a lot of revision. Usually rethinking keywords.

Read: The more you read, the more sophisticated your searching will become. This is a crucial step in finding material.

Analyze: Scrutinize and interrogate what you find. Does it hold? What questions do you have of the material?

Synthesize: Think through the author’s thesis and boil their work down to drill their work into your research. Be critical.

Where does your topic fit in with your field?: Make a case for your research and find its place. Revision is important.

ID related topics: Are there fields that can help you in your research? What are those? How far do you need to go?

ID related works and authors: Find the authorities in the field as well as subsequent or superseding work

Hypothesis and new research questions: With this round of research, where do you stand? What are your questions now?

Start again!: You now have a much more sophisticated understanding of your topic. Keep going!