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Psychology: Reading Research Studies

Guide to information resources suitable for psychology classes.

Experimental reports or research articles in the Social Sciences follow a specific format. Understanding this format helps you in two ways. First, you can identify experimental reports or research articles when you review search results from a database. Second, when you need to read the report for an assignment you will can more easily find the relevant sections.

The six sections of an experimental report are explained below. This information is adapted from "Writing the Experimental Report" at Purdue OWL.

6. References

The References list includes any sources cited or referred to in the paper. Typically, Psychology and Sociology studies will be in APA format.