Locate meta-analyses, empirical studies & literature reviews in PsycINFO

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to find meta-analyses, empirical studies & literature reviews in PsycINFO.

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What is a meta-analysis?

A Meta-analysis is the statistical analysis of results from numerous independent studies within the same research subject. Researchers can convert a range of study results into data points, and use them to show patterns or phenomenon.

A meta-analysis will include:

1. A research question

2. A set of representative studies that have been reviewed and coded for important information

4. A systematic analysis of the data

5. A set of conclusions that can be used to guide future research

Adapted from: Durlak, Joseph A. "Basic Principles of Meta-Analysis

How to locate a meta-analysis

Go through the steps below to learn how to search of a meta-analysis:

Type eyewitness identification into the PsycINFO search box.

Click Search

Locate the blue bar on the left of the screen. Scroll down and locate the arrow next to Methodology

Click Methodology

Select meta analysis

Click Update

This will give you a list of meta analyses written on eyewitness identification

What is a literature review?

A Literature review is a summary and synthesis of published studies in a specific research area, providing new interpretation of material or tracing history and progression of the field. A literature review can be on its own or will be present in academic research papers, and are good for getting an overview of a topic as well as establishing credibility for an author of a research paper including a literature review.

From http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/literature-reviews/

 

How to locate a literature review

Click Clear

Type eyewitness identification into the PsycINFO search box.

Click Search

Locate the blue bar on the left of the screen. Scroll down and locate the arrow next to Methodology

Click Methodology

Select literature review

Click Update

This will give you a list of literature reviews that have been conducted on the topic of eyewitness identification.

What is an empirical study?

An empirical study reports the results of a study using data from observation or experimentation.

An empirical study will include:

1. An abstract

2. An introduction

3. A method section

4. A results section

5. A discussion/conclusion section

6. References

From http://users.library.fullerton.edu/cbruns/empirical_research.htm

How to locate an empirical study

Click Clear

Type eyewitness identification into the PsycINFO search box.

Click Search

Locate the blue bar on the left of the screen. Scroll down and locate the arrow next to Methodology

Click Methodology

Select empirical study

Click Update

This will give you a list of empirical studies that have been conducted on the topic of eyewitness identification.

 

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What is a meta-analysis?

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You will need to conduct a search in PsycINFO to answer the following question.

How many Meta-analyses are there on the topic of eyewitness identification in the PsycINFO database?

Locate this article: "Forgetting the once-seen face: Estimating the strength of an eyewitness's memory representation". (It is in your list of search results).

Who is the first author of this article?

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What is an empirical study?

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You will need to conduct a search in PsycINFO to answer the following question.

How many Empirical studies are there on the topic of eyewitness identification in the PsycINFO database?

Locate this article:  (It is in your list of search results). "A perpetrator's accent impairs witnesses' memory for physical appearance"

Open the abstract of the article by clicking on the article title.

What is the authors' hypothesis?

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What is a literature review?

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You will need to conduct a search in PsycINFO to answer the following question.

How many literature reviews are there on the topic of eyewitness identification in the PsycINFO database?

Locate this article:  (It is in your list of search results). "Sequential vs. Simultaneous Lineups: A Review of Methods, Data, and Theory"

Open the abstract of the article by clicking on the article title.

What do the authors of this review discuss?

 

Accessing this database after you have completed this tutorial

Under Search and Find, go to Articles and Databases and then select your database using the alphabetical list.

 

 

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