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Assignment | Topic Research (Watkins): Getting Started

PSYC 2301 | Professor B. Watkins (Fall 2022)




Research a topic in Psychology that is of interest to you. Using the library databases, choose at least 3 journal articles that relate to your topic. Your paper should include FIVE (5) sections, described below, and be 6-8 pages in length (not including the Title Page & References)

  • Title Page
  • Introduction
  • Body of Paper (2 parts – Literature Review & Discussion)
  • Conclusion
  • References

Full assignment details can be found in your D2L classroom.

Before You Research

Based on the course assignment(s) students will research topics using course materials and outside sources that are within this guide and the LSC library pages of Lone Star College. This guide contains information on the research process, the distinction between credible information sources and scholarly sources, and APA citation.

Begin the research process by building your knowledge of your topic or subject. Course textbooks and the sources linked below offer background information, introduce specialized terminology and provide a foundation to develop the context for your topic. Once this foundation is developed, scholarly sources enable students to dig deeper into seminal and current research.   

Background Information






Managing Your Research

While conducting research you will need to capture the articles and associated citations. Your process will be very individual, but be consistent and choose a tool to help organize your research. Some suggested tools below:

EvernoteEvernote - The Basic version is free. Works across all mobile devices. Create notebooks for each course or writing assignment. Be sure to download the Web Clipper as well.

ZoteroZotero - Zotero is a free, open access extension that runs in the Firefox and Chrome browsers that's designed to gather, download, and tag your research. Helpful tutorials.

OneDrive - Cloud storage from Microsoft Office 365. 1 TB free for Lone Star College students. You will find this tool in your myLoneStar account or at