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Faculty Guide to Library Research Assignments

Psychology Assignment

This research assignment requires students to explore background information for their project.

This assignment was provided by an AUS Psychology professor.

Background Research

 Hypothesis Generation and Background Research

1) Generate a hypothesis describing behavior of some group or people in some context

2) Cite 3 empirical Journal articles that are relevant to your hypothesis:

The background research does not need to directly test your hypothesis (in fact, it’s better if it doesn’t), but it should have some implications for your hypothesis.

For each reference, use correct APA style and relevance of study to your hypothesis. Ensure that all references are empirical papers from peer-reviewed journals.

APA style takes the form:

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (YEAR). Title of article. Title of Periodical, Vol, pp-pp.

Lawrie, Z., Sullivan, E. A., Davies, P. S. W., Hill, R. J. (2007). Body change strategies in children: Relations to age and gender. Eating Behaviors, 8, 357-363.

Be sure to attend to capitalization, punctuation, and general form (the second line is indented, the journal title and volume number are italicized)

 

3) Generate a hypothesis predicting behavior

4) Cite 3 empirical Journal articles that are relevant to your hypothesis

The background research does not need to directly test your hypothesis (in fact, it’s better if it doesn’t), but it should have some implications for your hypothesis.

For each reference, 1 point for correct APA style and relevance of study to your hypothesis. Ensure that all references are empirical papers from peer-reviewed journals.