You teach a required course that introduces students to the academic and professional field of psychology. One of the goals of the class is to familiarize students with the types of library tools and sources that they will need to use progressively throughout the psychology major. Students eventually need to be able to evaluate empirical research in order to inform clinical decisions. But beginning students do not have the subject expertise to do this yet.
1. Students need to understand that psychologists use empirical rather than anecdotal data to make decisions.
2. Students need to understand that psychologists publish empirical research in peer-reviewed journals and that these journals are often not available for free on the Web, and that the provides access to these journals through specialized search tools.
3. Students need to be able to conduct a basic search and access material in the library’s print and electronic collections.
4. Students need to understand the legal, ethical, and practical reasons for citing the work of others in written materials. They need to be able to identify the elements of a citation and format a citation in APA style.
5. They need to understand the basic format of a research study (research problem or question, literature review, methods, findings, etc.) in order to learn strategies for reading and understanding scholarly work in the field.