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Research Guides | Library | Amherst College

PSYC-228: Abnormal Psychology

Where to (start) looking

Abstract: what this study was about, and how they did it
Introduction: contextualizing the study, further describing the focus
Discussion/Analysis/Conclusion: broader implications of study, further research directions possible

Further reading:
How to (seriously) read a scientific paper
Scientists at different career stages share their reading strategies

What to keep in mind

As you read through articles, try to answer these questions:

  • What are the major topics of this study?
  • What is the broad context of this study?
  • What is the specific context of this study?
  • How did the authors investigate this topic?
  • What were their major findings?