Students in Professor Karin Donahue's PSYC 103 classes can use this page for help with locating your media article and other sources for your media report assignment.
Paper: To engage your critical thinking skills, read and evaluate a media story about a topic in psychology. The story can be drawn from the newspaper, a magazine, a website, etc. This assignment will enhance your awareness of how psychological issues are portrayed to the public and will challenge you to become a more thoughtful, informed consumer about these topics.
(1) - Identify a recent media report (article) focusing on psychology (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans, suicide, prescription of antidepressant drugs for children, mindfulness, etc.)
(2) - Research the topic further, using at least 3 sources/references.
(3) - Connect your media report and additional research.
Total length of the paper – 5 pages (8 pages for WI sections). Double spaced, one-inch margins. Attach a copy of the media report article to your paper.
You can use any mainstream, recognizable news source or news website for your media report.
Here are some suggestions for places to look for your article:
APA Psychology Newswire
If you get stuck, you could also try these places:
|Discover||New Scientist||The Atlantic|
|Popular Science||The Scientist||The Washington Post|
|Science News||The New York Times|
Adding the words study, research, or findings to your search may help.
Some websites may let you browse or directly search their "psychology," "science," or "health" sections. They might also tag or label their articles with these topics.
Use any search or sorting filters (type, articles, date) to help navigate the results.
If you are blocked by a pay-wall or subscriber log in pop-up, try reading the article in an incognito or private browsing window.
In your Print Preview, if your media/news article doesn't look like it will print cleanly (odd formatting, many advertisements, extra space or pages), try using: PrintFriendly PDF. It lets you delete any website "extras" on the page that are not part of the article itself.
Avoid anything labeled with the words advice, opinion, letter, or editorial.
The media/news article:
Your media report will come from a website, which means you will have to manually create the APA citation for that source. Here are two examples that you can follow when citing an article from a website in APA style (6th edition).
Don't forget to cite your other sources as well. See the Citing Sources tab on this guide for more information.
You can use any credible book, reference book, newspaper, magazine, trade/professional, scholarly/peer-reviewed articles, or websites for your 3 additional sources.
Our general reference databases (Credo Reference, Gale Virtual Reference Library) may be good places to start looking for your other sources. The library also has psychology focused databases (Oxford Handbooks Online, PsycARTICLES, ProQuest Central) that include news, magazine, trade/professional, and scholarly/peer-reviewed articles from psychology publications and experts. You can access individual databases through the library's Databases A to Z or Databases by Category lists.
You can also use the EBSCO Discovery Service tool on the library's home page. It tries to search the catalog and all the library's individual databases at one time. If your media report article mentions a specific study that was done, you could use EBSCO Discovery to try to find the original peer-reviewed research article authored by those who conducted the study.
The Articles in Library Databases tab on this guide might help with your searches for articles.
If you decide to use websites, remember that they must be credible. Information from government and regulatory agencies (.gov), professional associations or organizations (.org), and research or educational institutions (.edu) tend to be the best for academic research. Google's Advanced Search will help you search just these website types.
If you haven't used them as the source of your media report article, you could use online articles from Psychology Today, Scientific American, or Science Daily as one of your additional sources as well.
See the Websites tab of this guide for more suggestions.
Scholarly/peer-reviewed articles are generally preferred for academic research and considered the most credible of any source you might use.
Although it is important to be able to recognize them and find them when searching, they may be too detailed or technical for your topic and this assignment. It is ok if you decide to use other credible sources instead.
If you're stuck trying to find a topic, try: