Conducting your own psychological research means designing and executing surveys or experiments, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions from your findings. Conducting original or primary research is how scholars and students contribute to the body of scholarly knowledge. You may find the resources on research methodologies, psychological tests & assessments and databases that include datasets on this page helpful during the design and execution of your research project.
The PSY224 course description says:
Students in PSY224 will understand a variety of research methods, including experimental This link opens in a new window, survey This link opens in a new window, correlational This link opens in a new window and case-history techniques This link opens in a new window. They will become aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each method and understand when each method is best used.
The SAGE Research Methods database (Link below) provides definitions, tutorials, videos, cases, etc. about all the different types of research methodologies. Click on the Research Tools tab at the top of the screen to see the Methods Map This link opens in a new window, Project Planner and "Which Stats Test" tools to help you learn about the different methods and select the tools you need to conduct your research study.
How to use the SAGE Research Methods database:
Researchers use various tools to measure particular psychological and social phenomenon. These tools or tests are stringently reviewed for validity and reliability. When searching for tests, be sure to locate the accompanying reviews to substantiate your choice of tool prior to submitting your research proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
You may find tests listed in these databases that are available only in print format or from the creator. Check the availability and permissions to see how you might access a copy of the instrument.
You may also find information about psychological measures in books. Below are some examples:
Research may be conducted using existing data sets. Demographic data sets may be used to frame further research. The library subscribes to some databases containing data sets. Others are available freely online.
What is Open Data?
In simple terms, Open Data means the kind of data which is open for anyone and everyone for access, modification, reuse, and sharing. Open Data derives its base from various “open movements” such as open-source, open hardware, open government, open science, etc. Governments, independent organizations, and agencies have come forward to open the floodgates of data to create more and more open data for free and easy access.(Definition from freeCodeCamp.org)