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PSY 224 - Research II: Scientific Investigation

This guide is designed to support PSY-224 taught on CAMPUS by Dr. Peter Frost.

Institutional Review Board

Institutional review boards are committees formed to review and monitor biomedical and behavioral research with human subjects. All research involving human subjects must be approved by the IRB before research begins. Visit the SNHU IRB site to learn more, review the research submission process, and download the forms you'll need to get started.

SNHU Undergraduate Research

SNHU Undergraduate Research Day
Wed. April 6, 2022

SNHU hosts an annual Undergraduate Research Day on campus to showcase research done by undergraduates during the year. Students select a mentor, submit a proposal by the deadline, and if accepted, conduct their research and present on the first Wednesday of April at Undergraduate Research Day. At this point in time, only students who attend SNHU on campus are eligible to participate. Students conducting research using human subjects are required to submit a proposal to the IRB (see box above) prior to submitting their proposal to UGR. 

This PSY224 class is expected to submit their research projects to SNHU Undergraduate Research Day. Use the link below to submit a description of your project (250 words or less):

Conducting Psychological Research

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.

Research Methodologies

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:

Psychological Tests and Assessments

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:

Data Sets 

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.


Online Data Sets

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