If you are enrolled in PSY 105 or PSY 106 and do not wish to participate in research to fulfill the Intro Psych Research Participation Requirement
or if you are unable to participate in enough experiments, you will
have the option of writing short summary papers instead. Each paper is
worth one credit hour. You may do any combination of experiments and
papers to complete your requirements. Papers are accepted by email only (no hard copies) - see below.
To write a summary paper, you will need to find an appropriate
scientific journal article. You can find psychology journals in the
periodical section of the DePaul library. You can also retrieve many
journal articles from the library's website
While some scientific articles can be found through a standard search
engine (Google, Bing, etc.), it is recommended that you use the DePaul
Library search tool.
On the library web site you can go to "databases" and select PsycArticles or PsycInfo. Select "Empirical Study" under Methodology and hit Search. (You can narrow it down by entering a keyword before hitting Search.)
Journal Article Requirements
- The article must be from a scientific journal, such as the
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General or Psychological Science
(just to mention two - there are many others). It can not be from a
newspaper or magazine, such as Psychology Today or Time. The two
journals Psychological Reports and Perceptual and Motor Skills are also
not acceptable sources, although empirical research reports from most
other journals are fine. Scientific American articles are acceptable,
but only if they are about research that is related to psychology. If
you have any question about whether a source is a scientific journal,
email the Coordinator and verify that your source is acceptable before
you write the paper.
- The article must be about research in or related to psychology. In
other words, it must report the results of an empirical study, or
summarize the findings from several studies. It must have data.
- The article must be from a current journal issue. This means that
the publication date must be from the current calendar year. If, for
example, today's date is Jan. 30, 2017, you must use an article
published in 2017. ARTICLES NOT FROM THE CURRENT CALENDAR YEAR WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED, even for winter quarter.
Please keep in mind that you will not receive credit for a paper
that does not meet the requirements outlined below. To help you a
checklist and an example paper are provided below as a guide.
- Deadline: Please turn your papers in to the Psychology Experiment System Coordinators electronically by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to include the phrase, "Alternative Paper Option" in the
subject line. You must turn in all papers by the last scheduled class
meeting (before Final Exam week), or by the date stated in the syllabus
for your class, if the instructor has set an earlier deadline.
- Rejected papers: If you submit a paper that does not follow the guidelines you will not receive credit. In general you will not be able to revise and resubmit rejected papers. Papers submitted less than a week before the deadline are unlikely to be evaluated in time for you to submit a replacement paper if they are rejected.
- Citations: All papers must include APA-style citations. If you are
unsure of what this entails, the details are listed below, and there are
numerous resources available online and within the Psychology
department to assist you.
- No plagiarism, including recycling of papers, cutting and pasting of
text, or verbatim use of phrases from the article. The optional papers
are a class assignment, subject to the same rules of academic integrity
as any other course work. Plagiarism, turning in the same paper twice or
for two different classes, or other violations of academic integrity
will be reported to your instructor and the university.
- No direct quotations of more than three words. Everything must be put into your own words.
- Paper Content – see the checklist/template below for details.
Paper Content Checklist/Template
You may cut and paste this template to format your papers. Please use the headings as listed in this template:
Intro Psych Alternate Research Credit Paper
Insert Name Here
List your name as it appears on the course roster.
Insert Student ID Here
Seven Digit DePaul Student ID No.
Insert Name of Instructor Here
If you have more than one course, only list the name of the instructor for the course listed below.
Insert Course and Section Number
This is the course for which the credit will be assigned. If you
are in more than one course then only list the course for which credit
is to be assigned.
Insert Reference Information for The Article Here
Last name of Author, Initials. (Date of Publication). Title of Article. Title of Journal , Volume, Page Numbers.
- SUMMARY AND COMMENT (1-2 Pages; 12-point font; double-spaced; 1-inch margins)
Purpose of Study
What were the authors studying and why? What did they expect to find (i.e., what were the hypotheses?)?
Review the basic methods. How did they measure what they were
studying? What type of population (abused kids, adults with a disease,
college students, rats, etc.) were they studying?
Results & Discussion
What did the researcher(s) find? Did the results support or fail to
support the authors' hypotheses? What is the meaning of the results?
What are your personal thoughts about this study? Does the study
relate to your personal life, anything that you have learned in your
studies or anything that you have read in the media? Is there anything
missing? What questions does this study raise in your mind? If you have
other reflections, feel free to include those, as well.