Mythbusting Assignment (SS1011)
Introduction to Psychology
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Selected Sites on Psychology Myths
Source: Lilienfeld, S., Lynn, S., Ruscio, J., & Beyerstein, B. (2010). 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
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2 Forms of citation you will need for this assignment
Basic Format for an Online Database Article
- Author’s Last Name, First Initial. (Year, Month Day). Article title. Magazine/Journal/Newspaper Title,
Volume number (Issue number), Page numbers. Retrieved Month Day, Year, from Database Name
- Douthat, R. (2006, January/February). Peace on earth.The Atlantic Monthly, 297 (1), 50. Retrieved
April 10, 2006, from InfoTrac OneFile database.
Basic Format for a Web Page
- Author, Institution, Company, or Organization Responsible for the Website (if available).
(Year, Month Day website was last updated). Title or description of page. Retrieved Month Day,
Year you visited the website, from: URL (address of website)
- LD Online. (2006). Speech and language milestone chart. Retrieved April 11, 2006, from:
Your searches can be more efficient & effective if you consider adding synomyms to your search strategy when searching either Google or the library databases. Here are some to choose from, followed by an example of how they can be used in a search:
Synonyms to add to a search when you're looking for evidence to support the myth:
proof (or proven)
- Example: "subliminal messages" AND advertising AND proof
Synonyms to add to a search when you're looking for evidence to debunk the myth:
- Example: "subliminal messages" AND advertising AND myth
You can also try looking for 2 or more synonyms at once. Here's an example:
- "Subliminal messages" AND advertising AND (myth OR false OR debunk*)
Note: the asterisk(*) after "debunk" in the example above will return articles that include this word and any of its endings, such as "debunked," "debunks," or "debunk."
Interested in additional synonyms? Here are our 2 favorites synonym finders:
No definitions, buts lots (a plethora, an abundance, an extravagence, a plentitude) of synonyms!
Sometimes you need to try a different word for your search. This synonym finder shows how words are related to each other in visual, mind-map style.
The Top 3 Databases for This Assignment
Here are two databases that offer articles that are particularly relevant for this assignment. But don't hesitate to search any of the remaining databases you can find on our Article Databases & Journals page.
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Searches millions of resources in the Library’s physical collection and online resource databases all at once.
Academic Search Premier
Two multi-disciplinary databases with extensive coverage in magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers and more.
Physical and behavioral health related resources. Click on Advanced Search option to search for health related articles from scholarly and academic publishers.
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Citation Creator - KnightCite
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