UG/PG Research

Research Guidelines/Ethics

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APA Code of Ethics [Official]

The official APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (Effective since January 1, 2017); available at https://www.apa.org/ethics/code/ethics-code-2017.pdf [pdf]

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ICMR Ethical Guidelines [Official]

National Ethical guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research involving Human Participants; given by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)https://main.icmr.nic.in /sites /default/files/guidelines/ICMR_Ethical_Guidelines_2017.pdf [pdf]

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DSM (5th edition) [Official]

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition) by the American Psychiatric Association; available at http://repository.poltekkes-kaltim.ac.id/ [pdf]

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ICD-10 (WHO) [Official]

International Statistical Classification of Diseases & Health Related Problems (2nd edition) by the World Health Organization (WHO); available at https://www.who.int/classifications/icd/ICD-10_2nd_ed_volume2.pdf [pdf]

Formulating Research Topic

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Current Research topics

Check out some of these current or relevant research areas; Link 1 (APA), Link 2 (EduStore), Link 3 (VeryWellMind), Link 4 (APS). Also, download this book chapter on selecting research topics.

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Coming up with a Research topic

Check out this list of interesting research topics found on Google, which could be useful for students to jumpstart their research topic selection process [pdf]

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Creating the Problem Statement

Most important points in creating a Problem Statement for your research topics; given by Dr. Marilyn K. Simon [pdf]

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How to write a Research Problem statement

A short but useful guide to coming up with Research problem statements given by piu@sheffield.ac.uk [pdf]

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What is a Problem Statement?

Editorial on research problem statement given by Hernon and Schwartz; and published in Library and Information Science Research (29-2007) [pdf]

Review of Literature

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Literature review & Focusing your research [Book chapter]

This Book chapter by Sage Publications covers the entire Literature review process in depth, with lots of useful examples and illustrations; more suited for social sciences. It is a good starting point for students writing ROLs for the first time [pdf]

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A Brief Guide to Writing a Review of Literauture

This short guide to ROL writing by University of Toronto provides useful guidelines to writing your Review of Literature chapter; including two neat lists on Questions to ask about your ROL and Questions to ask about the resources you are reviewing[pdf]

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Writing a Literature Review in Psychology

This resource material from the University of Washington Writing Center covers range a of areas in ROL writing, right from what it is, how to go about finding articles, and also how to read them and compile the final review.  [pdf]

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Flowchart for writing the Review of Literature

This short, illustrative guide by  the Writing Resource Center, CSU Bakersfield covers the process of writing a literature review, details of formatting and organization of content in ROL, and provides two examples of a thematic review of literature [pdf]

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Writing a Literature Review (Review articles)

This short document by Western Sydney University introduces the purpose and process of writing standalone Literature reviews or Review articles. It has a useful table that helps to understand the difference between Literature reviews and normal college essays. [pdf]

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Sample of Literature Review chapter

This document by Key et al. (2010) is a good sample for Review of Literature chapters in research dissertations. Although it covers a pharmaceutical related topic, the authors have provided useful annotations and comments throughout the document. [pdf]

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40 steps to your ROL

This list by an unknown source has summarized useful content from legitimate resources and compiled a step wise process to writing your ROL, covering various nuances, issues, tips and useful links for the various steps. [pdf]

Research Writing

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A Brief Guide to Writing the Psychology Paper

This guide by Harvard College provides useful information on the types of Psychology papers, natures of sources to use, challenges in writing a paper, etc. It provides useful idea about various headings to cover within research articles

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Detailed Guidelines for Research Dissertations

This detailed guide covers everything to know about Research dissertations; chapter organization, headings, writing style, structure and formatting, etc. The whole resource has been formatted according to APA as well and can be used as a template.

Summary of Points on Research

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Brief on the Scientific Method

This guide by VeryWellMind describes the scientific process most often used in Psychology research; it can be found at https://www.verywellmind.com/steps-of-the-scientific-method-2795782?print (by Kendra Cherry)

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Important concepts in Psychology research

These class notes by Remika Sirikulthada outlines the most important concepts in Psychology research. Based on the CAIE Psychology A level course, these notes are useful for undergraduate students starting out with research

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Basic concepts in Psychology research (book chapter)

This book chapter covers the introduction to Psychology research, and outlines the most important concepts related to the scientific research process