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DPSY 6002 Walden University: Week 2: Information Is Power: Scholarly Resources and Critical Thinking

DPSY 6002 Walden University: Week 2: Information Is Power: Scholarly Resources and Critical Thinking

This week, you will focus on evaluating sources and identifying the characteristics of scholarly and non-scholarly sources and peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed sources. You will also be introduced to the Walden Library and academic databases where peer-reviewed literature is found as well as techniques and strategies to begin expanding your research skills.

Learning Objectives

You will:

  • The contrast between scholarly and non-scholarly sources
  • Demonstrate familiarity with academic databases in the Walden Library
  • Analyze the importance of peer-reviewed articles in scholarly research
  • Identify the elements involved in critical thinking
  • Apply critical-thinking skills PSYC-6002 Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review Learning Resources for this week and familiarize yourself with navigating the Walden Library, searching Library databases, and limiting your searches to full text, peer review, and publication date.
  • Search the “APA PsycINFO database” in the Walden Library and locate a peer-reviewed article on a psychology topic you would like to explore relevant to your area of specialization in your program.
  • Next, search the Internet and locate an article related to the same topic.
  • Reflect on the sources of both articles, and evaluate each article using the evaluation methods listed in the Learning Resources.

With these thoughts in mind:

By Day 3

Post a brief description of the articles you found. Next, compare and contrast the articles and explain the differences you noticed between them.  Further, explain how the use of peer review articles will improve the arguments in your scholarly writing. As a professional in the field of psychology, which article would you use as evidence to support your ideas? Provide the article title and journal name for the article you find in the Library and the URL for the article you found online.

Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 5

To participate in this Discussion:

Week 2 Discussion 1