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Applied Psychology (Penn State Berks)

Welcome to the virtual library for students in applied pscyhology courses at Penn State Berks.

The Importance of Scholarly Sources

Scholarly journal articles (also called peer-reviewed, academic, refereed) are the best types of articles for psychology literature reviews and other assignments. Most upper-level classes require the use of scholarly articles in literature reviews.  It is important to use scholarly articles in your assignments because they:

  • provide higher quality information than popular magazines
  • show you the work of other psychologists
  • offer research findings rather than unfounded opinions. 

Check out the "Scholarly or Popular?" video tutorial to learn the differences between scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal articles and popular magazine articles.

Scholarly vs. Popular Tutorial (from Lincoln Memorial University)

Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

Scholarly Journal Article Titles:


Popular Magazine Article Titles: