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Psychology (Penn State Berks)

Welcome to the virtual library for students in psychology 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: