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PSYCH 3002 - Research Methods in Psychology

A guide to using APA PsycInfo, Google Scholar, determining if a journal is peer-reviewed, and limiting to empirical studies. Includes directions for creating a Zotero account, how to upload citations to Zotero, and how to download citations in APA format.

Browsing Peer-Reviewed Psychology Journals for Topics and Studies

The following peer-reviewed psychology journals are great places to find a topic or browse for a study.

The company JCR (Journal Citation Reports) rates all of the following sources as high-impact journals


While most of the articles found in the following journals will be empirical studies (quantitative or qualitative research) some of these journals also include book reviews and review articles. If you must have a research article be sure the article you have chosen includes Methods, Results, and Discussion sections.

The following two dozen journals represent only a fraction of the literature. To search a larger body of research use either APA PsychInfo or Google Scholar.   


Peer-Reviewed High Impact Psychology Journals