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PSY 242: Forensic Psychology: Research Time

Research Time

Use this time to "try out" a possible topic for your research paper. Remember, this is time to EXPLORE, and you're not required to ultimately use this for your final paper topic.

1) Brainstorm a topic idea. Do you have in mind a specific presentation of a psychologist working in a forensic context that you'd like to analyze for this paper? Is there a specific aspect of forensic psychology that you're interesting in focusing on for this paper (competency, insanity, civil commitment, etc.)? Briefly describe your possible topic:

2) Search for an overview of your topic: Check your textbook, the Handbook of Psychology volume 11, a book you found searching the library catalog, or see if you can find a review article in PsycINFO. Look for a source that will provide an overview and references for further reading. List one source you've found that provides an overview:

3) Search PsycINFO for recent research articles related to your topic. List the citations for 3 recent research articles about your topic. Read the abstract (and skim the full text if it's available), and write 1-2 sentences describing each article's findings and implications for forensic psychologists:

4) Reflection & next steps. In 1-2 sentences, reflect on the progress you made developing your topic and searching for sources today, and list your next steps.

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