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PSY102 Research Skills Guide: Assessment 3

What are you being asked to do?

In Assessment 3, you are asked to write a research report on a correlational study.

Read the assessment item information in your Subject Outline carefully. There is more detail there about what you need to do.

You will be demonstrating:

  •  your ability to analyse contemporary issues from a psychological perspective
  •  your ability to demonstrate an understanding of the structure of a scientific psychological report
  •  your ability to evaluate and write a research report in journal article format
  •  your ability to use descriptive and basic inferential statistics in a research report
  •  your ability to critically reflect on the research process.

Within your introduction you are expected to include "a review of relevant literature", check out the following three pages for guidance on locating relevant literature.

In the Write tab, you will find resources to assist you with writing your research report.

Start with a plan

Planning an effective search strategy can save you time and retrieve more relevant results.

At this first stage, you need to work out:

  • what the assessment is asking you to do
  • how you are going to search for answers to the question

If you are confused or unsure about the assessment topic, ask your lecturer or tutor who will be happy to talk it through with you.


A search strategy is a well thought out approach and plan about how to search for relevant information. Developing a search strategy is extremely important. Using information sources in a consistent, structured manner will save you time. Not only does the strategy provide you with an overall structure for your search, it provides a record of your search history. As your research develops and your search is refined, your search history can be extremely useful.  It can also improve the relevancy of results obtained as you have thought through your keywords and synonyms and how these relate to each other.

To develop a search strategy you will need to:

  • define and write down your research question - what is it that you are going to research?;
  • identify key words, terms and phrases - concept/mind maps can help tease out themes and keywords;
  • identify keyword synonyms;
  • consider what type material you will include and why;
  • identify where you will search for the information - more about this on the next page!

Topic analysis

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