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85-715: Graduate Research Methods in Psychology

Welcome to the 85-715: Graduate Research Methods in Psychology Library Guide

Use the tabs above to navigate through the following pages of the guide:

Finding Research Articles - where and how to begin searching

Databases - finding and using databases

Effective Searching - tips and best practices for searching

Data Sources 

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias 

Zotero - citation management with Zotero

Making Your Data Open

Increasingly, funding agencies and journals are requiring that researchers make their data publicly available. For example, the NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy requires that large scale genomic data be shared, while PLOS journals require that all data underlying the findings in their papers be made publicly available. 

Sharing data and metadata can be beneficial in a number of ways and can be a good option even if not required. Sharing data can:

  • foster collaboration
  • increase the visibility of one's research
  • drive data reuse
  • increase transparency 
  • facilitate the reproducibility of research 


There are a number of great options for making data available, including:

  • government-sponsored repositories
  • discipline-specific repositories
  • our own institutional figshare-powered platform at CMU, Kilthub


Browse the Kilthub respository here. If you are interested in depositing any of your research products (i.e. data sets, conference posters, dissertations, or publications) to Kilthub, please contact us.

Writing and Presention Help

The Global Communication Center can help you with written, oral and visual communication (papers, presentations, speeches, etc.)

Get a 1:1 Consultation for LabArchives

LabArchives is an Electronic Research Notebook that can be used for securely storing, sharing, searching, and managing research data in any field or as an instructional tool in classes. All CMU affiliates have free access to the Educational and Professional Editions of LabArchives. To learn more about how to use the platform, visit our page here or contact Sherry Cusano at to set up a free consultation for you or your work group on how to get started with it.


Useful Resource for Accessing Articles

The LibKey Nomad browser extension provides one-click access to the Libraries' full text resources as you find research on the web and in databases. Find information on how to install here

Be Unique - Get an ORCID ID

Do you have your unique ORCID identifier? ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. Register NOW and get your unique ORCID identifier. More info at ORCID.

OSF for Collaboration and Reproducible Research

Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free & open source project management web-based tool that is useful for:

  • organizing and managing research projects (projects can be private or public) in any discipline
  • viewing files that are stored across a number of platforms (i.e. DropBox, Google Drive, Box) in one place
  • sharing projects or parts of a project with collaborators
  • sharing conference materials
  • student projects
  • pre-registering a study
  • publishing a pre-print


CMU now has an institutional license for OSF. Use your Andrew email address to sign-up for OSF to take advantage of our institutional benefits including:

  • the ability to showcase your project on our CMU landing page if you choose
  • single sign-on
  • increased security


If you are interested in learning more about OSF or need help, you can read our OSF guide or contact University Libraries Data Services at


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