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PSYC 315-1 Psychology of Family Relationships (Woodruff)

Fall 2020 -- Professor Goodman

Media Critique Assignment - Stage 1

Media Critique Assignment: Thinking like a scientist about media reports on psychology of the family 


Stage 1: Gathering your sources -- (Due by 10 p.m. eastern time on September 3)

1.Find a media report on a recent scientific finding that claims to be reporting on a recent publication of a research finding within psychology of the family. Some good sources include:



Psychology Today

Scientific American 


New York Times

Science of Us

Real Clear Science

Ars Technica

New Scientist

Popular Science

Live Science

Smithsonian Magazine


2.  Find the published scholarly article that the media report featured.

Note: this is not always easy since media reports rarely give full citations. Sometimes (rarely) there is a link to the article. If not, you may have to do a little detective work, using your best library search skills. At this point, just find the article. Do not read it yet.

You can look up individual journals in ejournals@Emory.

You can also search for the article in databases. A few to try are:

3.  Fill in the details on a form we will provide to you, on which you will provide:

a. The media headline

b. The internet link - the URL - to the media report

c. The full citation of the published scientific paper (APA Style)

d. A pdf of the article 

Set up Google Scholar to link to Emory Libraries resources


To add a "Find It @ Emory" button that links to Emory Libraries resources in Google Scholar:

  1. Go to, then the "Settings" menu, then select "Library Links." 
  2. Search for Emory University, and select the "Find It @ Emory" box.
  3. Save changes. 
  4. When you now search for articles in Google Scholar, you should see a "Find it @ Emory" link to the right of materials that we hold. Select the "Find it @ Emory" link to access Emory Libraries' materials. 
    • NOTE: Unlike a library database, many sources found in Google Scholar require payment before providing full text; check library holdings of journal titles in eJournals@Emory, discoverE or Interlibrary Loan before paying.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.

Google Scholar Search