Signed on to FirstClass and went to the project discussion area to see if anyone else had posted any new questions or comments about the project, or whether the tutor had left some new information for us regarding the first assignment. Since there were no new messages, I logged off and went to the next step of accessing the university library...
There are many useful databases that afford access to a great many sources of reputable research. Some of these are: ERIC [ http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/Home.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=advanced ] ISI Web of Knowledge [ http://www.isiwebofknowledge.com/ ] SwetsWise [ https://www.swetswise.com/public/login.do ] PsycINFO [ http://www.apa.org/psycinfo/ ] ScienceDirect [ http://www.sciencedirect.com/ ]
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