ICT Literacy in Psychology

Compiled by Dr. Lesley Farmer, California State University Long Beach


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2010). Psychology Information Literacy Standards.

 The following wiki is useful for psychology:


  • Social Sciences/Psychology
  • Social Sciences/Psychology/APA Style and Manuscript Preparation
  • Social Sciences/Psychology/Statistics and Research Methods
  • Education/TeacherEd/Educational Psychology
  • Science and Technology/Kinesiology/Psychology of Physical Activity
  • Academic Support Services/ICT Literacy
  • Academic Support Services/Library and Information Services/Information Literacy  
  • Psychology Community Portal:



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  • Delaval, M., Michinov, N., Le Bohec, O., & Le Hénaff, B. (2017). How can students’ academic performance in statistics be improved? Testing the influence of social and temporal-self comparison feedback in a web-based training environment. Interactive Learning Environments, 25(1), 35-47.
  • Jones, S., & Allen, J. (2012). Evaluating psychology students' library skills and experiences. Psychology Teaching Review, 18(2), 94-115.
  • Gordon, L., & Bartoli, E. (2012). Using Discipline-Based Professional Association Standards for Information Literacy Integration: A Review and Case Study. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 31(1), 23-38.
  • Milczarski, V. B., & Maynard, A. M. (2015). There Has to Be a Better Way! Using a Case Study Approach to Information Literacy Instruction in Psychology Courses. Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching Volume XIV, 45.
  • Rock, A. J., Coventry, W. L., Morgan, M. I., & Loi, N. M. (2016). Teaching research methods and statistics in elearning environments: Pedagogy, practical examples, and possible futures. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 339.


  • Ask students to flowchart how psychologists gather, identify, assess, and analyze data — and then make recommendations based on that analysis. 
  • Ask students to evaluate websites about a psychological issue (e.g., transsexual surgery), and compare websites and their critique. Ask students to select relevant database aggregators (e.g., PsycInfo, PubMed, Web of Science). 
  • Ask small groups of students to research a psychology topic, each using a different database, and compare process and results. 
  • Ask students to compare the same psychological topic (e.g., family therapy) in different types of resources (e.g., primary versus secondary sources, professional association versus trade periodicals, online database aggregators versus online search engines, different formats such as video and radio, different kinds of social media such as blogs and wikis). 
  • Ask students to investigate how laws and regulations impact psychology. 
  • Ask students to compare codes of ethics of different psychology-related professional associations. 
  • Ask students to create timelines about benchmark events and legal decisions about a psychological issue (e.g., mental health care). 
  • Ask students to trace the scholarly path of significant psychologists. 
  • Ask students to compare psychology issues (e.g., attitudes about mental health) in different countries. 
  • Ask students to research the impact of technology on different psychological issues. 
  • Ask students to create a Public Service Announcement about a psychological issue (e.g., domestic abuse). 
  • Ask students to observe and write field notes about behavior relative to a psychological issue (e.g., use of social media). 
  • Ask students to use analyze a psychological dataset to answer an anthropological research question (e.g., what relationship exists between substance abuse and antisocial behavior). 
  • Ask students to research and compare divorce practices in different countries. Ask students to critique magazine advertisements relative to ethnocentrism. 
  • Ask students to analyze how psychologists are portrayed in television and movies. 
  • Ask students to conduct action research about a psychological issue (e.g., binge drinking). 
  • Ask students to investigate a career that builds on a psychology major.