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Psychology Research Guide: Signature Assignment (Cross-Cultural Comparison)

A guide to resources for psychology


  • Examine a psychological concept and compare it to at least one other, non-American culture.
  • Use a minimum of 5 total sources, at least 2 of which need to be scholarly journal articles.
  • Write a paper using APA format, including a cover page.

Other sources to try

Recommended resources

Tips and tricks

  • Use our Gale encyclopedias (in the box above) to search for your psychological concept to start.
  • Use the "Advanced Search" option in our databases so you can search for multiple terms at once
  • Try using "cross-cultural comparison" as one search term, along with your psychological concept and your country.
    • Example: "Cross-cultural" and Japan and emotion
    • The more search terms you use, the fewer results you get. Be flexible, try different combinations!
  • Keep an open mind about what country or psychological concept you want to research.
  • If you don't find a lot of articles in Academic Search Premier, try OneSearch (the main search box on the library homepage).

Getting started

Here's a 10-minute video recorded by one of our librarians, going over how to use the tips on this page along with our recommended databases.