Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Jan 07, 2018     Views: 3274

You can find research that uses margin of error by searching for articles in one of the Library's Psychology databases using the phrase margin of error and other synonyms.

Here is an example search:

1. On the Library homepage, click on Select a subject in the Subject Resources area. 

2. From that list, click on the link for Psychology.  

3. Select a database from the Psychology databases.

Note:  PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES are good databases to use for this search.  

4. Once in the database you selected, you will see multiple search boxes.

Type in the first search box:

confidence interval OR margin of error OR sample error

​The search box will look like this:

5. In the second search box you can type keywords to describe a specific topic of interest.

Note: You can also leave the other search boxes blank to do a broad search for any articles mentioning margin of error.

6. Check the box next to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals to limit your search to only articles that were published in peer reviewed journals.

7. Click Search.

Check the subject terms 

When you look through your results, the Subjects may help determine if you can use an article. You may see subject terms such as confidence limits or error of measurement.

Look at the abstract

More often you will need to click the article title to read the abstract or even open the full text of the article to determine if it is one that you can use.

In the abstract and full text, look in the results section.  This is where you will find information about the confidence interval or margin of error.


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