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Student Research Guide: Milgram's Experiments: Home

by Jaycie Abenroth

Introduction to the Topic

This guide is focused to help those researching the Stanley Milgram experiment of 1963, with a side focus on how we can apply those findings to modern day current events, namely the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the sources focus on the history of the original experiment, so this guide will work either way. One big thing to note is that this topic is highly controversial because of the deceptive nature of the experiment. This is not a good topic to research if you are easily disturbed.

Keywords for searching the topic

  • Milgram Experiment
  • Stanley Milgram
  • Obedience
  • Obedience to Authority

Best Databases/Search Engines

Credo Reference Database

  • This is a good database to use in order to get factual information on the Milgram experiment.

Films on Demand

  • There are some wonderful videos on the Milgram experiment here, some even including pieces of footage from the original experiment in them.


  • I found some very interesting journals detailing modern replications of the Milgram experiment using this database, which was both interesting and extremely helpful to my topic.

Start Your Research Here

Encyclopædia Britannica. (n.d.). Stanley Milgram. Britannica Academic. Retrieved November 7, 2021, from

  •  A very basic overlook of the topic. Good for beginning research, but doesn't go much farther from there.

Great Thinkers: Human, All Too Human. Films On Demand, Films Media Group, 2011, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

  • A short video clip on Stanley Milgram and his experiment. A good watch and provides basic information as well as some good visuals from the original experiment.
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