Effective Writing in Psychology Papers, Posters, and Presentations

ISBN-10: 0470672447

ISBN-13: 9780470672440

Edition: 2nd 2012

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Description: The second edition of Effective Writing in Psychology helps users produce crisp scientific communication, form concise unambiguous arguments, and render technical information clear and comprehensible. The new edition incorporates the latest guidelines contained within the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual. Clear guidelines on effective writing illustrate how to generate strong and compelling prose, even when the writing is not aimed at a research audience Incorporates changes to the guidelines contained in the 6th edition of the APA publication manual Includes material on how to adapt APA style for poster presentations using PowerPoint, and for oral presentations Contains a new section on using the Internet to present research papers and a new chapter on conducting a literature search, to guide students through databases, keywords, sources, and connections between articles Highlights methods for selecting a research topic and organizing papers Features a sample manuscript showing common deviations from correct APA style and a version demonstrating appropriate use of APA style

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Book details

List price: $66.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Writing in Psychology
Writing in Psychology
How Does Psychological Writing Differ from Other Kinds of Writing?
Using APA Style
Making a Credible Argument
Different Types of Communication
Effective Communication
How to Begin
Organizing and Developing Your Ideas and Writing
Formulating Your Ideas
Identifying Your Focal Question
Locating Relevant Sources
Recognizing Multiple Viewpoints
Ethical Writing
Assessing Your Sources
The Difference between Primary and Secondary Literature
The Difference between Popular and Scholarly Sources
Evaluating Sources
Evaluating Internet Sources
How to Conduct a Literature Search
Understanding Library Resources
Using Article Databases
Using the Internet
Using Sources to Find Sources
How to Read and Summarize a Journal Article
An Overview of the Research-the Abstract
Identifying the Issues-the Introduction
Understanding What Was Done-the Method Section
What Happened-the Results Section
What It Means-the Discussion Section
Where the Ideas Originated-the References Section
Figuring Out What It Means
Organizing a Paper
Organization
Using the Work of Others to Support Your Argument
Editing and Revising
Mechanics
Elements of Style
Recognizing the Importance of Grammar and Style
Choosing Effective Wording
Using Inclusive and Appropriate Language
Deciding on the Use of Technical Language
Avoiding Common Problems
Verb Forms
Spelling
Specific Word Use
Communicating Statistics
Why Do We Use Statistics?
What Point Are You Trying to Make?
Understanding Your Numbers
Helping Readers Understand Your Statistics
Differentiating Results and Interpretations
Preparing APA Format Papers
Writing a Thesis or a Term Paper
Developing Your Idea
Organizing Your Paper Around the Central Questions
Finding Different Perspectives About Your Idea
Developing the Logic of Your Argument
The Introduction Section
Introducing the Topic
Different Approaches to Starting the Introduction
How to Begin
Reviewing the Literature
Reasons for Reviewing the Literature
Clarifying Terms in the Research
Introducing Your Research: Generating a Hypothesis
The Method Section
Participants and Subjects
Materials and Apparatus
Procedure
Design
The Results Section
Your Hypotheses
Deciding What to Present
Reporting Significant and Nonsignificant Results
Marginally Significant Effects
APA Style and Presentation of Your Results
Creating Tables
Creating Figures
The Connection between the Text and the Tables and Figures
The Difference between Results and Discussion Sections
Some Final Points About Presenting Results
The Discussion Section
Summarizing Your Results
Connecting Different Aspects of Your Results
Dealing with Nonsignificant Results
Comparing Your Results with Those of Others
Stating the Importance and Implications of Your Results
Acknowledging the Limitations of Your Study
References Citations in the Text and the Reference List
Citing References in the Text
Citing Sources with Three to Five Authors
Citing Sources with Six or More Authors
Citing Personal Communications
Citing Multiple Sources within Parentheses
Order of Citations in the Reference List
Using Your Word Processing Program to Create the Citation
Examples of How Different Types of References Should Be Laid Out
Final Touches: The Abstract and Formatting Details
The Abstract
Formatting Details
Communicating Beyond the Research Paper
Creating Poster Presentations
Differentiating Visual and Written Communication
Reducing the Amount of Information
Visual Style
Your Behavior: The Ethic of a Poster Session
Creating Your Poster Using PowerPoint(r)
Giving Oral Presentations
The Difference between Oral and Written English
Adapting APA Style to Oral Presentations
Preparing for Your Talk
Creating Graphics for Your Presentation
Giving the Presentation
Presenting Your Work on the Internet
New Capabilities with Internet Publication
Using a Word Processor to Create Manuscripts for the Internet
Advantages of Internet Publishing Software
Publishing Your Poster on the Web
Uploading Your Manuscript to the Internet
Submitting Your Plan to an Ethics Committee
Ethical Standards in Research
Writing a Proposal for an Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Subjects
Writing a Proposal for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for Animal Research
Example of APA-Style Manuscript with Common Errors
Corrected APA-Style Manuscript
References
Author Index
Subject Index
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