Easyguide to APA Style

ISBN-10: 1412991242
ISBN-13: 9781412991247
Edition: 2012
List price: $27.00
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Description: Written by experienced psychology instructors who are respected member of the APA's Teaching of Psychology division, this guide provides an easy alternative for anyone struggling with APA style. Written in a clear, conversational, and sometimes  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/15/2011
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 224
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Written by experienced psychology instructors who are respected member of the APA's Teaching of Psychology division, this guide provides an easy alternative for anyone struggling with APA style. Written in a clear, conversational, and sometimes humorous style, this book presents easy-to understand explanations of how to write research papers, cite research, and do any work requiring APA format. The authors demystify the process with easy-to-follow advice, tips, and visual representations of how to use APA style.

Preface
Our Reader-Friendly Approach
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Overview
Style Versus Format: Why It Matters to Your Audience and Why It Should Matter to You
What Is the Difference Between APA Style and APA Format?
Why APA Style Anyway? Wasn't MLA Good Enough?
In the Long Run, Attention to Detail Matters (Including APA Style and Format)
Write for Your Specific Audience: Term Papers Versus Formal Research Papers
Your Visual Table of Contents QuickFinder
The Sample Paper With Content and Page Numbers
Writing with (APA) Style: Big Picture Items
Bare-Bones Fundamentals: General Writing Tips Specific to APA Style
Clear and Succinct Writing
Commonly Confused Words in Psychology
Subject-Verb Agreement
Active Voice Versus Passive Voice in APA Style
A Quick Grammar Summary for APA-Style Writing
Parts of a Sentence
Parts of Speech
Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid
Thou Shalt Not Steal (or Be Lazy): Plagiarism and How to Avoid It
But I Didn't Know …
It Sounds Like a Bad Word
Quoting: More Than Just a Copy and Paste
Paraphrasing: In Your Own Words
An Author's License (Yours): Modifying Source Material
But I Can Freely Use My Own Work, Right?
How About This for a Plagiarism Awareness Exercise?
Avoiding Biased Language
The Fundamental Lesson: View People as Individuals First
Specifie Recommendations for Reducing Bias: Nonsexist Language and Other Areas
Sexual Orientation
Racial and Ethnic Identity
Disabilities
Occupations
Gender and Pronouns: With an Indefinite Recommendation
Writing with (APA) Style: Getting Down to Business
Whodunnit (or Said It)? Citing References in Text
A Good Rule of Thumb
Ready, Cite, GO
In-Text Citation Basics
A Variation on the Theme
What Do I Do When I Need to Cite More Than One Article in the Same Spot?
What If I Have Two or More Articles by the same Author and Some Are the Same Year?
What If I Have Two or More Articles by Authors With the Same Last Name?
How Do I Cite an Article or Document From a Website?
If I Refer to the Same Article More Than Once in the Same Paragraph Do I Cite It Every Time?
How Do I Cite an Article That I Read About in Another Article or Book?
How Do I Cite a Lecture, an E-Mail, or a Conversation?
There Is a Method to the Madness
Where in the Flow of Pages Do You Place the Method Section?
Where Does This Information Go in the Method Section?
Subjects/Participants Subsection
Materials and Apparatus
Procedure
Formatting Your Method Section
And the Winner Is? Writing Your Results and Associated Fun
Let's Talk Statistics
Basics and Beyond
Formatting Your Results Paragraph
Including Effect Size and Power
Everybody Needs References
A Helpful Note
Creating Your Reference Section
Using Abbreviations
The Basics
Basic Reference Section Formatting Rules
Some of the Not-So-Basic Rules You Might Need
Presenting Your Work in APA Format
The Numbers Game: How to Write Numbers (and When the Rules Change)
When You Use Numerals
When You Use Words
Using Both Numerals and Words
How to Use Decimal Points
How Many Numbers Should Be Written After the Decimal Point?
Additional Rules for Including Numbers in Your Paper
Metrication
When Do You Use Abbreviations?
Formatting: Organizing, Headings, and Making Your Work Look Good to Print
What Goes Where?
What Your Paper Should Look Like
Headings
Spelling Matters: Spelling Rules and Capitalization
Final Touches
Table That Motion: The Special Challenges of Tables and Figures
What's What
Getting the Look Down
A Note on �Notes�
Figuring It Out
Get Legendary (and Use Captions)
Where to Place Tables and Figures
But I Am Doing a Literature Review: Coul0d I Use a Table or Figure?
Don't Forget
Make Microsoft Word 2007 Work for You: APA Formatting
Word 2007 Tabs and Drop-Down Menus
Setting the Margins
Line Spacing and Spacing Between Paragraphs
Page Headers (First Page and Subsequent Pages) and Page Numbering
Tabs, Centering, and the Ruler
References and the Hanging Indent
Preparing a Table (Rows, Columns, Lines, Centering)
Fonts and Font Variations (Italics, Bold, Superscript)
Page Breaks, Orphans, and Widows
Spell-Checker and Grammar Checker
Developing Good Habits: Autosave, File Naming, File Storage, Frequent Backups
Some Nitty-Gritty Details
Making a List, Checking It Twice: Enumeration and Seriation
Why Bother?
Keeping Order at the Section Level
Order Within Paragraphs or Sentences
On a Related Note
The Devil Is in the Details: Abbreviations, Signs, Symbols, and Punctuation
OMG: To Abbreviate or Not?
Blinding You With Science and Latin
Punctuation
In Closing: Important Considerations
Using Rubrics: Knowing What It Means to Write a Good Paper
Follow Rubrics When Provided
Example Rubric
Get It Right! Proofreading the Entire Paper
Sample Student Paper for Practicing Proofreading
Complete Sample of an Experimental Paper: Samples, Anyone?
Sample Paper
Additional Resources on Writing
All Together Now: How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes
APA Style and Format Checklist
Be Aware of Professors' Pet Peeves
Error List for Chapter18
APA Style and Format Checklist
References
Index

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