Undergraduate Writing in Psychology Learning to Tell the Scientific Story

ISBN-10: 1433803321
ISBN-13: 9781433803321
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 4/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Why Psychology Students (and Not Just English Majors) Have to Write
Telling a Good Story With Scientific Information: Can It Be Done?
Why Do We Tell the Scientific Story?
Types of Assignments
Meeting Audience Needs: What Is the Instructor Asking for?
Why APA Style and Format Exist
Starting Your Paper: Finding the Thread of Your Story
Selecting a Topic
Developing a Thesis Statement or a Research Question
Uncovering the Backstory, Part 1: Your Library Search Strategy
What Sources Are Allowed?
Extracting the Useful Nuggets From a Literature Search
Uncovering the Backstory, Part 2: Primary and Secondary Sources
Evaluating Sources
Which Information Is Most Pertinent?
Keeping Track of Ideas
Keeping Track of Sources
Alternate Methods of Recording and Using Research Notes
How to Write Your Psychology Paper With Style: General Tips
Why Instructors Like to Read Stylish Papers
Audience Approval Meter: Ask What You Are Being Graded On
Telling and Retelling Your Story: Drafting, Editing, Revising, and Proofreading
How to Avoid Plagiarism With Style and Good Academic Citizenship
Quiz Yourself on APA Style
Bringing the Audience Up to Speed With Literature Reviews
Literature Reviews Provide Story Context
Guiding Principles for Writing Literature Reviews
Reassembling Pieces of the Story: Synthesis
Organizing a Literature Review
Sample Literature Review
Telling an Original Story Through a Research Paper
Set the Tone: Introduction and Sample
Total Transparency: Method Section and Sample
What Happened, but Not Why: Results Section and Sample
Explain and Question Again: Discussion Section and Sample
The Rest of the Story: Title, Abstract, References, and Tables
Titles and Abstracts for Posterity's Sake
References: Your Paper's Pedigree
Tables at a Glance
Putting It All Together
Sample Research Paper, Completed
Reshaping Your Story for Different Audiences: Other Types of Writing in Psychology
Oral Presentations at Conferences
Poster Presentations
Writing for the Web
Essay Exams
Writing for Pleasure and Insight
References
Index
About the Author

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