Writing for Psychology

ISBN-10: 1111840636

ISBN-13: 9781111840631

Edition: 4th 2013

Authors: Janina M. Jolley, Mark L. Mitchell, Robert P. O'Shea

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WRITING FOR PSYCHOLOGY, Fourth Edition offers concise assistance for students writing their research analyses using APA style. By providing concrete examples of common errors, the authors show rather than merely tell students what to do and what to avoid. This manual will help students adhere to the basics of APA style; refine critical thinking skills, library search skills, revising skills, editing skills, and proofing skills; and avoid plagiarism. Checklists precede a summary at the end of every chapter, giving students the chance to make sure they have been thorough in their reports.
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List price: $74.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Janina M. Jolley graduated with "Great Distinction" from California State University at Dominquez Hills and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from The Ohio State University. She is currently an executive editor of "The Journal of Genetic Psychology" and "Genetic Psychology Monographs" and Professor of Psychology at Clarion University. Her professional affiliations include the Middle-Eastern Honor Association (President 1999 to 2000; Vice-President 1998 to1999), American Psychological Association (Division 2: Teaching of Psychology and Division 20: Adult Development and Aging), American Psychological Society, Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology, The Midwestern Psychological Association, and Phi Kappa Phi. Her hobbies include flying, Civil Air Patrol, biking, and spending time with her family.

Professor Robert O'Shea is the professor of psychology at Southern Cross University. Prior to this he taught at the University of Otago, Dalhousie University, Northwestern University, Queen's University (Canada) and the University of Queensland, having received his PhD from the University of Queensland in 1983. He has published extensively in major psychology and neuroscience journals. His research is on visual perception, especially binocular vision, perception in the real world, depth perception, peripheral vision, and movement perception. He has taken study leaves at Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and the University of Rochester. Professor O'Shea has been an associate editor of Perception & Psychophysics, a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the coordinator of the 2004 Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference.

To the Student
To the Professor
What Every Student Should Know About Writing Psychology Papers
Understanding the Written and Unwritten Directions
Understanding Academic Values
Be Informed: Read to Write
Make a Claim: Have a Point, Get to That Point, and Stick to That Point
Defend Your Claim with Logic and Evidence
Be Honest
Use Sour Own Words
Understanding APA Style
Appropriately Personal Prose: The Objective �I�
Simple Language: Do Not Confuse the Reader
Respectful Language: Do Not Offend
Writing and Revising
Plan to Finish Early
Think, Search, Read, and Get Organized
Write Your First Draft
Revise Your First Draft: Reorganize, Rethink, Reread, and Rewrite
Help the Reader Navigate Through Your Paper
Address Readers' Objections
Polish Your Writing
Check Language, Grammar, Spelling, Usage, and Punctuation
Final Formatting
Five Final Checks
Submitting the Finished Product
Avoiding Common Problems: A Checklist
Writing Essays and Term Papers
From Topic to Thesis Statement
Parts of a Term Paper and Their Headings
Formatting the Tide Page, Wording the Title, and Writing the Author Note
Formatting the Tide Page
Wording the Tide
Writing the Author Note
Writing the Abstract
Formatting the Abstract
Introduce Generally and Gendy
Introduce Key Issues
If Necessary, Introduce Key Definitions
Introduce and State Your Thesis
Arouse the Reader's Curiosity
Make the Material Tell a Coherent Story: Have a Theme, Organize Your Notes, and Outline Your Paper
Be Both Concise and Precise
Focus on Facts and Fairness
Know Your (Facts') Limitations
Conclude by Summing Up Your Case
Conclude-Do Not Introduce
Sample Term Paper
Checklist for Evaluating Your Paper
Writing Research Reports and Proposals
General Strategies for Writing Your Paper: Presenting, Writing, and Planning Its Different Parts
Main Headings and Sections: Formatting the Research Paper's 10 Sections
The Value of Writing Your Paper out of Order
The General Plan of Your Paper
Formatting the Tide Page, Wording the Tide, and Writing the Author Note
Formatting the Tide Page
Wording the Tide
Writing the Author Note
Writing the Abstract
Finishing and Formatting the Abstract Page
Introduce the General Topic
Review Relevant Research and Theory
Introduce the Hypothesis
Participants or Subjects
Materials or Measures
Design and Other Optional Subsections
Statistical Significance
Formatting Statistical Information
When Not to Use Either a Table or a Figure
When to Use Tables
Creating Tables
When to Use Figures
Creating Figures
Briefly Restate the Results
Relate Results to Other Research
State Qualifications and Reservations-And Use Them to Propose Future Research
Explain the Research's Implications
Sample Research Report
Report and Proposal Content Checklist
Finding, Reading, Citing, and Referencing Sources
Finding Information
Starting Your Search: Databases, Search Terms, and Secondary Sources
Using One Reference to Find More References
Deciding What to Read: Choosing Acceptable Sources
Read Purposefully
Take Thoughtful, Useful Notes-And if You Copy, Be Careful
Revise Your Notes
Citations: What to Cite and Why
Citing From Secondary Sources
Citing Information Obtained From the Internet
Citing Personal Communications
General Rules for How to Format Citations
What Your Citation Should Include: Usually, Only Name and Date
General Strategies for Formatting Author and Date Information: Use Only Name Citations and Parenthetical Citations
Formatting Individual Citations: Principles and Examples
Work by One Author: Whether the Listed Author Is a Person, Organization, or "Anonymous"
Work by Two Authors
Work by Three, Four, or Five Authors
Work by Six or More Authors
Work by Author Sharing Same Last Name as Another Cited Author
Work With No Listed Author
Works With Dating Problems: Not Published, Not Yet Published, No Publication Date, Multiple Publication Dates
Works From Nontraditional Sources: Personal Communications and Secondary Sources
Formatting Multiple Citations
More Than Two Works by Different Authors
More Than Two Works by the Same Author
Citing the Same Work by the Same Author More Than Once
Citing the Same Work by the Same Authors More Than Once
Embedded Quotations
Block Quotations
Deciding What to Reference
Cite but Do Not Reference Communications That Cannot Be Retrieved
Reference Secondary Sources You Read but Not Original Sources That You Only Read About
Formatting References
Starting the Reference Page
General Tips for Formatting Individual References
Put Your References in Alphabetical Order and Follow These Rules to Break Ties
Formatting the First Part of the Reference: The Author Names
Formatting the Second Part of the Reference: The Publication Date
Formatting the Third Part of the Reference: The Title
Referencing Books
Referencing Book Chapters
Referencing Journal Articles
Referencing Abstracts of Journal Articles
Referencing Internet Sources
Academic Honesty Checklist
Formatting Citations Checklist
Finding and Using Sources Checklist
Reference Page Checklist
Making Your Case: A Guide to Skeptical Reading and Logical Writing
Deductive Arguments
Inductive Arguments: Making Relatively Careful Generalizations
Argument by Analogy
Overview of Problems in Making Arguments
Appeals to Emotion, Faith, or Authority
Appeals to Emotion
Appeals to Faith
Appeals to Authority
Unfair Arguments
Ad Hominem Arguments
Ignoring Contradictory Evidence
Straw Man Arguments
General Errors in Reasoning From Evidence
Inferring Causation From Correlation
Making Something out of Nothing: Misinterpreting Null Results
Adding Meaning to Significance: Misinterpreting Significant Results
Trusting Labels Too Much: Not Questioning Construct Validity
Not Questioning Generalizations
Critical Thinking Checklist
Writing the Wrongs: How to Avoid Gruesome Grammar, Putrid Punctuation, and Saggy Style
Elements of Grammar
Personal and Impersonal Pronouns
Relative Pronouns
End Marks (Periods, Question Marks, Exclamation Points)
Quotation Marks
Know What You Mean
Let the Reader Know What You Are Comparing
Use Comparatives and Superlatives Correctly
Divide or Reconnect Run-On Sentences
Help Readers Get "It" (and Other Pronouns) by Specifying Nonspecific Referents
Attribute Humanity Only to Humans
Writing With Style
Accentuate the Positive
Point the Way Within and Between Paragraphs
Use Parallel Construction
Use a Consistent, Formal Tone
Use Small Words and Short Sentences
Be Precise
Be Concise
Be Cautious
Your Own Style
Parts of Speech
Preparing the Final Draft
Presentation: Appearance Matters
Paper, Margins, Spacing, and Spaces
Word Processor Settings: Making Your Word Processor Help You
APA Format
Page Headers and the Title Page
Tables and Figures
Format Checklists
General Appearance Checklist
Headings and Headers Checklist
Numbers Checklist
Citations and References Checklist
Abbreviations Checklist
Title Page Checklist
APA Copy Style Versus APA Final-Form Style
Problem Plurals
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