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Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story



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Now updated to reflect the changes made from the 5th to the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual, this book takes undergraduate psychology students step-by-step through the process of writing papers. Sample draft and final papers are included.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 3
Why Psychology Students (and Not Just English Majors) Have to Writep. 1
Telling a Good Story With Scientific Information: Can It Be Done?p. 8
Why Do We Tell the Scientific Story?p. 11
Types of Assignmentsp. 11
Meeting Audience Needs: What Is the Instructor Asking for?p. 14
Why APA Style and Format Existp. 17
Starting Your Paper: Finding the Thread of Your Storyp. 21
Selecting a Topicp. 21
Developing a Thesis Statement or a Research Questionp. 24
Uncovering the Backstory, Part 1: Your Library Search Strategyp. 27
What Sources Are Allowed?p. 34
Extracting the Useful Nuggets From a Literature Searchp. 37
Uncovering the Backstory, Part 2: Primary and Secondary Sourcesp. 38
Evaluating Sourcesp. 40
Which Information Is Most Pertinent?p. 42
Keeping Track of Ideasp. 48
Keeping Track of Sourcesp. 49
Alternate Methods of Recording and Using Research Notesp. 51
How to Write Your Psychology Paper With Style: General Tipsp. 53
Why Instructors Like to Read Stylish Papersp. 56
Audience Approval Meter: Ask What You Are Being Graded Onp. 64
Telling and Retelling Your Story: Drafting, Editing, Revising, and Proofreadingp. 64
How to Avoid Plagiarism With Style and Good Academic Citizenshipp. 73
Quiz Yourself on APA Stylep. 78
Bringing the Audience Up to Speed With Literature Reviewsp. 89
Literature Reviews Provide Story Contextp. 90
Guiding Principles for Writing Literature Reviewsp. 91
Reassembling Pieces of the Story: Synthesisp. 92
Organizing a Literature Reviewp. 95
Sample Literature Reviewp. 97
Telling an Original Story Through a Research Paperp. 105
Set the Tone: Introduction and Samplep. 106
Total Transparency: Method Section and Samplep. 107
What Happened, but Not Why: Results Section and Samplep. 114
Explain and Question Again: Discussion Section and Samplep. 118
The Rest of the Story: Title, Abstract, References, and Tablesp. 133
Titles and Abstracts for Posterity's Sakep. 134
References: Your Paper's Pedigreep. 135
Tables at a Glancep. 136
Putting It All Togetherp. 137
Sample Research Paper, Completedp. 137
Reshaping Your Story for Different Audiences: Other Types of Writing in Psychologyp. 163
Oral Presentations at Conferencesp. 164
Poster Presentationsp. 165
Writing for the Webp. 167
Essay Examsp. 171
Writing for Pleasure and Insightp. 172
Referencesp. 175
Indexp. 183
About the Authorp. 191
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