APA Style Simplified : Writing in Psychology, Education, Nursing, and Sociology

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-05-15
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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This is a compact but comprehensive guide to writing clearly and effectively in APA style. Demonstrates how to write objective scientific research papers using interesting prose Incorporates guidelines from the 6th edition of the APA publication manual Explores how to develop ideas, connect them to what others have written, and express them clearly Discusses the differences between written, oral, and poster presentations and offers instructions for applying APA style to each

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Writing Professionallyp. 1
How Does Professional Writing Differ From Other Kinds of Writing?p. 2
Using APA Stylep. 3
Making a Credible Argumentp. 5
Different Types of Communicationp. 6
Effective Communicationp. 8
Establishing Good Writing Habitsp. 9
Ethical Writingp. 10
Elements of Stylep. 15
Recognizing the Importance of Good Grammar and Stylep. 16
Choosing Effective Wordingp. 17
Using Inclusive and Appropriate Languagep. 19
Deciding on the Use of Technical Languagep. 20
Avoiding Common Problemsp. 21
Verb Formsp. 24
Spellingp. 25
Specific Word Usep. 25
The Introduction Sectionp. 32
Introducing the Topicp. 33
Different Approaches to Starting the Introductionp. 34
How to Beginp. 38
Reviewing the Literaturep. 38
Introducing Your Research: Generating a Hypothesisp. 40
The Method Sectionp. 43
Participants and Subjectsp. 44
Materials and Apparatusp. 52
Procedurep. 56
Designp. 58
Communicating Statisticsp. 59
Why Do We Use Statistics?p. 60
What Point Are You Trying to Make?p. 61
Understanding Your Numbersp. 63
Helping Readers Understand Your Statisticsp. 65
Differentiating Results and Interpretationsp. 68
The Results Sectionp. 69
Your Hypothesisp. 70
Deciding What to Presentp. 71
APA Style and Presentation of Your Resultsp. 74
Creating Tablesp. 77
Creating Figuresp. 82
The Connection Between the Text and the Tables and Figuresp. 87
The Difference Between Results and Discussion Sectionsp. 87
Some Final Points About Presenting Resultsp. 88
The Discussion Sectionp. 91
Summarizing Your Resultsp. 92
Connecting Different Aspects of Your Resultsp. 94
Dealing With Nonsignificant Resultsp. 95
Comparing Your Results With Those of Othersp. 96
Stating the Importance and Implications of Your Resultsp. 97
Acknowledging the Limitations of Your Studyp. 98
References: Citations in the Text and the Reference Listp. 100
Citing References in the Textp. 101
Order of Citations in the Reference Listp. 105
Using Your Word-Processing Program to Create the Citationp. 105
Examples of How Different Types of References Should Be Laid Outp. 106
Final Touches: The Abstract and Formatting Detailsp. 114
The Abstractp. 115
Formatting Your Manuscriptp. 116
Creating Poster Presentationsp. 135
Differentiating Visual and Written Communicationp. 135
Reducing the Amount of Informationp. 136
Visual Stylep. 137
Your Behavior: The Ethic of a Poster Sessionp. 142
Creating Your Poster Using PowerPointŪp. 144
Giving Oral Presentationsp. 152
The Difference Between Oral and Written Englishp. 152
Adapting APA Style to Oral Presentationsp. 156
Preparing for Your Talkp. 157
Creating Graphics for Your Presentationp. 159
Giving the Presentationp. 160
Sharing Your Work Electronicallyp. 163
New Capabilities in Electronic Sharingp. 164
Using a Word Processor to Create Manuscripts for the Internetp. 165
Advantages of Internet Publishing Softwarep. 167
Publishing Your Poster on the Webp. 169
Uploading Your Manuscript to the Internetp. 169
Revisiting the Concept of Plagiarismp. 170
Example of APA-Style Manuscript with Common Errorsp. 171
Corrected APA-Style Manuscriptp. 179
Referencesp. 188
Name Indexp. 195
Subject Indexp. 198
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