Writing for Psychology

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Writing for Psychology offers a concise, yet thorough guide to successful writing for psychology courses. This theoretically grounded resource covers experimental laboratory reports, term papers (non-experimental research reports), essay exams, and oral presentations. This book thoroughly explains writing as a four-step process involving writing as a tool for thinking and learning, drafting, revising, and editing. The authors provide explicit instruction along with annotated student samples of the experimental ...
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Overview

Writing for Psychology offers a concise, yet thorough guide to successful writing for psychology courses. This theoretically grounded resource covers experimental laboratory reports, term papers (non-experimental research reports), essay exams, and oral presentations. This book thoroughly explains writing as a four-step process involving writing as a tool for thinking and learning, drafting, revising, and editing. The authors provide explicit instruction along with annotated student samples of the experimental lab report, the term paper, and the exam essay. Samples also help to explain effective note taking, annotation of research materials, the keeping of reading-response and research logs, and methods of varying written style. Readers learn how to plan their written projects and how to seek and receive good advice on revising drafts. The book also includes a section on dealing with the most common errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling as well as a concise guide to APA style. For those who need to know the standards for writing in the field of psychology.
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Identifies rules and traditions specific to writing on psychology, provides examples, and describes ways to make writing enjoyable and successful. Opening chapters cover general rules for all writing, with examples adapted to the needs of psychology students, and later chapters address experimental lab reports, term papers, exam essays, and oral presentations. Includes a brief guide to rules for citation of sources. Corrected, annotated, and sample papers demonstrate principles. The authors are professors of English and psychology at George Mason University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780205280018
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 10/7/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Writing for Psychology.
Distinctive Challenges about Writing for Psychology.
What This Book Covers.

2. Writing Techniques to Increase Learning.
A Question of Attitude: Writing for Yourself.
Writing and Memory: Taking Good Notes.
Writing to Improve Reading: Marginalia and Other Annotations.
Writing to Improve Reading: Keeping the Reading Response Log.
Writing to Improve Observation.
Writing Dialogue: An Exercise for Listening.
Close Description of Objects: An Exercise for Viewing.
Describing a Process: An Exercise in Narrative.
Writing to Experiment with Style and Format.
Going Public: From Writing for Yourself to Writing for Others.

3. The Writing Process: Predrafting, Drafting, Revising, and Editing.
General Principles, But No Single Formula.
"Prewriting" and Data Collection.
Drafting: A Change in Attitude.
Planning the Draft: The Three Keys.
Effective Revision.
Editing the Revised Draft.

4. Writing Experimental Laboratory Reports.
Lab Reporting: A Central Skill.
APA Style and Format Guidelines.
Standard Format of the Laboratory Report.
Section 1: The Title Page.
Section 2: The Abstract.
Section 3: The Introduction.
Section 4: Method.
Section 5: Results.
Section 6: Discussion.
Now It Is Time to Write Section 2: Abstract.
Section 7: References.
Finally¬ÖTry to Tell a Story about Solving a Problem.

5. Writing Term Papers and Critical Evaluations of Research Papers.
Writing Critical Reviews.
Writing Term Papers.

6. Taking Exams.
Multiple-Choice Exams, Tests, and Quizzes.
Writing Short, Timed Responses: The PRO System.
Writing Timed Essays.
Editing and Proofreading.
A Final Word to the Wise: Answer All Questions.

7. Oral Presentations.
Written Preparation for the Talk.
Written Visual Aids.
Tips for Effective Speaking.
Further Sources We Suggest.

8. Brief APA Citation Guide.
Citing Sources within the Text of a Manuscript (no direct quotations).
Citing Direct Quotations.
Citing Sources in a Reference Section.

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