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In this concise book, you'll find all the practical tips and the step-by-step guidance you need to write effective papers in the American Psychological Association (APA) style. You'll discover which rules in the APA Publication Guide you must learn, and which you can reference on a need-to-know basis. You'll also learn how to avoid the grammar and punctuation errors commonly found in social work papers and how to master the precise word usage that is vital to scholarly writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534621827
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Lenore T. Szuchman, Ph.D., Florida International University, is a developmental psychologist and Professor Emerita of Psychology at Barry University, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses on lifespan development as well as undergraduate research methods courses. She has supervised a wide range of master's theses and senior projects that have been published and presented at professional and student conferences regionally and nationally. She has been awarded funding for research from the National Institute on Aging and received the Barry University President's Award for Excellence in Research. She is the author and coauthor of articles on cognition and social cognition in older adults as well as on gender issues in various age groups. In addition to being the author of WRITING WITH STYLE: APA STYLE MADE EASY, she is co-editor of the book, PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN SEXUALITY (John Wiley and Sons). She has been a member of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the American Psychological Association (APA). She has also served as a Psychology Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Dr. Barbara Thomlison is a professor in the School of Social Work and director of the Institute for Children and Families at Risk at Florida International University. She obtained her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Toronto. Her academic experiences involve various undergraduate and graduate programs, where she teaches advanced clinical practice and family intervention courses. Her research interests include parenting programs, children at risk of maltreatment, family and youth violence, foster care, and early childhood interventions. Dr. Thomlison's extensive publications include articles, chapters, and books in the areas of child maltreatment interventions, parenting for effectiveness, family assessment, risk and resilience, foster care, APA style, forensic assessment, intervention in child sexual abuse, evidence-based internships, and designing evidence-based intervention search strategies. She is actively involved as a board member in local and national child welfare, foster care, and family service organizations. Her lengthy interdisciplinary practice history also includes services to children and families, as well as policy services research.

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Table of Contents

Preface     XI
Writing With Style     1
The Stylistic Distinction     1
Getting Started     3
An Exception     6
Ethics and Writing     7
Using Exact Words and Sentence Structure     8
Changing Words and Sentence Structure     9
Changing the Format     11
Borrowing and Recycling Ideas     12
Technical Phrases and Attribution     13
The Internet     14
General Writing Techniques     15
Referring to Other Authors     15
Words and Phrases to Collect     17
Words and Phrases to Avoid     19
Looking Back and Looking Ahead     31
Grammar and Punctuation Matters     33
Parallel Construction     33
Half-Empty Comparisons     34
Agreement     35
Run-on Sentence or Comma Splice     36
Punctuation     38
Important Differences Between People and Things     39
Looking Back and Looking Ahead     43
Writing an Introduction     45
What Was Done and Why     46
Relevance of the Research Question     48
Looking Back and LookingAhead     53
Writing the Literature Review     55
What Has Been Written or Researched?     56
Reviewing the Empirical Literature     57
Appraising the Literature     59
Synthesizing the Literature     60
Organizing the Literature Review     61
Use Headings     63
Looking Back and Looking Ahead     68
Writing the Method Section     71
Organization     71
Participants     72
Materials and Measures     76
Procedure     78
Remember Your Audience     79
Looking Back and Looking Ahead     87
Writing the Results Section     89
Statistics     89
Tables and Graphs     93
Useful Rules     96
Looking Back and Looking Ahead     104
Writing the Discussion Section     109
Discussion of the Results     111
Implications for Theory, Research, and/or Practice     111
Limitations and Directions for Future Research     112
Looking Back and Looking Ahead     120
Writing the Abstract     123
Contents     124
Style      125
Looking Back and Looking Ahead     132
Listing References     133
Word Processing Tips     134
Alphabetizing     134
Journal Article Reference     135
Chapter in an Edited Book     136
An Authored Book     138
Electronic References     138
Historical and Archival References     139
References in the Body of the Manuscript     140
Looking Back and Looking Ahead     144
Preparing the Title Page and Formatting Your Manuscript     147
Writing a Title     147
Elements of the Title Page     149
Formatting     150
Looking Back and Looking Ahead     153
Polishing the Paper     155
Rewrite and Revise     155
Edit and Rewrite     159
Proofread (Not a Rewrite)     159
Final Touches     161
Looking Back and Looking Ahead     161
Preparing a Presentation     163
Poster Presentations     163
Oral Presentations     170
Looking Back and Looking Ahead     173
Sample Research Report/Proposal Outline     176
Sample Theoretical/Concept Review Paper Outline     177
Sample Title Page for a Journal Manuscript     178
Sample Abstract Page     179
Summary of Steps in Conducting an Internet Search for a Literature Review     180
References     183
Index     785
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