Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story / Edition 1

Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story / Edition 1

by R. Eric Landrum
ISBN-10:
1433803321
ISBN-13:
2901433803320
Pub. Date:
04/28/2008
Publisher:
American Psychological Association

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Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story / Edition 1

This book takes readers step-by-step through crafting research questions or theses; executing library database searches; analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing literature; and drafting specific parts of a paper. Writing samples, including two full-length student papers in draft, marked-up, and final form, illustrate key concepts such as how to synthesize literature, how revision differs from editing, and how to recognize and avoid plagiarism.

Students will find invaluable guidance on how to communicate with instructors on a professional level along with examples of checklists and grading rubrics instructors might use. They will also benefit from a self-quiz to enhance their knowledge of APA Style, as well as example reference formats and other quick-reference style tools.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901433803320
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 3

1 Why Psychology Students (and Not Just English Majors) Have to Write 1

Telling a Good Story With Scientific Information: Can It Be Done? 8

Why Do We Tell the Scientific Story? 11

Types of Assignments 11

Meeting Audience Needs: What Is the Instructor Asking for? 14

Why APA Style and Format Exist 17

2 Starting Your Paper: Finding the Thread of Your Story 21

Selecting a Topic 21

Developing a Thesis Statement or a Research Question 24

Uncovering the Backstory, Part 1: Your Library Search Strategy 27

What Sources Are Allowed? 34

3 Extracting the Useful Nuggets From a Literature Search 37

Uncovering the Backstory, Part 2: Primary and Secondary Sources 38

Evaluating Sources 40

Which Information Is Most Pertinent? 42

Keeping Track of Ideas 48

Keeping Track of Sources 49

Alternate Methods of Recording and Using Research Notes 51

4 How to Write Your Psychology Paper With Style: General Tips 53

Why Instructors Like to Read Stylish Papers 56

Audience Approval Meter: Ask What You Are Being Graded On 64

Telling and Retelling Your Story: Drafting, Editing, Revising, and Proofreading 64

How to Avoid Plagiarism With Style and Good Academic Citizenship 73

Quiz Yourself on APA Style 78

5 Bringing the Audience Up to Speed With Literature Reviews 89

Literature Reviews Provide Story Context 90

Guiding Principles for Writing Literature Reviews 91

Reassembling Pieces of the Story: Synthesis 92

Organizing a Literature Review 95

Sample Literature Review 97

6 Telling an Original Story Through a Research Paper 105

Set the Tone: Introduction and Sample 106

Total Transparency: Method Section and Sample 107

What Happened, but Not Why: Results Section and Sample 114

Explain and Question Again: Discussion Section and Sample 118

7 The Rest of the Story: Title, Abstract, References, and Tables 133

Titles and Abstracts for Posterity's Sake 134

References: Your Paper's Pedigree 135

Tables at a Glance 136

Putting It All Together 137

Sample Research Paper, Completed 137

8 Reshaping Your Story for Different Audiences: Other Types of Writing in Psychology 163

Oral Presentations at Conferences 164

Poster Presentations 165

Writing for the Web 167

Essay Exams 171

Writing for Pleasure and Insight 172

References 175

Index 183

About the Author 191

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