Interactive Approach to Writing Essays and Research Reports in Psychology

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Table of contents :
An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in psychology
Contents
About the author
Acknowledgements
CHAPTER 1 Where to begin
1.1 Introduction to APA style
Why research is reported
1.2 Essays versus research reports
Structure of an essay
Sections of a research report
1.3 Finding the right information
Searching the literature
Using the library
Using the internet
Evaluating the quality of information on the internet
1.4 Reviewing the literature
Reading articles
Note taking
1.5 Academic integrity
Plagiarism
Collusion
Checklist
Key terms
Internet activity
Applied activity
Acknowledgements
CHAPTER 2 Writing in APA style
2.1 Learning the mechanics of APA editorial style
Punctuation
Spelling
Capitalisation
Abbreviations and acronyms
Headings
2.2 Point form or seriation
Anchors on a scale
2.3 Numbers
Footnotes
2.4 Writing clearly and concisely
Grammar
2.5 Choosing your words carefully
Avoiding jargon
Wordiness
Sentence and paragraph length
Using non-discriminatory language
Checklist
Key terms
Review questions
Applied activity
Acknowledgements
CHAPTER 3 Critical thinking
3.1 Critical thinking
Scepticism
Objectivity
Open-mindedness
3.2 Critically evaluating research
Interpret and evaluate the research evidence
3.3 General tips on how to write critically
Develop a balanced argument
Logical flow of argument
Checklist
Key terms
Applied activity
Internet activity
Acknowledgements
CHAPTER 4 Essays
4.1 Basic steps in essay writing
4.2 Identifying the essay topic
4.3 Sections of the essay
Title page
Abstract
Introduction
The essay body
Conclusion
Reference list
Word limit
Checklist
Key terms
Applied activity
Acknowledgements
Bad essay
Good essay
CHAPTER 5 Quantitative research reports
5.1 Writing a research report
5.2 Identifying the research topic
Quantitative research
Qualitative research
5.3 Parts of a quantitative research report
Title page
Abstract
Introduction
Hypotheses
Method
Results
Discussion
Reference list
Appendices
Word limit
Checklist
Key terms
Applied activity
Acknowledgements
Bad report
Good report
CHAPTER 6 Qualitative research reports
6.1 Qualitative research in psychology
6.2 The structure of a qualitative research report
Title page
Abstract
Introduction
Methodology
Data analysis
Analysis and Interpretation
6.3 Reflexivity and subjectivity in the analysis and interpretation section
Concluding your qualitative research report
References
Final word
Checklist
Key terms
Applied activities
Acknowledgements
Qualitative research report 1
Qualitative research report 2
CHAPTER 7 In-text citations
7.1 Acknowledging other works
7.2 General forms for in-text citations
Single author
Two authors
Three, four, or five authors
Same work in one paragraph
Six or more authors
Authors with the same surname
Multiple works by the same author
Same author and same year of publication
Two or more works within the same parentheses
No publication date
Online media
Personal communications
Latin abbreviations
7.3 Quotations
Quotations of fewer than 40 words
Quotations of more than 40 words
Quotations from online documents and websites
7.4 Exceptions within the author–date method of citation
Use of “et al.”
No individual author
Year and author integrated in text
Distinguishing between major and minor citations
Citing from online documents and websites
Errors in material being quoted
7.5 Citing a secondary source
Checklist
Key terms
Applied activities
Acknowledgements
CHAPTER 8 Reference list
8.1 Creating a reference list
8.2 APA reference style
8.3 General form of reference entries
Periodicals
Non-periodicals
Electronic media
Other sources
8.4 Ordering the reference list
Special cases for ordering references
Checklist
Key terms
Internet activities
Applied activities
Acknowledgements
CHAPTER 9 How to end
9.1 Polishing your work
Revise and rewrite
Proofread
9.2 General tips for presentation
Typed or handwritten?
Font
Margins
Borders
Spacing
Paragraph indents
Justification
Starting on a new page
Ordering the pages
Length
9.3 Submitting your work
Cover sheets
Late assignments
Backup copies
9.4 Constructive feedback
Checklist
Acknowledgements
Appendix 1
Answers to questions and activities
Appendix 2
Key to errors in bad essay
Appendix 3
Key to good essay
Appendix 4
Key to Good Qualitative Research Report
References
Index
EULA

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