Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story

Pages: 192
Item #: 4313015
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0332-1
List Price: $29.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $24.95
Copyright: 2008
Format: Softcover
Availability: In Stock
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This book takes the reader step-by-step through:

  • crafting research questions or theses
  • executing library database searches
  • analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing literature
  • drafting specific parts of a paper
  • and more

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. Guidance on how to communicate with instructors on a professional level is given, and the book shows examples of checklists and grading rubrics instructors might use. A self-quiz to engage the reader's knowledge of APA style and format is also included, as well as example reference formats and other quick-reference style tools.

Table of Contents



  1. Why Psychology Students (and Not Just English Majors) Have to Write
  2. Starting Your Paper: Finding the Thread of Your Story
  3. Extracting the Useful Nuggets From a Literature Search
  4. How to Write Your Psychology Paper With Style: General Tips
  5. Bringing the Audience Up to Speed With Literature Reviews
  6. Telling an Original Story Through a Research Paper
  7. The Rest of the Story: Title, Abstract, References, and Tables
  8. Reshaping Your Story for Different Audiences: Other Types of Writing in Psychology



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