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How To Write in Psychology: A Student Guide

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5693-6
258 pages
October 2008, ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Through the use of clearly defined instructions and examples, How to Write in Psychology is a concise and comprehensive guide for the well-prepared student on the principles of writing essays and research papers for psychology.
  • Presents everything the well-prepared student needs to know about the principles and practice of writing for psychology
  • Compares and contrasts the different writing requirements and techniques for essays and research reports in psychology
  • Offers advice on constructing figures and producing properly formatted graphs and tables
  • Includes exercises to improve grammar, style, and critical awareness
  • Provides checklists, tips for getting started, and examples of a properly written essay and lab report
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List of Illustrations.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1 Some Preliminaries.

2 Writing the Essay.

3 Preliminaries to Writing the Lab Report.

4 Writing the Quantitative Lab Report.

5 Writing the Qualitative Research Report.

6 Presenting Numbers, Tables and Figures.

7 Writing the Project.

8 Writing for Exams and Answering MCQs.

9 Writing for Other Purposes.

10 Attention to Detail: More on APA Formatting, Especially References.

11 Some Basics of Grammar and Common Confusions.

12 Improve Your Editing Skills.

Appendix 1: An Example Student Essay.

Appendix 2: An Example Student Quantitative Lab Report.

References.

Index

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Dr. John R. Beech is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Leicester. He has authored many journal articles and has written or co-edited several books, including The Psychological Assessment of Reading, Assessment in Neuropsychology, and Assessment in Speech and Language Therapy.
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  • Presents everything the well-prepared student needs to know about the principles and practice of writing for psychology
  • Compares and contrasts the different writing requirements and techniques for essays and research reports in psychology
  • Offers advice on constructing figures and producing properly formatted graphs and tables
  • Includes exercises to improve grammar, style, and critical awareness
  • Provides checklists, tips for getting started, and examples of a properly written essay and lab report
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In the average psychology degree, there's a whole lot of writing to be done, and much of it is very stylistically prescribed, and the student new to psychology has to quickly develop and use a new vocabulary and understand the demands of examinations, essays, experimental reports, and longer works such as final-year research projects. Furthermore, even research reports differ, depending on whether they are write-ups of quantitative or qualitative research, and so on.

This book is clear, well-structured, readable, enjoyable and highly informative. Given that students have a lot to learn in the course of their studies, any book that propels them forward has to be welcomed. There are hundreds of volumes on writing, a handful of which are focused on writing in psychology. This, in my opinion, is by far the best of them.

Mark Forshaw, Staffordshire University

"Written in a style that is clear, direct, and concise, How to Write in Psychology is an indispensable handbook for students - a must for anyone starting a BSc Psychology course, or preparing their final year project."


Dean D'Souza, BPS Student Rep

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