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How To Write in Psychology. A Student Guide

  • ID: 2244327
  • Book
  • September 2008
  • 258 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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How to Write in Psychology is a comprehensive and highly informative guide to the unique writing requirements of psychology. Filled with practical, clearly defined instructions and examples, this timely text includes everything the well–prepared student needs to know about the principles and practice of writing for psychology.

In addition to differentiating between the requirements for writing essays and preparing research reports, the text lays out helpful tricks to manage time and stay on track during writing assignments. There are exercises and a series of practical tips to get you started on the path to constructing a cohesive essay that will be interesting and thought provoking for your audience.

Written in an engaging and informal style, How to Write in Psychology is an essential reference and the perfect writing companion for anyone pursuing a psychology degree.

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List of Illustrations.



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.



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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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