Effective Writing in Psychology: Papers, Posters,and Presentations

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 22, 2012 - Psychology - 312 pages
The second edition of Effective Writing in Psychology helps users produce crisp scientific communication, form concise unambiguous arguments, and render technical information clear and comprehensible. The new edition incorporates the latest guidelines contained within the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual.
  • Clear guidelines on effective writing illustrate how to generate strong and compelling prose, even when the writing is not aimed at a research audience
  • Incorporates changes to the guidelines contained in the 6th edition of the APA publication manual
  • Includes material on how to adapt APA style for poster presentations using PowerPoint, and for oral presentations
  • Contains a new section on using the Internet to present research papers and a new chapter on conducting a literature search, to guide students through databases, keywords, sources, and connections between articles
  • Highlights methods for selecting a research topic and organizing papers
  • Features a sample manuscript showing common deviations from correct APA style and a version demonstrating appropriate use of APA style

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Effective Communication
How to Begin
Part I                                              
Locating Relevant Sources
Recognizing Multiple Viewpoints
Ethical Writing
The Difference between Primary and Secondary Literature
Evaluating Sources
Evaluating Internet Sources
Understanding Library Resources
Using Article Databases
Using the Internet
Using Sources to Find Sources
An Overview of the Researchthe Abstract
Identifying the Issuesthe Introduction
What Happenedthe Results Section
What It Meansthe Discussion Section
Where the Ideas Originatedthe References Section
Using the Work of Others to Support Your Argument
Editing and Revising
Recognizing the Importance of Grammar and Style
Using Inclusive and Appropriate Language
Deciding on the Use of Technical Language
Avoiding Common Problems
Verb Forms
Specific Word Use
Why Do We Use Statistics?
What Point Are You Trying to Make?
Understanding Your Numbers
Helping Readers Understand Your Statistics
Differentiating Results and Interpretations
Part II                                              
Developing Your Idea
Organizing Your Paper Around the Central Questions
Finding Different Perspectives About Your Idea
Developing the Logic of Your Argument
Your Hypotheses
Deciding What to Present
Reporting Significant and Nonsignificant Results
Marginally Significant Effects
Creating Tables
Creating Figures
The Connection between the Text and the Tables and Figures
The Difference between Results and Discussion Sections
Some Final Points About Presenting Results
Summarizing Your Results
Dealing with Nonsignificant Results
Comparing Your Results with Those of Others
Stating the Importance and Implications of Your Results
Acknowledging the Limitations of Your Study
Citing References in the Text
Citing Sources with Three to Five Authors
Citing Sources with Six or More Authors
Citing Multiple Sources within Parentheses
Using Your Word Processing Program to Create the Citation
The Abstract
Part III                                              
Reducing the Amount of Information
Visual Style
The Ethic of a Poster Session
Creating Your Poster Using PowerPoint
Adapting APA Style to Oral Presentations
Preparing for Your Talk
Creating Graphics for Your Presentation
Giving the Presentation
New Capabilities with Internet Publication
Using a Word Processor to Create Manuscripts for the Internet
Advantages of Internet Publishing Software
Publishing Your Poster on the Web
Writing a Proposal for an Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Subjects
Writing a Proposal for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee IACUC for Animal Research
Appendix A                                              
Appendix B                                              

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About the author (2012)

Bernard C. Beins, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Ithaca College, New York. He recently received the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation. He is also the author of Research Methods: A Tool for Life (2009). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Eastern Psychological Association.

Agatha M. Beins is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at Texas Woman's University. She co-edited Women's Studies for the Future: Foundations, Interrogations, Politics with Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy (2005), and has published articles in Women: A Cultural Review and Sinister Wisdom. She is also part of the editorial collective for the journal Films for the Feminist Classroom.

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