Making Sense: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing : Psychology and the Life Sciences

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - Psychology - 234 pages
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The Making Sense series comprises five concise, readable guides to research and writing for use by students at all levels of undergraduate study. Designed especially for students in psychology and the life sciences, including biology and zoology, this book outlines the general principles of style, grammar, and usage, while covering such issues as how to prepare papers using APA guidelines, how to write research proposals and honours theses, and how to use graphic presentation software when giving an oral presentation. This fourth edition of the book has new material on evaluating Internet sources and avoiding plagiarism, as well as new and updated examples.

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Contents

Communicating in the Sciences
1
Doing Research
9
Keeping Track
25
Ethical Issues in Research and Writing
34
Writing a Report on a Book or an Article
45
Writing an Essay or Research Paper
51
Writing a Lab Report
73
Research Proposals and Theses
83
Writing Examinations
137
Writing with Style
145
Writing a Resume or a Letter of Application
167
Common Errors in Grammar and Usage
175
Punctuation
188
Catchlist of Misused Words and Phrases
202
Psychology and Life Sciences
215
Grammar
218

Presentation of Data
91
APA Editorial Style
106
Documentation in the Sciences
111
Giving a Seminar or Oral Presentation
124
Weights Measures and Notation
228
Index
230
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About the author (2007)

Margot Northey is the author of the original Making Sense, from which all of the series has been adapted. She is the former dean of the School of Business at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. Brian Timney is a professor of psychology and neuroscience and the dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Western Ontario.

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