Writing Papers in Psychology: A Student Guide to Research Reports, Literature Reviews, Proposals, Posters, and Handouts

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Thomson/Wadsworth, 2006 - Psychology - 165 pages
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1. GETTING STARTED. Where to Begin. Focusing on Your Objective. Scheduling Time. Choosing a Topic. Narrowing the Topic. Knowing Your Audience and Topic. Cultivating an Understanding. 2. FINDING AND USING REFERENCE MATERIALS. Defining the Problem. Looking Over Maya's Shoulder. Using the Online Catalog and Browsing the Stacks. PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, and PsycEXTRA. InfoTrac and the Web of Science. Other Print Resources in the Library. Taking Notes in the Library. Source Credibility. Additional Tips. Library Etiquette. 3. DEVELOPING A PROPOSAL. Object of the Proposal. The Literature Review Proposal. The Research Proposal. Ethical Considerations. Tempus Fugit. 4. PLANNING THE RESEARCH REPORT. Three Broad Research Approaches. The Basic Structure. Abstract. Introduction. Method. Results. Discussion. References. End Material. Organizing Your Thoughts. 5. OUTLINING THE REVIEW PAPER. Where to Start. The Rough Outline. Making Ideas Parallel. Putting Ideas in Order. Template for Writing and Note Taking. Outlining After the Fact. 6. COMMUNICATING STATISTICAL INFORMATION. Four Guidelines: CASE. Reporting Results Clearly. Reporting Results Accurately. Reporting Results Precisely. Reporting Enough Information. Pentimento. Annotated Readings. 7. WRITING AND POLISHING. Sorting Through Your Material. The Self-Motivator Statement. The Opening. Settling Down to Write. Ethics of Writing and Reporting. Avoiding Plagiarism. Lazy Writing. Tone. Nonsexist Language. Voice. Verb Tense. Agreement of Subject and Verb. Common Usage Errors. Numerals. More on Punctuation. Punctuation in Quoted Passages. Revising and Polishing. 8. PRODUCING THE FINAL MANUSCRIPT. General Pointers. Title Page Format. Headings. Italicizing. Citations in Text. Tables and Figures. List of References. Proofing and Correcting. 9. CRAFTING A POSTER AND A CONCISE REPORT. Posters and Handout Reports. Guidelines for the Poster. Guidelines for the Concise Report. Appendix A: Jane Doe's Research Report. Appendix B: John Smith's Review Paper. Index.

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Professor Ralph L. Rosnow is Thaddeus Bolton Professor Emeritus at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where he taught in the Psychology Department for thirty-four years and directed the doctoral program in social and organizational psychology. He also has taught research methods and social psychology at Boston University and Harvard University, and was a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He received a B.Sc. from the University of Maryland, an M.A. from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in psychology from American University in Washington, D.C. He has served on editorial boards of journals and encyclopedias and (with Robert E. Lana) was the general editor of Oxford University Press's RECONSTRUCTION OF SOCIETY series. He has been a fellow of AAAS and APA since 1970 and a charter fellow of APS since 1988. He and his wife, Mimi Rosnow, reside in Radnor, PA.

Mimi Rosnow has a background that includes editing at a national magazine.

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