How to Write Psychology Research Reports and Essays, 7E is endorsed by the Australian Psychological Society and is a useful reference to the strict guidelines required by the APS and the APA (American Psychological Association) styles. A student who grasps these concepts and learns the conventions will have a sound basis for presenting research in a professional manner, and writing well-argued essays, so that the later step of writing for publication should be an easier one to take.
1: Reasons for Writing Research Reports and Essays 1.1 Why Write Them? 1.2 What is a Research Report? 1.3 Writing Essays at University 2: Writing Research Reports and Essays - Common Elements 2.1 The Collaboration/Copying Distinction 2.2 Information Gathering 2.3 Evaluating Internet Resources 2.4 Critical Thinking 2.5 Writing Style 2.6 Using the Correct Tense 2.7 Inclusive Language 2.8 In-text Referencing (or How to Avoid Plagiarism) 2.9 Proofreading and Redrafting 2.10 The Physical Presentation of Your Assignment 3. Research Reports - How Do You Start? Flowchart: The Process of Writing a Research Report 3.1 How to Approach a Research Report 3.2 How to Begin 3.2.1 Studies Designed by the Psychology Department 3.2.2 Studies You Design 3.2.3 All Studies 3.2.4 Research Ethics 3.3 Where to Go From Here 4 Sections of a Research Report 4.1 Title Page and Abstract 4.2 Introduction 4.3 Method 4.3.1 Participants 4.3.2 Design 4.3.3 Materials 4.3.4 Procedure 4.4 Results 4.4.1 Your Very First Report 4.4.2 All Reports 4.4.3 Numbers and Words 4.4.4 Decimals 4.4.5 Tables 4.4.6 Figures 4.5 Discussion 4.6 References 4.6.1 Books 4.6.2 Journal Articles 4.6.3 Internet Sources 4.6.4 Other Sources 4.7 Appendices 4.8 Further Reading 4.9 Feedback 4.10 Summary 4.11 Checklist 5: Essays in Psychology Flowchart: The Process of Writing an Essay 5.1 How are Essays Different from Research Reports? 5.2 Choosing an Essay Topic 5.3 Deciding What the Essay Topic Asks 5.4 Preparation - Reading, Note-taking and Planning 5.5 Structure of an Essay 5.5.1 Title Page and Abstract 5.5.2 The Introduction 5.5.3 The Body (Discussion) 5.5.4 The Conclusion 5.5.5 References 5.6 Redrafting and Presentation 5.7 Further Reading 5.8 Checklist Appendix A Sample of a Good Research Report Appendix B Sample of a Poor Research Report Appendix C Sample of a Good Research Report Appendix D Sample of a Poor Research Report
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