Custom Enrichment Module: Writing Papers in Psychology (with by Ralph L. Rosnow, Mimi Rosnow

By Ralph L. Rosnow, Mimi Rosnow

WRITING PAPERS IN PSYCHOLOGY provide you with frameworks, counsel, directions, and pattern illustrations for writing examine experiences or literature stories that needs to comply with sort suggestions of the yank mental organization. It is also designed to domesticate your organizing, literature retrieval, serious reasoning, and communique talents below points in time. For greater than a decade, this short, low-cost, and easy-to-use guide has helped millions of scholars in psychology and comparable fields with the duty of writing time period papers and studies.

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Some writers like to use a separate index card for each idea that they find as they uncover relevant material. Some prefer making notes on 5 × 8-inch index cards because they can usually get all the information they want on the front of a large card, so it is easier to find what they want later. If you are using a computer to take notes, you can print them out and cluster them in logical batches (as you would large index cards). For each note, be sure to include the full reference of the material, including all the information you will need for the reference section of your paper, as well as the page numbers of verbatim quotes (to cite in the narrative of your paper).

Another useful reference source, the Annual Review of Psychology, is available in full text on InfoTrac College Edition and is also available in print in many libraries. The Annual Review of Psychology is part of the Annual Review series, which is a serial publication (that is, one published at regular intervals) that provides reviews on just about every subject in science by leading authorities on specialized topics. Looking in the reference section of the Annual Review of Psychology can be a good way to find key studies.

Here are two further guidelines in narrowing your topic: ◆ ◆ Be sure that your topic is not so narrow that reference materials will be hard to find. Be guided by your instructor’s advice because the instructor can help you avoid taking on an unwieldy topic. If you approach instructors with several concrete ideas, you will usually find them glad to help tailor those ideas so that you, the topic, and the project format are compatible. Here are examples of how a student who is assigned a review paper might sharpen the focus of a paper on Sigmund Freud: Unlimited Topic (Much Too Broad) “To examine Freud’s theories of personality and abnormal behavior” Limited to 20-Page Paper “To examine Freud’s theory of Oedipal conflict applied to mental health” Limited to 10-Page Paper “To examine Freud’s theory of infantile sexuality” Here is another example of concentrating the student’s focus, in this case for a one- or two-semester research project: Unlimited Topic (Too Broad for a Term Project) “To investigate how nonverbal stimuli are deciphered” Slightly Limited Topic “To investigate how certain kinds of nonverbal stimuli are deciphered differently by women and men” Adequately Limited Topic “To investigate whether female and male volunteer subjects at Podunk U.

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