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The psychologist's companion : a guide to scientific writing for students and researchers
Sternberg, Robert J.
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Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

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vii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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The topics of this revised and updated definitive guide to scientific writing for students and researchers include misconceptions about psychology papers; steps in writing library research papers; steps in writing experimental research papers; rules for writing psychology papers; commonly misused words; Internet resources; and American Psychological Association guidelines for psychology papers. Additional topics include guidelines for data presentation; references for psychology papers; standards for evaluating psychology papers; submitting papers to journals; how to win acceptances of papers by psychology journals; finding book publishers; writing lectures; and writing articles. Previous Edition Hb (1993): 0-521-45123-X Previous Edition Pb (1993): 0-521-45756-4

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Sternberg mentions onionskin and erasable paper but not plagiarism, ProCite, or APA Although enjoyable, this new edition is analogous to playing PacMan in the 21st century--tempting but not satisfying. The core material on effective writing and data presentation is retained basically unchanged from the previous edition; missing is any emphasis on using modern technology and resources. Sternberg describes Psychological Abstracts as the holy grail of information retrieval, and while it is still a key source, so many students use the online PsycInfo or PsycARTICLES that libraries are canceling the printed Psych Abstracts. A new chapter on using the Internet during the research process addresses some current issues (e.g., data collection, Web site evaluation) but deceptively states that most major magazines and newspapers "have Web sites that allow free searches of past articles." Chapter 9 describes references available to authors of psychological papers but misleads on several occasions: the index portion of Science Citation Index is not available from the URL on page 173; numerous journals cited in the same chapter give incorrect publication frequency; JSAS Catalog of Selected Documents in Psychology has ceased (most students need not know about it anyway.) Most students want to know how to cite Web sites and full-text journal articles, but the sample paper at the end of the book lacks online citation examples. Although one is reassured to read, "the library still includes information that is not available on the Internet," there is little mention of the assistance reference librarians can provide. The book is updated only where necessary, and delightful as it is, it needs another face-lift. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Lower-division undergraduates and higher. K. Condic Oakland University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1 Eight Common Misconceptions about Psychology Papersp. 6
2 Steps in Writing the Library Research Paperp. 19
3 Steps in Writing the Experimental Research Paperp. 35
4 Rules for Writing the Psychology Paperp. 65
5 Using the Internet to Aid the Research Processp. 77
6 Commonly Misused Wordsp. 98
7 American Psychological Association Guidelines for Psychology Papersp. 119
8 Guidelines for Data Presentationp. 142
9 References for the Psychology Paperp. 165
10 Standards for Evaluating the Psychology Paperp. 198
11 Submitting a Paper to a Journalp. 216
12 How to Win Acceptances from Psychology Journals: Twenty-Nine Tips for Better Writingp. 221
13 Writing a Grant or Contract Proposalp. 232
14 How to Find a Book Publisherp. 244
15 Writing a Lecturep. 255
16 Article Writing 101p. 259
Referencesp. 267
Appendix A Sample Psychology Paperp. 271
Appendix B Writing for British and European Journalsp. 285
Indexp. 287