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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 Psychologist's Companion, 4th edition, is intended to be a definitive guide to scientific writing for students and researchers. It covers a wealth of topics, including 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, American Psychological Association guidelines for writing psychology papers, 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, writing grant and contract proposals, finding book publishers, writing lectures, and writing articles. The book contains a sample psychology paper as well as an appendix relevant to writing for British and European journals. The book is written in a lively and witty style that will make it easy reading for even the busiest students and professionals.

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This delightful book is intended for students writing psychology research papers. Topics include misconceptions about psychology papers, guidelines for data presentation, and commonly misused words. The author's writing style is concise and humorous, and students will find this resource interesting to read. This 3rd edition has changed little from the previous edition (CH, Dec'88). Four chapters have been added: tips for writing journal articles, writing grant or contract proposals, finding a book publisher, and writing a lecture. The most informative new chapter deals with book publishing, which is not too relevant for undergraduates. The rest of the book is practically identical to the previous edition. A new appendix has appeared on writing for European journals, material that appeared in a different part of the 2nd edition. Libraries with the 2nd edition need not purchase the 3rd unless heavy use justifies a new copy. 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