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APA Style Simplified Writing in Psychology, Education, Nursing, and Sociology
Beins, Bernard C.
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Provides valuable guidance...Beins is an outstanding teacher, researcher, author, and editor. Following his suggestions will improve your clarity, conciseness, and felicity of expression. - Charles Brewer, Furman University Not only does Beins explain how one should write, more importantly, he explains why one should write. This book will be a great resource for both new and experienced writers alike. - Bryan K. Saville, James Madison University The author presents APA style in ways that are accessible to students and that address the various struggles they encounter in learning how to write for professional audiences. - M. Elise Radina, Miami University
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APA Style Simplified: Writing in Psychology, Education, Nursing, and Sociology; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1 Writing Professionally; How Does Professional Writing Differ From Other Kinds of Writing?; Using APA Style; Making a Credible Argument; Different Types of Communication; Effective Communication; Establishing Good Writing Habits; Ethical Writing; 2 Elements of Style; Recognizing the Importance of Good Grammar and Style; Choosing Effective Wording; Using Inclusive and Appropriate Language; Deciding on the Use of Technical Language; Avoiding Common Problems; Verb Forms; Spelling

Specific Word Use3 The Introduction Section; Introducing the Topic; Different Approaches to Starting the Introduction; How to Begin; Reviewing the Literature; Introducing Your Research: Generating a Hypothesis ; 4 The Method Section; Participants and Subjects; Materials and Apparatus; Procedure; Design; 5 Communicating Statistics; Why Do We Use Statistics? ; What Point Are You Trying to Make? ; Understanding Your Numbers; Helping Readers Understand Your Statistics; Differentiating Results and Interpretations; 6 The Results Section; Your Hypothesis; Deciding What to Present

APA Style and Presentation of Your ResultsCreating Tables; Creating Figures; The Connection Between the Text and the Tables and Figures; The Difference Between Results and Discussion Sections ; Some Final Points About Presenting Results; 7 The Discussion Section; Summarizing Your Results; Connecting Different Aspects of Your Results; Dealing With Nonsignificant Results; Comparing Your Results With Those of Others; Stating the Importance and Implications of Your Results; Acknowledging the Limitations of Your Study; 8 References: Citations in the Text and the Reference List

Citing References in the TextOrder of Citations in the Reference List ; Using Your Word-Processing Program to Create the Citation; Examples of How Different Types of References Should Be Laid Out ; 9 Final Touches: The Abstract and Formatting Details; The Abstract ; Formatting Your Manuscript; 10 Creating Poster Presentations; Differentiating Visual and Written Communication; Reducing the Amount of Information; Visual Style ; Your Behavior: The Ethic of a Poster Session; Creating Your Poster Using PowerPoint®; 11 Giving Oral Presentations; The Difference Between Oral and Written English

Adapting APA Style to Oral Presentations Preparing for Your Talk; Creating Graphics for Your Presentation ; Giving the Presentation; 12 Sharing Your Work Electronically; New Capabilities in Electronic Sharing; Using a Word Processor to Create Manuscripts for the Internet; Advantages of Internet Publishing Software; Publishing Your Poster on the Web; Uploading Your Manuscript to the Internet; Revisiting the Concept of Plagiarism; Appendix A: Example of APA-Style Manuscript with Common Errors; Appendix B: Corrected APA-Style Manuscript; References; Name Index; Subject Index
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This is a compact but comprehensive guide to writing clearly and effectively in APA style.

Demonstrates how to write objective scientific research papers using interesting prose Incorporates guidelines from the 6th edition of the APA publication manual Explores how to develop ideas, connect them to what others have written, and express them clearly Discusses the differences between written, oral, and poster presentations and offers instructions for applying APA style to each

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Bernard C. (Barney) Beins, Ph.D., is professor and chair of psychology at Ithaca College. He is author of about 150 articles, chapters, books, and pedagogical material. He recently received the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation. He is author with his daughter Agatha of Effective Writing in Psychology: Papers, Posters, and Presentations, 2nd Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) and Research Methods: A Tool for Life (2008). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Eastern Psychological Association.