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Making Sense in Psychology

A Student's Guide to Research and Writing, Second Edition

Margot Northey and Brian Timney

Series : Making Sense

Part of the bestselling Making Sense series, this second edition of Making Sense in Psychology is an indispensable guide for students in the discipline. Maintaining the signature straightforward style of the series, this book offers up-to-date, detailed information on writing essays, research proposals, and lab reports; conducting research; evaluating Internet sources; APA guidelines; avoiding plagiarism; studying for tests and exams; delivering oral presentations; and more.

Readership : Undergraduate students at all levels in psychology.

1. Communicating in Psychology
2. Information Gathering
3. Electronic Resources
4. Writing an Essay or Research Paper
5. Ethical Issues in Research and Writing
6. Writing a Lab Report
7. Presentation of Data
8. Research Proposals and Honours Theses
9. Giving a Seminar or Oral Presentation
10. APA Editorial Style and Documentation
11. Writing with Style
12. Common Errors in Grammar and Usage
13. Punctuation
Appendix A: Catchlist of Misused Words and Phrases
Appendix B: Writing Examinations
Appendix C: Writing a Resumé or Letter of Application
Glossary I: Key Terms and Abbreviations in Psychology
Glossary II: Key Terms in Grammar

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Kobo (ISBN 9780199010325)

Margot Northey is a specialist in communications and the former dean of the School of Business at Queen's University.

Brian Timney is a professor and dean of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Western Ontario. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr Timney runs The Timney Lab in the department of psychology.

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Special Features

  • Written by Canadians, for Canadians, this guide is relevant to students in this country.
  • Over 25 years of proven success - the Making Sense series is known for its clear and concise approach to research and writing in all areas of undergraduate study.
  • Up-to-date, detailed information ensures students are well-equipped with the knowledge they will need to communicate successfully.
  • Written by Canadian academics to provide relevant coverage and examples for psychology students in this country.
  • Part of a bestselling series - with over twenty-five years of proven success, the Making Sense series is known for its clear and concise approach to research and writing in all areas of undergraduate study.
  • Offers step-by-step instructions on a range of topics including preparing for tests and exams, using digital technology and online resources, staying organized, performing lab work, and working in groups.
  • Three sample documents - a research paper, a lab report, and a research proposal - provide students models to work from when writing their own assignments.
  • Coverage of scholarly ethics uses both historical and contemporary examples to stress the importance of maintaining academic integrity.
  • A standalone chapter on presentations and seminars argues that all students - even those who struggle with public speaking - can give a good presentation by following a few simple rules, the two most important of these being good preparation and good organization.
  • Helps students overcome common pitfalls in grammar, style, punctuation, and usage through a rich variety of examples and helpful tips.
  • A concise, student-friendly approach allows readers to use this book as either a quick and casual reference or as a text that can easily be read from cover to cover.
  • A fresh, modern layout with many visuals tailored to topics in psychology will engage readers.
  • Practical appendices include a list of misused words and phrases, suggestions and strategies for writing examinations, and tips on how to write a proper resumé or letter of application.
  • A checklist for written assignments on the inside front cover offers a brief overview of key points to consider, encouraging students to submit only their most polished work.
  • A list of symbols for common errors found on the inside front cover helps students understand common marking symbols and abbreviations that may appear on their essays or reports.
New to this Edition
  • Up-to-date documentation guidelines include the latest guidelines for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE style.
  • New coverage of key topics, including evidence-based research, writing for online courses, and information managers such as Evernote and Microsoft OneNote.
  • Up-to-date coverage of APA style provides the latest documentation guidelines for the discipline.
  • Chapters have been reorganized so they present a more logical progression through the writing process.
  • Updated references, examples, and coverage of technology throughout ensure students have the most current resource available.
  • More bulleted and numbered lists throughout help make the content more manageable and easier to reference.