Written by experienced psychology instructors who are active and respected members of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the updated Third Edition provides a reader-friendly guide for mastering APA style and covers all sections of an APA-style paper. Clear, conversational, and humorous, the book presents easy-to-understand explanations of how to write research papers, term papers, and lab reports, and cite references following APA style and format. The authors focus on the most essential elements of APA style and format, offering useful advice, tips, and visual representations.
Section I: Overview
Chapter 1: Style Versus Format: Why It Matters to Your Audience and Why It Should Matter to You
Chapter 2: Your Visual Table of Contents QuickFinder
Section II. Writing With (APA) Style: Big-Picture Items
Chapter 3: General Writing Tips Specific to APA Style: Bare-Bones Fundamentals
Chapter 4: A Quick Grammar Summary for APA-Style Writing
Chapter 5: Plagiarism and How to Avoid It: Thou Shalt Not Steal (or Be Lazy)
Chapter 6: Avoiding Biased Language
Section III. Writing With (APA) Style: Getting Down to Business
Chapter 7: Writing Your Introduction: Tying the Story all Together
Chapter 8: Writing Your Discussion: It’s a Wrap
Chapter 9: Citing Sources in Text: Whodunit (or Said It)?
Chapter 10: A Step-by-Step Playbook of Your Method: How, What, When, Who, and Where?
Chapter 11: Writing About Statistics and Associated Fun: How Did It All Turn Out?
Chapter 12: Everybody Needs References
Section IV. Presenting Your Work in APA Format
Chapter 13: The Numbers Game: How to Write Numbers (and When the Rules Change)
Chapter 14: Formatting: Organizing, Headings, and Making Your Work Look Good to Print
Chapter 15: Table That Motion: The Special Challenges of Tables and Figures
Chapter 16: Make Microsoft Word 2013 Work for You: APA Formatting
Section V. Some Nitty-Gritty Details
Chapter 17: Making a List, No Apps Required: Enumeration and Seriation
Chapter 18: Abbreviations, Signs, Symbols, and Punctuation: The Devil Is in the Details
Section VI. In Closing: Important Considerations
Chapter 19: Using Rubrics: Knowing What It Means to Write a Good Paper
Chapter 20: Proofreading the Entire Paper: Get It Right!
Chapter 21: Complete Sample of an Experimental (Research) Paper: Samples, Anyone?
Chapter 22: How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes: All Together Now