With a large batch of student papers set to hit my desk on Monday upcoming, it occurred to me that it might be nice to write a formal statement to help guide this process. If you are writing a research paper, or any paper, you are telling a story. It should have a beginning, middle, and end. Further, it should read how you speak. Some students think that when they are writing for a college professor, they have to up their language and start using all kinds of fancy words and such.
We are training you to communicate effectively - not to show others how smart you are. We know you are smart - that is how you got into college in the first place! While there are certain standards of formality that should be followed in your paper, at the end of the day, always remember that you are primarily trying to communicate some set of ideas to an audience.
Thus, you should be keen to attend to the following:. Psychology students have to master APA format. This means using the formal writing style of the American Psychological Association.
This style was designed so that journal editors are able to see a bunch of different papers manuscripts that are in the same standardized format. In this context, the editor is then able to make judgments of the differential quality of the different papers based on content and quality. So APA style exists for a reason! For me, the best thing about APA Style is that it gets you to think in terms of an outline.
APA style requires you to create headings and subheadings. Every paper I ever write starts with just an outline of APA-inspired headings and subheadings. I make sure that these follow a linear progression - so I can see the big, basic idea at the start - and follow the headings all the way to the end.
The headings should be like the Cliff Notes of your story. Someone should be able to read your headings just like the headings for this post and get a basic understanding of the story that you are trying to communicate. Another great thing about starting with an APA-inspired outline is that it affords you a very clear way to compartmentalize your work on the paper.
However, suppose you have an outline with 10 headings and subheadings. Now suppose that you pretty much have about two pages worth of content to say for each such heading. Well you can probably write two pages in about an hour or maybe less.
So maybe you flesh out the first heading or two - then watch an episode of The Office or go for a run. Maybe you flesh out another section later in the day. This said, there are some rookie mistakes that make me shake my head. A very common thing that students tend to do is to describe the research of others in unnecessary detail. For your introduction, you often have to provide evidence to support the points that you raise. So if you are writing a paper about the importance of, say, familial relatedness in affecting altruistic behavior, you probably need to cite some of the classic scientific literature in this area e.
If your point is that there past work has found that individuals across various species are more likely to help kin than non-kin, maybe just say that! There is a time and a place for describing the details of the studies of others in your own research paper. On occasion, it is actually helpful to elaborate a bit on past studies.
With details like these, I say this: Honestly, when you mention the work of others, you are doing so for a purpose. You are citing just enough of their work to substantiate some point that you are making as you work toward creating a coherent story. As I tell my students, if you are going to develop a single skill in college, let it be your ability to write in a clear, effective, and engaging manner.
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WRITING PAPERS IN PSYCHOLOGY offers you frameworks, tips, guidelines, and sample illustrations for writing research reports or literature reviews that must conform to style recommendations of the American Psychological Association/5(6).
Learn more about different types of psychology papers and find tips for planning, writing, and editing your papers. Types of Psychology Papers Lab reports describe the events and outcomes of a research project or experiment and have the same structure as a scholarly journal article.
COLLEGE Writing Center Harvard College Writing Program Faculty of Arts and Sciences Harvard University WRITING CENTER BRIEF GUIDE SERIES A Brief Guide to Writing the Psychology Paper The Challenges of Writing in Psychology Psychology writing, like writing in the other sciences, is meant to inform the reader about a new idea, theory or experiment. Guide to Writing a Research Report for Psychology Included in this guide are suggestions for formatting and writing each component of a research report as well as tips for writing in a style appropriate for Psychology papers.
Writing tips for psychology papers. Psychology is a behavioral science, and writing in psychology is similar to writing in the hard sciences. See our handout on writing in the sciences. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association provides an . Psychology paper writing service. Psychology is a practical subject with a wide study area. Students of psychology are faced with the tasks of attending every lecture as well as completing several assignments. This is a challenge. The students have both academic responsibilities and social life to balance.