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Writing for Psychology, 4th Edition

  • Mark L. Mitchell
  • Janina M. Jolley
  • Robert P. O'Shea
  • ISBN-10: 1111840636
  • ISBN-13: 9781111840631
  • 288 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

WRITING FOR PSYCHOLOGY, Fourth Edition offers concise assistance for students writing their research analyses using APA style®. By providing concrete examples of common errors, the authors show rather than merely tell students what to do and what to avoid. This manual will help students adhere to the basics of APA style; refine critical thinking skills, library search skills, revising skills, editing skills, and proofing skills; and avoid plagiarism. Checklists precede a summary at the end of every chapter, giving students the chance to make sure they have been thorough in their reports.


  • The authors provide strategies for organizing papers (and sample outlines) to help students write a well-organized paper, advice on every aspect of writing the paper, and headings that allow students to quickly find the advice they need.

  • A Companion Website allows students access to additional resources.

  • Chapter 1 thoroughly explains how to outline, and emphasizes that students' approach should be that of an expert witness who makes a solid, professional, unbiased case for a position. This chapter also includes practical tips about how to finish the first draft and revise it.

  • Checklists for students, which have been praised by reviewers, precede the summary at the end of every chapter, giving students the chance to make sure they have been thorough in their reports.

  • Sample papers and checklists in both Chapter 2 ("Writing Term Papers") and Chapter 3 ("Writing Research Reports and Proposals") help students learn from examples and evaluate their own papers.

  • Appendix A lists the key differences between APA copy style (the format of an unpublished manuscript submitted to an editor for review) and APA final-form style (the format of a published article). By highlighting the final-form formatting rules, the Appendix allows students to use a published article as a model for their paper.

About the Author

Mark L. Mitchell

After graduating summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University, Mark L. Mitchell received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology at The Ohio State University. He has co-authored (with Janina Jolley and Robert O'Shea) WRITING FOR PSYCHOLOGY: A GUIDE FOR STUDENTS. His professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, American Psychological Society, Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa. He is currently a Professor at Clarion University, a loyal Buckeye fan, and the proud father of Moriah Mae Mitchell.

Janina M. Jolley

Janina M. Jolley graduated with "Great Distinction" from California State University at Dominquez Hills and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from The Ohio State University. She is currently an executive editor of "The Journal of Genetic Psychology" and "Genetic Psychology Monographs" and Professor of Psychology at Clarion University. Her professional affiliations include the Middle-Eastern Honor Association (President 1999 to 2000; Vice-President 1998 to1999), American Psychological Association (Division 2: Teaching of Psychology and Division 20: Adult Development and Aging), American Psychological Society, Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology, The Midwestern Psychological Association, and Phi Kappa Phi. Her hobbies include flying, Civil Air Patrol, biking, and spending time with her family.

Robert P. O'Shea

Professor Robert O’Shea is the professor of psychology at Southern Cross University. Prior to that he taught at the University of Otago, Dalhousie University, Northwestern University, Queen’s University (Canada), and the University of Queensland, having received his PhD from the University of Queensland in 1983. He has published extensively in major psychology and neuroscience journals. His research is on visual perception, especially binocular vision, perception in the real world, depth perception, peripheral vision, and movement perception. Professor O’Shea is now permanently based in Leipzig and still affiliated with SCU and supervising research students at Murdoch University.

Table of Contents

1. What Every Student Should Know About Writing Psychology Papers.
2. Writing Term Papers.
3. Writing Research Reports and Proposals.
4. Finding, Reading, Citing, and Referencing Sources.
5. Making Your Case: A Guide to Skeptical Reading and Logical Writing.
6. Writing the Wrongs: How to Avoid Gruesome Grammar, Putrid Punctuation, and Saggy Style.
7. Preparing the Final Draft.
Appendix A: APA Copy Style Versus APA Final-Form Style.
Appendix B: Problem Plurals.

New to this edition

  • This edition has been revised to remain consistent with the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  • The Fourth Edition has been revised to remain consistent with the Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS).