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Psychology Papers, APA
Style, and You
Lone Star College – University Park
Student Learning Resource Center
Spring...
In this lesson…
• Finding your sources
• Evaluating sources
• Key parts of research-based
papers
• Formatting your paper
•...
Formatting: Page Layout
• 12 point font
• 1” margins on all sides
• Times New Roman or other serifed font like
Courier
Sa...
Formatting: Page Layout
• New paragraphs are indented a ½”
• (hit the tab key once)
• When you make your References page,
...
The Major Paper Components
1. Title page
2. Abstract
3. The paper itself
4. References list
The Title (Cover) Page
Image from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
Page number:
Title page is
page 1
Run...
Title Page Elements
• RUNNING HEAD with page #
• Title of Paper
• Your M. Name
• Institution Name
Running Head
• Shortened form of the title of your paper (50
characters max)
– Highlight the running head, then Review >
W...
Running Head
• On the title page:
Running head: TITLE TITLE TITLE 1
• On every other page:
TITLE TITLE TITLE #
Choosing a Paper Title:
Which are good titles?
• My Paper
• The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on
Personality
• Writing in A...
Abstract
• After the title page, before your paper
• Titled Abstract, centered on page
• Concise 150-250 word summary of y...
Language
• Be concise and clear: don’t fluff your writing with
unnecessary description or information nor
complex language...
Language
• To have Word
check for
passive voice:
• File
– Options
• Proofing
– Settings
Citations…
• give the exact location of an information
source
• give credit to this source for the ideas or
information wi...
Example Citations for…
• Journal (online database)
• Book (print)
• Online magazine or newspaper article
• TV show or movie
Elements of a Citation for a Journal Article
Found in an Online Database
• Author(s)
• Publication date
• Title of article...
Semiz, U. B., Basoglu, C., Ebrinc, S., & Cetin, M. (2008, February). Nightmare
disorder, dream anxiety, and subjective sle...
Elements of a Citation for a Print
Book
• Author(s), if given
• Publication year
• Title
• Location and name of
publisher
...
PrintedBook
Ellis, J. J. (2000). Founding brothers: The revolutionary
generation. New York, NY: Vintage Books.
Elements of a Citation for an Online
Magazine or Newspaper Article
• Author(s)
• Publication date
• Article title
• Magazi...
Pincott, J. (2012, November 5). What’s in a face? Psychology Today.
Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com
Onlinear...
Elements of a Citation for a Movie
• Producer(s)
• Director
• Publication year
• Title
• Format
• Country of origin
• Stud...
Watson, E., Milchan, A., & Smith, I. (Producers), & Aronofsky, D.
(Writer/Director). (2012).The fountain [DVD]. United Sta...
Which citation is correct?
A.) O’Neil, J. (2013, January 14).
Equation of time solves
mystery of gray mornings.
New York T...
What’s wrong with this citation?
Norman, Donald A. (2004). Emotional
design: Why we love or hate
everyday things. New York...
What would the citation for this journal
article look like?
In-Text Citations
• When do you use in-text citations?
If you didn’t originally think it or say it, attribute it!
Exceptio...
In-Text Citations
• Include author(s), year, and page
number(s)
• E.g.
(Author, 2012, p. 12)
(Author, Author, & Author, 20...
In-Text Citations
• If you don’t have a piece of info, skip
it!
• Your in-text citation will be whatever
the start of the ...
In-Text Citations
• So long as you have all 3 elements,
you can mix up how your in-text
citations are introduced:
– Accord...
In-Text Citations
• Paraphrase
– Do not just swap out a few words with
synonyms!
• Direct quote
– Uses “quotation marks” a...
Is this correct?
Source text: “These and related findings suggest the role of
aesthetics in product design: attractive thi...
Is this correct?
Source text: “These and related findings suggest the role of
aesthetics in product design: attractive thi...
Is this correct?
Source text: “These and related findings suggest the role of
aesthetics in product design: attractive thi...
Is this correct?
Here’s the latest picture I made! :
Finding Your Source
http://www.lonestar.edu/library/article-databases
You’ll want papers which are:
 Peer-reviewed
 Full...
Evaluating Sources
Check for…
• Evidence
• Does the information appear well-researched?
• Credibility
• Is the author reli...
Key Parts of Research-based Papers
Article will have sections discussing the
•methodology,
•results,
•discussion, and
•con...
Finding a Specific Journal
On the Research Databases page, look for:
Other Resources
• http://www.lonestar.edu/library/citation-
help.htm
• http://www.apastyle.org
• http://owl.english.purdue...
Contact the Librarians
•UPLibrary-ref@lonestar.edu
•In-person during normal library hours
•Call: 281-401-5390
•Look for th...
Psychology Papers, APA Style, and You
Psychology Papers, APA Style, and You
Psychology Papers, APA Style, and You
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Overview to setting up a document to follow APA formatting. Created for Dr. Sawyerr's psychology courses.

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Psychology Papers, APA Style, and You

  1. 1. Template Psychology Papers, APA Style, and You Lone Star College – University Park Student Learning Resource Center Spring 2015 Themebypresentationmagazine.com
  2. 2. In this lesson… • Finding your sources • Evaluating sources • Key parts of research-based papers • Formatting your paper • Citations • References • In-text
  3. 3. Formatting: Page Layout • 12 point font • 1” margins on all sides • Times New Roman or other serifed font like Courier Sans-serif Serif • Double-spaced
  4. 4. Formatting: Page Layout • New paragraphs are indented a ½” • (hit the tab key once) • When you make your References page, everything after the first line per entry needs to be indented a ½” as well (a “hanging indent”)
  5. 5. The Major Paper Components 1. Title page 2. Abstract 3. The paper itself 4. References list
  6. 6. The Title (Cover) Page Image from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ Page number: Title page is page 1 Running head (title of paper) Paper title & Your information
  7. 7. Title Page Elements • RUNNING HEAD with page # • Title of Paper • Your M. Name • Institution Name
  8. 8. Running Head • Shortened form of the title of your paper (50 characters max) – Highlight the running head, then Review > Word Count • Appears on all pages of your paper in the margin – Insert > Header • Title page header is different from the other pages – Word has a checkbox to have a “Different First Page”
  9. 9. Running Head • On the title page: Running head: TITLE TITLE TITLE 1 • On every other page: TITLE TITLE TITLE #
  10. 10. Choosing a Paper Title: Which are good titles? • My Paper • The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Personality • Writing in APA Style: A Review of Formatting and Citations • Assignment 1: Writing in APA Style
  11. 11. Abstract • After the title page, before your paper • Titled Abstract, centered on page • Concise 150-250 word summary of your paper
  12. 12. Language • Be concise and clear: don’t fluff your writing with unnecessary description or information nor complex language • Use the active voice whenever possible – Passive: Participants were asked… – Active: We asked participants…
  13. 13. Language • To have Word check for passive voice: • File – Options • Proofing – Settings
  14. 14. Citations… • give the exact location of an information source • give credit to this source for the ideas or information within your work • are placed on the References page of your paper as well as throughout the body
  15. 15. Example Citations for… • Journal (online database) • Book (print) • Online magazine or newspaper article • TV show or movie
  16. 16. Elements of a Citation for a Journal Article Found in an Online Database • Author(s) • Publication date • Title of article • Title of journal • Volume • Issue • Page numbers • Site retrieved from or DOI • DOI = Digital Object Identifier Pop it into Google and that article will turn up.
  17. 17. Semiz, U. B., Basoglu, C., Ebrinc, S., & Cetin, M. (2008, February). Nightmare disorder, dream anxiety, and subjective sleep quality in patients with borderline personality disorder. Psychiatry & Clinical Neuroscience, 62(1), 48-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1819.2007.01789.x Databasejournalarticle
  18. 18. Elements of a Citation for a Print Book • Author(s), if given • Publication year • Title • Location and name of publisher • If editor instead of author: Include (ed.) after editor’s name. Editor is given first in place of the author. • If an editor AND an author: Author goes first. Editor is listed after title per above. • If an edition of the book is noted: Included the number of the edition after the title, e.g. (2nd ed.).
  19. 19. PrintedBook Ellis, J. J. (2000). Founding brothers: The revolutionary generation. New York, NY: Vintage Books.
  20. 20. Elements of a Citation for an Online Magazine or Newspaper Article • Author(s) • Publication date • Article title • Magazine title • URL retrieved from
  21. 21. Pincott, J. (2012, November 5). What’s in a face? Psychology Today. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com Onlinearticle
  22. 22. Elements of a Citation for a Movie • Producer(s) • Director • Publication year • Title • Format • Country of origin • Studio or distributor
  23. 23. Watson, E., Milchan, A., & Smith, I. (Producers), & Aronofsky, D. (Writer/Director). (2012).The fountain [DVD]. United States: Warner Home Video. Movie
  24. 24. Which citation is correct? A.) O’Neil, J. (2013, January 14). Equation of time solves mystery of gray mornings. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com B.) O’Neil, John. (2013 Jan 14). “Equation of time solves mystery of gray mornings”. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com.
  25. 25. What’s wrong with this citation? Norman, Donald A. (2004). Emotional design: Why we love or hate everyday things. New York: Basic Books.
  26. 26. What would the citation for this journal article look like?
  27. 27. In-Text Citations • When do you use in-text citations? If you didn’t originally think it or say it, attribute it! Exception: commonly-known facts don’t need citations.
  28. 28. In-Text Citations • Include author(s), year, and page number(s) • E.g. (Author, 2012, p. 12) (Author, Author, & Author, 2012) (Author & Author, 2012, p. 12-13)
  29. 29. In-Text Citations • If you don’t have a piece of info, skip it! • Your in-text citation will be whatever the start of the citation on your References page is.
  30. 30. In-Text Citations • So long as you have all 3 elements, you can mix up how your in-text citations are introduced: – According to X (2004), … (p. 19-20). – This is a statement (X, 2004, p. 50). – This has been accepted by X (2004), Y & Z (2009), and A (2008).
  31. 31. In-Text Citations • Paraphrase – Do not just swap out a few words with synonyms! • Direct quote – Uses “quotation marks” around the source content – If it’s longer than 40 words, no quotes: make it a block quote with ½” margins
  32. 32. Is this correct? Source text: “These and related findings suggest the role of aesthetics in product design: attractive things make people feel good, which in turn makes them think more creatively.” – Donald Norman’s Emotional Design (2004) In your paper: Aesthetics aren’t purely superficial in object design. Attractive objects make people feel good, which in turn makes them more creative in their thinking. When they’re being creative, people are better able to solve problems.
  33. 33. Is this correct? Source text: “These and related findings suggest the role of aesthetics in product design: attractive things make people feel good, which in turn makes them think more creatively.” – Donald Norman’s Emotional Design (2004) In your paper: Citing a study by psychologist Alice Isen, Norman (2004) suggests that aesthetic design, by improving people’s moods and therefore making them more creative, can ultimately make them better problem- solvers (p. 19).
  34. 34. Is this correct? Source text: “These and related findings suggest the role of aesthetics in product design: attractive things make people feel good, which in turn makes them think more creatively.” – Donald Norman’s Emotional Design (2004) In your paper: Citing a study by psychologist Alice Isen, Norman suggests that aesthetic design, by improving people’s moods and therefore making them more creative, can ultimately make them better problem- solvers.
  35. 35. Is this correct? Here’s the latest picture I made! :
  36. 36. Finding Your Source http://www.lonestar.edu/library/article-databases You’ll want papers which are:  Peer-reviewed  Full-text
  37. 37. Evaluating Sources Check for… • Evidence • Does the information appear well-researched? • Credibility • Is the author reliable? • Expertise • Does the author have a valid background in the subject? • Relevance • Is the information about your topic? Is it timely? • Bias • Is the information opinionated? If so, acknowledge in your own paper.
  38. 38. Key Parts of Research-based Papers Article will have sections discussing the •methodology, •results, •discussion, and •conclusion in addition to the abstract, author information, and references.
  39. 39. Finding a Specific Journal On the Research Databases page, look for:
  40. 40. Other Resources • http://www.lonestar.edu/library/citation- help.htm • http://www.apastyle.org • http://owl.english.purdue.edu • Each database will have a citation help tool, but these aren’t guaranteed to be accurate!
  41. 41. Contact the Librarians •UPLibrary-ref@lonestar.edu •In-person during normal library hours •Call: 281-401-5390 •Look for the Chat With A Librarian button on the website:

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