Author(s): Beth M. Schwartz
This clear and concise book is designed to demystify the process of writing in APA style and format. With precise examples (both writing examples and Microsoft Word screenshots), An EasyGuide to APA Style 2e points out common APA style and formatting mistakes and how to avoid them. The book also provides an overview of the style and formatting changes for the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual, providing detailed examples and complete sample student papers written to conform to APA format. The authors illustrate not only how to write using APA style, but also what writing in APA style really looks like when your paper is complete. Written in a conversational and clear style, this guide will help anyone find their way through the maze of rules in the APA Publication Manual and become proficient in learning the fine points of APA style. The second edition of the EasyGuide contains additional writing tips and expanded discussions in each chapter. In particular, chapter 5 on plagiarism has been expanded to include more detail on topics like when and how to paraphrase appropriately and when to quote directly from a source.
Also, the new edition provides examples from the latest version of Microsoft Word, Word 2010.
Beth M. Schwartz is the William E. and Catherine Ehrman Thoresen '23 Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean of the College at Randolph College, in Lynch-burg, Virginia. She received a BA at Colby College (Maine) and a PhD in cognitive psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her scholarship focuses on two areas of interest: (a) children's memory development and how this applies to children's eyewitness reports and (b) the scholarship of teaching and learn-ing/pedagogical research. In addition to numerous professional presentations at conferences, she has published many book chapters and articles in a variety of scholarly journals, including the Journal of Higher Education, Law and Human Behavior, and Applied Developmental Science. She has also edited and coauthored books, including Child Abuse: A Global View (Schwartz, McCauley, & Epstein, 2001), Optimizing Teaching and Learning (Gurung & Schwartz, 2009), and Evidence-Based Teaching for Higher Education (Schwartz & Gurung, 2012). She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psy-chological Society and is a Fellow of Division 2 of APA (Society for the Teaching of Psychology). She is an award-winning teacher at Randolph College, where she teaches Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology, and the capstone course. She received the Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring from the American Psych-Law Society, the Gillie A. Larew Award for Distinguished Teaching at Randolph College, and the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Certificate from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. R. Eric Landrum is a professor of psychology at Boise State University, receiving his PhD in cognitive psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His research interests center on the educational conditions that best facilitate student success as well as the use of SoTL strategies to advance the efforts of scientist-educators. He has over 300 professional presentations at conferences and published over 20 books/book chapters, and has published over 70 professional articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. He has worked with over 275 undergraduate research assistants and taught over 12,500 students in 21 years at Boise State. During Summer 2008, he led an American Psychological Association working group at the National Conference for Undergraduate Education in Psychology studying the desired results of an undergraduate psychology education. Eric is the lead author of The Psychology Major: Career Options and Strategies for Success (5th ed., 2013) and has authored Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story (2nd ed., 2012) and Finding A Job With a Psychology Bachelor's Degree: Expert Advice for Launching Your Career (2009). He co-authored The EasyGuide to APA Style (2nd ed., 2013), You've Received Your Doctorate in Psychology-Now What? (2012) and is the lead editor for Teaching Ethically-Challenges and Opportunities (2012) and co-editor of Assessing Teaching and Learning in Psychology: Current and Future Perspectives (2013). He served as Vice President for the Rocky Mountain region of Psi Chi (2009-2011). He is a member of the American Psychological Association, a fellow in APA's Division Two (Society for the Teaching of Psychology or STP), served as STP secretary (2009-2011), and will serve as the 2014 STP President. Regan A. R. Gurung is the Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB). He received a BA at Carleton College (Minnesota) and a PhD at the University of Washington. He then spent 3 years at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals, including Psychological Review and Teaching of Psychology. He has a textbook, Health Psychology: A Cultural Approach (now in its third edition), and has coauthored/edited eight other books, including Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind (Gurung, Chick, & Haynie, 2009); Getting Culture (Gurung & Prieto, 2009); and Optimizing Teaching and Learning (Gurung & Schwartz, 2009). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Midwestern Psychological Association, and a winner of the Founder's Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as of the Founder's Award for Scholarship at UWGB. He was also the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Wisconsin Professor of the Year (2009) and the UW System Regents' Teaching Excellence Award Winner. He is past president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
Section I. Overview Ch1. Style Versus Format: Why It Matters to Your Audience and Why It Should Matter to You Ch2. Your Visual Table of Contents QuickFinder Section II. Writing With (APA) Style: Big-Picture Items Ch3. Bare-Bones Fundamentals: General Writing Tips Specific to APA Style Ch4. A Quick Grammer Summary for APA-Style Writing Ch5. Thou Shalt Not Steal (or Be Lazy): Plagiarism and How to Avoid It Ch6. Avoiding Biased Language Section III. Writing With (APA) Style: Getting Down to Business Ch7. Whodunit (or Said It)? Citing Sources in Text Ch8. How, What, When, Who, and Where? A step-by-Step Playbook of Your Method Ch9. How Did It All Turn Out? Writing About Statistics and Associated Fun Ch10. Everybody Needs References Section IV. Presenting Your Work In APA Format Ch11. The Numbers Game: How to Write Numbers (and When the Rules Change) Ch12. Formatting: Organizing, Headings, and Making Your Work Look Good to Print Ch13. Table That Motion: The Special Challenges of Tables and Figures Ch14. Make Microsoft Word 2010 Work for You: APA Formatting Section V. Some Nitty-Gritty Details Ch15. Making a List, No Apps Required: Enumeration and Seriation Ch16. The Devil Is in the Details: Abbreviations, Signs, Symbols, and Punctuation Section VI. In Closing: Important Considerations Ch17. Using Rubrics: Knowing What It Means to Write a Good Paper Ch18. Get It Right! Proofreading the Entire Paper Ch19. Complete Sample of an Experimental (Research) Paper: Samples, Anyone? Chapter 20. All Together Now: How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes