Writing Resources - How to Write an APA Style Research
In other words, what nuisance variable were you controlling for? Your procedure should be as brief and concise as possible. Read through it. Did you repeat yourself anywhere? If so, how can you rearrange things to avoid redundancy? Thus, do not write, "Students in Psych. 280." Rather, write (for instance "Students in a psychological statistics and research methods course at a small liberal arts college." Try to avoid short, choppy sentences. Remember that if a finding has a p value greater than.05, it is "nonsignificant not "insignificant." For nonsignificant findings, still provide the exact p values. For correlations, be sure. Remember that your audience is the broader scientific community, not the other students in your class or your professor. Therefore, you should assume they have a basic understanding of psychology, but you need to provide them with the complete information necessary for them to understand the research you are presenting. It should not exceed 50 characters, including punctuation and spacing. (Note: on the title page, you actually write the words Running head, but these words do not appear on subsequent pages; just the actual running head does. Then Gurglehoff did something-or-other in 1993. Then.(etc. First, brainstorm all of the ideas you think are necessary to include in your paper. Next, decide which ideas make sense to present first, second, third, and so forth, and think about how you want to transition between ideas. If you make a section break between the title page and the rest of the paper you can make the header different for those two parts of the manuscript). Flush right, on same line: page number.