1st Edition

The Student Survival Guide for Research Methods in Psychology

    128 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    128 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Student Survival Guide for Research Methods in Psychology is designed to support students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate level research methods courses by providing them with the tools they need to succeed. It goes beyond course material to help students engage more fully with research methods content.

    This survival guide presents clear step-by-step instructions that will help students hone the basic skills to succeed and thrive in their research methods classes and to navigate common pitfalls. The book covers core practical skills, like formatting and writing at an APA standard, understanding research literature (particularly academic journals), using SPSS, and broader skills like how to communicate with your professor, time management, and teamwork skills.

    It is a highly effective primer text for all psychology students undertaking research methods courses and will also be particularly helpful for students who are currently undertaking these modules and don’t feel fully prepared for them.

    1.  Overview: How This Book Will Help You Survive Research Methods  2. Communicating with Your Professor 
    3. Preparing for Class  4. Difficult Concepts Made Easier   5. Forming and Working in Small Groups  6. Understanding Journal Articles  7. Completing Successful Labs  8. Designing Your final Experiment  9. Writing an Introduction/Literature Review and Reference Page  10. Writing a Methods Section  11. Writing a Results Section and Reporting Statistics  12. Writing a Discussion Section  13. Title Page, Abstract, and Checklists  14. How to Present your Findings in Front of Others  15. Where to Go Next


    Ross A. Seligman has been teaching research methods and other psychology classes for over 28 years. Apart from Citrus College, he has also taught at Pasadena City College, Mt. San Antonio College, and Chaffey College in California. Ross is also an experienced department chair and dean. He has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Occidental College and a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. Ross also did his doctoral coursework in social psychology at the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA.

    Lindsay A. Mitchell recently graduated from California State University, Fullerton, USA, with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology.