Writing First Drafts

Practice Creating an Outline for an APA Style Introduction Based on Notes

This resource helps students practice the process of outlining an APA style Introduction based on notes taken on research articles. It provides note sheets from 8 research articles and a template to help students plan and organize the structure of an APA style Introduction. Please click here for the file.

APA Style (7th Edition): Avoiding Several Types of Plagiarism

Students can always use additional information about plagiarism as a refresher. In this handout from the APA, they distinguish between word plagiarism and idea plagiarism, as well as discuss “patchwriting.” (which may be a new concept for students) You can find the handout here.

Writing Quantitative Empirical Manuscripts With Rigor and Flair (Yes, It’s Possible)

This article, authored by Marianne Fallon (Central Connecticut State University) in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, addresses the myth that APA style writing needs to be boring. The article features lots of great advice for students (and for more senior researchers). Students could read this before starting their paper to give them a …

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Simple Rules for Concise Scientific Writing

A central feature of scientific writing is clear and concise prose. This paper by Scott Hotaling (follow him on Twitter) provides a set of easy to follow rules to follow when writing research papers. Though this isn’t specifically for psychology or APA style papers, his suggestions are fantastic general tips for becoming a better writer. …

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Link: 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer

This is an easy to read list of advice from writers, much of it focusing on the writing process (getting down to actually doing it). Topics include getting through the first draft, importance of outlines, getting a routine, unplugging, the importance of feedback, and getting stuck. This is great advice for everyone (students and professors). …

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