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Making Sense in Psychology

A Student's Guide to Research and Writing

Second Edition

Margot Northey and Brian Timney

Publication Date - 16 June 2015

ISBN: 9780199010318

312 pages
8.9 x 6.0 inches

Clear and concise guide to research and writing for students at all levels of undergraduate psychology studies


The Making Sense series offers clear, concise guides to research and writing for students at all levels of undergraduate study. Designed especially for students in psychology, this volume outlines general principles of style, grammar, and punctuation while also covering issues such as how to conduct academic research in psychology, how to write essays and short assignments, how to document sources, and how to give an oral presentation.

Revisions to the second edition of Making Sense in Psychology include a chapter re-ordering to help the book better match the writing process. It includes comprehensive coverage of new developments in technology-based research and writing, discussing information managers, databases, and outlining software. The APA section has been revised to be completely up to date.


  • Concise. Features an overview of research and writing for students in psychology, for a reasonable price, and can be used as a resource for a student's entire academic career.
  • Practical. Uses straightforward language to discuss the basics of research and writing. Instructors agree that as an overview, the Making Sense series is much easier to digest than heavier writing style guides, and they appreciate the discipline-specific content.
  • Documentation: Features up-to-date guidelines for documentation and referencing and provides the most current guidelines for documentation in psychology, including coverage of APA and referencing.
  • Up-to-date. Along with including the most up-to-date citation styles, The Making Sense series also features current examples, and useful information on using the internet as a research tool.
  • More Accessible. This edition contains more bulleted points and summaries to make the content easier to reference and absorb.

About the Author(s)

Margot Northey is a specialist in communications and the former dean of the School of Business at Queen's University.

Brian Timney is a professor and dean of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Western Ontario. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Timney runs The Timney Lab in the department of psychology.

Table of Contents

    1. Communicating in Psychology
    2. Information Gathering
    3. Electronic Resources
    4. Writing an Essay or Research Paper
    5. Ethical Issues in Research and Writing
    6. Writing a Lab Report
    7. Presentation of Data
    8. Research Proposals and Honours Theses
    9. Giving a Seminar or Oral Presentation
    10. APA Editorial Style and Documentation
    11. Writing with Style
    12. Common Errors in Grammar and Usage
    13. Punctuation
    Appendix A: Catchlist of Misused Words and Phrases
    Appendix B: Writing Examinations
    Appendix C: Writing a Resume or Letter of Application
    Glossary I: Key Terms and Abbreviations in Psychology
    Glossary II: Key Terms in Grammar