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Key Research and Study Skills in Psychology provides students with a wide range of research and study skills necessary to achieving a successful classification on a psychology degrees course. Its aim is to replace the stress and fear experienced when encountering essays, reports, statistics and exams with a sense of confidence, enthuasiasm and even fun.

Sieglinde McGee presents indispensable instruction, advice and tips on note making and note taking, evaluating academic literature, writing critical essays, preparing for and doing essay and MCQ exams, understanding research methods and issues associated with conducting research, writing and presenting reports and research and also some important computer skills. Examples provided will show how to score well on assignments and exams and also the sort of approach, layout, errors, omissions or answer-style that would achieve a lower grade. Practical exercises and interactive tasks are integrated throughout to clarify key points and give the students a chance to practice on their own. A glossary of key terms is also provided.

This is a major resource for students taking modules in Study and Research Skills in Psychology and an essential guide for all other students studying in psychology programs.

Evaluating Academic Literature
Evaluating academic literature
Aims

This chapter focuses on ways in which you can evaluate the strength and usefulness of academic literature. This is usually in the form of journal articles though the same principles will also apply to evaluating books or chapters in single or multi-authored books. By the end of this chapter you should know why it is important:

  • to consider who wrote it and where and when it was published
  • to know how it was done and argued
  • to identify whether or not the stated aims of the work were achieved
  • to know how their findings compare or contrast to those of other researchers.
What is Expected at University?

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