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"This guide will serve well as a handbook for undergraduate psychology students working on senior projects or theses. Clear, concise, and well organized, the book instructs the student from the beginning of the project to the final draft and offers advice both specific and general."—J. Bailey, CHOICEAnxious about your final year Psychology Project? Having trouble getting started? Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success clearly maps out all the requirements of a project in psychology. Acting as a definitive survival manual it guides students through every aspect of a psychology project from conception of an idea, to writing up the final draft. It will help students think through the whole research process by bridging the relationship between the research question, the design, and the use of statistical and qualitative analyses. By using clear practical examples this book provides an invaluable insight into applying theory to practice and will equip students with the knowledge, skills and abilty to carry out and write up their thesis project. Written in a clear and engaging manner Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success should be essential reading for all students undertaking a psychology research project.

How to Write a Good Introduction
How to write a good introduction
Objectives

On reading this chapter you should:

  • understand how writing the introduction combines scientific and artistic writing, in evaluating past research and seeing new links and connections within the literature;
  • understand the train of thought involved in writing the introduction from the general to the specific;
  • understand the importance of starting your introduction with a strong statement;
  • be able to highlight the importance of your study using the strategies highlighted in this chapter;
  • understand the importance, for qualitative research, of striking a balance between reading enough literature to formulate a good research question, and reading too much which would bias your judgement of what to expect from your study;
  • understand the importance of explicitly stating your hypothesis(es)/research question at the end ...
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