Critical Evaluation

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PY1101 – Writing in Psychology

APA 6th Edition “HOW TO” GUIDE

In Psychology, we use the formatting guidelines as set out in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition. This is a starter guide to the APA formatting guidelines. This guide is not all-inclusive, but will help get you started for your first assignment. Burton’s ‘An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in Psychology’ is the best guide to help you with APA formatting and referencing. There are other resources online and in the library also.

Setting up the Format

You need to consider all aspects of the format of the document. The easiest thing to do is to adjust your ‘default’ settings in Microsoft
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o Does the evidence support the argument? o Are the hypotheses proposed by the researchers appropriate? o Are the arguments made by the researchers weak? • Examine the research methodology o Who were the participants in this study? o Does the research include a representative sample? o How were the participants recruited for this study? o How was the study conducted? • Evaluate the results[1] o Are the results presented clearly? o Do the results support the hypotheses made by the researchers? o Are the results interpreted with insight? • Analyse the conclusions/implications o Are the conclusions supported by the findings and other evidence? o Are the conclusions logical or are they beyond the scope of the study?

Concluding paragraph: • Synthesis of the findings form the critical evaluations. • Draw a conclusions from the evidence. • Provide recommendations for future research.

References • 1st Level Heading • Starts on a new page • Use APA style – no spaces between references, hanging indent format, alphabetical order (by leading author surname), authors’ initials only, no first names • Only include references actually cited in the report but make sure that you include ALL sources cited in the report • All sources MUST be cited in the text of the report where they are referred to • Secondary citations
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