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Writing Empirical Research Reports 8th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1936523368

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Writing Empirical Research Reports 8th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1936523368
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162 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 8 edition (January 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936523361
ISBN-13: 978-1936523368

• Designed for students who will be writing research proposals, reports, theses, and dissertations.

• The 15 chapters cover 191 guidelines for effective scientific writing. The guidelines are fully illustrated with easy-to-follow examples.

• The guidelines describe the types of information that should be included, how this information should be expressed, and where various types of information should be placed within a research report.

• End-of-chapter questions help students master the writing process.

This text presents guidelines frequently followed by writers of empirical research reports. The guidelines describe the types of information that should be included, how this information should be expressed, and where various types of information should be placed within a research report.

Students whose professors require them to write research-based term papers that resemble journal articles will find this text useful. The exercises at the end of each chapter are designed for their use. Graduate students who are writing theses and dissertations will find that the guidelines also apply to their writing. Interspersed throughout the text are pointers for such students.

Considerations in Using This Text

The guidelines presented in this text are based on generalizations that the authors reached while reading extensively in journals in the social and behavioral sciences. If you are a student using this text in a research class, your professor may ask you to modify some of the guidelines you will find here. This may occur for two reasons. First, as a learning experience, a professor may require students to do certain things that go beyond the preparation of a paper for possible publication. For instance, we suggest that the literature review for a journal article should usually be highly selective. However, a professor may require students to write extensive literature reviews to show that they can conduct a comprehensive search of the literature on a topic. Second, as in all types of writing, there is a certain amount of subjectivity concerning what constitutes effective writing; even experts differ. Fortunately, these differences are less pronounced in scientific writing than in many other types of writing.

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