Many psychology students dislike writing a research paper, their aversion driven by anxiety over various aspects of the process.

This primer for undergraduates explains how to write a clear, compelling, well-organized research paper.

From picking a promising topic, to finding and digesting the pertinent literature, to developing a thesis, to outlining and presenting ideas, to editing for clarity and concision — each step is broken down and illustrated with examples.

In addition, a bonus chapter discusses how to combat procrastination. Students learn that the best writing is done in chunks over long periods of time, and that writing is a skill that improves with practice.

By following the advice in this book, any student can not only get through their dreaded writing assignment, but become a more proficient writer.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword



I. Preparing to Write

  1. Developing an Idea
  2. Finding Background Information and Literature

II. Writing

  1. Organizing Your Ideas and Creating a Thesis
  2. Structuring and Drafting Your Paper
  3. Revising Your Paper
  4. Managing Citations

III. Staying on Task

  1. Dealing With Procrastination




About the Author

About the Series Editors

Author Bio

Scott A. Baldwin, PhD, received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis in 2006. He completed his predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Psychiatry.

He's an associate professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, where he has taught since 2006. He's also a licensed psychologist in Utah.

Dr. Baldwin's research focuses on research design, statistical, and measurement issues in psychotherapy and health research. He's published more than 50 articles and has focused his recent efforts on demonstrating the use of advanced statistical methods in psychological research. He teaches courses on statistics, measurement, research design, and psychotherapy.

When not doing data analysis or writing, he likes to spend time with his family, swim, bike, run, and play classic video games.