Project Description

An Interactive Approach to Writing Essays and Research Reports in Psychology, 4th Edition

Fully updated to reflect the latest 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual,  An Interactive Approach to Writing Essays and Research Reports in Psychology, 4th Edition is a writing guide that offers students an engaging, accessible introduction to the conventions of writing in the psychology discipline. Its straightforward, user-friendly style provides a thorough overview and is most suited for undergraduate students taking an introductory psychology course at university. The 4th edition contains an enhanced coverage of web research and writing and contains a new chapter on Qualitative Research.

This new edition is written by the leading Psychology author and Teaching and Learning expert Lorelle Burton. It is a perfect companion to Psychology, Australian and New Zealand Editionthe author’s best selling undergraduate Introductory Psychology text in the market.


Designed for Learning

Accessible Content

This new edition is delivered in concise, digestible chunks to support student engagement and retention.

New Chapter

A new chapter on Qualitative Research that is unique to the marketplace.

Trusted Authorship

Know you’re getting the best content from Australia’s leading Psychology expert, Lorelle Burton

Search Functionality

The full text search functionality allows students to quickly identify all instances of a key word or phrase.

Highlight and Annotate

The colour-coded highlights and note-taking application allow students to tag and add their own notes to important content.

Note Exporting

Students can copy and export sections of text together with bibliographical information and print out selected content to prepare for exams.

9 Topics on Academic Writing in Psychology

  • Chapter 1. Where to begin?
  • Chapter 2. Writing in APA Style
  • Chapter 3. Critical Thinking
  • Chapter 4. Essays
  • Chapter 5. Quantitative research
  • Chapter 6. Qualitative research
  • Chapter 7. In-text citations
  • Chapter 8. Reference list
  • Chapter 9. How to end

Trusted Authorship

Lorelle Burton is Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and Associate Dean (Students) in the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences at USQ. She currently leads the Community Futures research program in the Institute for Resilient Regions at USQ and has extensive experience as principal supervisor of higher degree research and Honours students. Lorelle has received multiple teaching excellence awards, including the 2001 USQ Award for Teaching Excellence; the 2004 Pearson Education and APS Early Career Teaching Award; an inaugural 2006 Carrick Citation for ‘delivering nationally recognised teaching practices and resources that inspire first-year students to actively engage in learning processes and develop critical thinking skills’; and an individual Carrick Australian Award for Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences. More recently, she was bestowed the prestigious 2016 APS Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award. Lorelle has led national research projects in learning and teaching, has served on national committees and boards, and has been an invited assessor for the national awards and grants. Lorelle has authored multiple psychology textbooks, including the market-leading first-year Australian psychology textbook and a widely adopted textbook about writing essays and research reports in psychology.

Pricing that Everyone Can Afford

Students can purchase their interactive textbook from Wiley Direct: An Interactive Approach to Writing Essays and Research Reports in Psychology, 4th Edition.

Wiley Direct is an initiative of the Wiley Affordability Program. As part of our ongoing commitment to higher education, the Wiley Affordability Program is dedicated to providing students with premium Wiley learning resources at an affordable price.

We believe that every student has a right to access quality resources, no matter what their budget is. Now, we are even better equipped than before to do what we do best; help teachers teach and students learn.



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