Writing Psychology Papers

The ability to write and communicate well is an important skill for psychology students. There are several specific types of papers that you might be required to write at some point during your academic studies. Learn more about different types of psychology papers and find tips for planning, writing and editing your papers.

Types of Psychology Papers

1. Lab reports describe the events and outcomes of a research project or experiment and have the same          structure as a scholarly journal article. The purpose of the report is to explain how and why you                  performed the experiment, the results of your experiment and your interpretation of the results. Sections      of a lab report include a title page, abstract, introduction, methods, results, references and discussion.

2. Essays in psychology are similar to essays in other subject areas; the purpose of the essay is to clearly        and concisely summarize a topic. A good essay will utilize logical arguments and will have an                      introduction, a body, and a conclusion.

3. A research paper explores a specific theory, concept or topic in depth. The first section should                    summarize the goals of the paper, while the second section presents and summarizes the issues, topics,      or arguments. The final section should critically analyze the information and research that has been            presented and offer a conclusion.

4. A literature review should evaluate and summarize research that is related to a particular concept,              theory or topic. These papers are critical in nature and should present an overview of the field of                research and a specific thesis. Arguments for the thesis should be presented in the main section of the        paper.