What is it?
The guide does 2 main things:
- Lists dos and don'ts for academic writing in Psychology.
- Provides the standard format for references lists for a range of sources: books, journals, website etc.
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When to use capitals? How to abbreviate? How to punctuate in-line citations? The guide provides useful tips and ways to avoid common errors, such as:
"et al." - should be in italics
Don't capitalise the names of concepts or theories e.g. 'working memory model' is preferred to 'Working Memory Model'.
Writing the References Section
Writing references can be a bit of a painful process... However the BPS guide explains very clearly how they should be set out, with dozens of examples.
I do look forward to seeing an update with more examples of how to cite websites, though. The current examples don't cover youtube clips, blogs etc.
See also: Simple guide to citing research studies.