Professional Development

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Writing the Empirical Journal Article (html version) (pdf version) by Daryl Bem


Citing Online Sources


 Microsoft word template for APA-style paper


What is plagiarism?



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Teaching Tips from the Honolulu Community College (this is an incredible collection!)


The University of Arizona: University Teaching Center


APA: Division II Teaching Resources Site: The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)


Example Syllabi in Psychology from STP (Project Syllabus)



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Psychology Experiments on the Internet



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Here are some great book resources and short reviews about each.  Thanks very much to our member Dr. Sharon Roberts (Northeastern State University).

A Printed List of Graduate programs in psychology

American Psychological Association. (2009). Graduate study in psychology. Washington, DC: APA.

From the APA, “The Graduate Study in Psychology is the best source of information related to graduate programs in psychology and provides information related to approximately 600 graduate programs in psychology in the U.S. and Canada… contains information about the number of applications received by a program, number of individuals accepted in each program, dates for applications and admission, types of information required for an application (GRE scores, letters of recommendations, documentation concerning volunteer or clinical experience, etc.), in-state and out-of-state tuition costs, availability of internships and scholarships, employment information of graduates, orientation and emphasis of departments and programs, plus other relevant information.” This resource is updated annually.

Applying to Grad School in Psychology
All of the resources in this category provide information on the application process and evaluation criteria, as well as tips on strengthening your materials including the personal statement and letters of recommendation. Each offers unique information, too, from different perspectives in varying formats and includes additional resource recommendations.

American Psychological Association. (2007). Getting in: A step-by-step plan for gaining admission to graduate school in psychology, (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: APA.

Sections include: Is a Graduate Degree in Psychology the Right Choice for You?, Decisions to Make Before Researching Graduate Programs in Psychology ,Assessing Your Qualifications and Improving Your Chances for Acceptance, Choosing Which Programs to Apply to, Applying to Graduate Programs, and After You’ve Applied. In addition, from the APA: “Members of special populations, such as women, ethnic minorities, gay and lesbian applicants, and applicants with disabilities will find resources and guidance particular to their needs.”

Keith-Spiegel, P., & Wiederman, M. W. (2000). The complete guide to graduate school admission: Psychology, counseling, and related professions (2nd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

From the Preface, “We take you through every facet of the process of deciding where to apply, getting the information you need, completing certain tasks before you apply, completing the application process itself step-by-step, and deciding about the options that become available to you.  In addition, those of you who have a semester or more before applications are due are offered many suggestions and strategies to enhance your chances of getting into the best possible program.”

Kracen, A. C., & Wallace, I. J. (Eds.). (2008). Applying to graduate school in psychology: Advice from successful students and prominent psychologists. Washington, DC: APA.

From the APA: “This comprehensive resource shares personal accounts from both peer and expert perspectives to fully illustrate the ins and outs of applying and preparing for the graduate school experience…  Potential applicants learn the commonalities and differences among diverse student experiences from a variety of academic institutions and programs. This student-to-student format offers familiarity and identification with those who have successfully enrolled in graduate programs across the country…  In the psychologist-written essays, renowned professionals share their academic and career development stories and provide meaningful insight into the rewards and challenges of the field.”

Advice for graduate teaching assistants

McKeachie, W. J., & Svinicki, M. (2005). McKeachie’s teaching tips: Strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers (12th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Originally written for McKeachie’s own GTAs, this handbook is targeted primarily to beginning teachers of undergraduates but offers valuable tips for all instructors. Practical advice is based on research-supported theory, now refined through 12 editions over several decades.

The nature of grad school and how to manage it

Phillips, E. M., & Pugh, D. S. (2005). How to get a PhD: A handbook for students and their supervisors (4th ed.). Buckingham, Great Britain: Open University Press.

With perspectives on the British system of postgraduate education, this resource provides insight on the structure and process of grad school and how to manage it, for Masters and PhD students and their supervisors.  From Roy Johnson, reviewer (, retrieved 08-17-08): “This is a book which is standing the test of time. First published in the 1980s, new material has been added… which now includes information technology, publishing your work, and teaching and working towards a PhD in a practice-based discipline.”