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Psychology Guide: Writing in psychology

This Guide has been created to help Psychology students find useful Library resources

Writing for Psychology? Specific structure for a paper in APA style

If you are studying Psychology at CDU you'll be asked to write your papers in American Psychological Association (APA) manuscript style. This is not just about how you cite and compile your references (i.e. APA style referencing). There are APA specific conventions for WRITING, with specific conventions for elements such as font choice, formatting, title page requirements, line spacing and indentation rules.

Always adhere to the conventions requested by your unit co-ordinator.

The American Psychological Association has a substantial guide to writing a student paper or a professional paper in APA paper style. Their website provides guidance and sample papers to download:

Click to see a sample psychology paper in APA format

Writing for and studying in psychology

University of Manchester's Academic Phrasebank

This Academic Phrasebank from the University of Manchester may assist with the 'nuts and bolts' psychology papers.

Plagiarism Quiz

Language and Learning Support

Language and Learning Support is a free service available to all CDU students.

The Language and Learning Support team can assist with:

  • English language skills
  • Understanding your assignments
  • Writing
  • Presentations
  • Other study and exam skills

Language and Learning Support provide useful study skills resources to help students develop skills in areas such as:

  • How to write an essay
  • How to write a report
  • Academic writing
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective note making

The Language and Learning Support team also offer free workshops. Workshops change regularly and include topics such as:

  • Understanding your assignment
  • Introduction to academic writing
  • Paraphrasing and synthesising sources

You can contact the Language and Learning Support team via email at

Academic Writing

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