Larry Hatcher, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan. He is author or co-author of six textbooks on statistics and data analysis, including Advanced Statistics in Research: Reading, Understanding, and Writing Up Data Analysis Results, A Step-by-Step Approach to Using SAS(R) for Univariate & Multivariate Statistics and the widely-cited A Step-by-Step Approach to Using the SAS(R) System for Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling.
This is the most comprehensive book on APA style I've ever seen. It includes everything, and I mean everything and then some. From showing what the final product should look like to showing the MS-Word tricks needed for formatting, Hatcher's book has it all. Nobody with this book will have to submit a paper or poster or presentation and wonder if they have met APA's style criteria. Dr. Jerry K. Palmer, Psychology Department, Eastern Kentucky UniversityThis book will be an immediate replacement for the two books that I currently use for my Laboratory in Psychology class. There were several components of the book that I especially appreciated--I give three examples below. First, the presentation about effect sizes is excellent. I've had to create my own table about interpreting effect sizes and have now switched over to using a copy of Larry Hatcher's table. A second example is the inclusion of how to perform some fairly basic word processing functions in Microsoft Word. I teach my students a few of these tips; it's nice to have these and many more I listed within the text. Finally, I've spent countless hours explaining what content goes in each section. Larry Hatcher's guide for this is excellent. Dr. Timothy Franz, Department of Psychology, St. John Fisher CollegeI found the walk-throughs to be an asset. The sample paper and other displays are easy-to-follow guides.Dr. William P. (Bill) Childs, Professor of Education, Frostburg State University...In particular, I liked the examples coupled with the checklists. Students routinely want examples of how to do something but then fail to extract the general guidelines or apply them to their own work. Presenting both the examples and the checklist helps students understand why the examples look the way they do and how they might address those guidelines when their projects differ from the examples. I wish I had a copy when I was preparing my Research Methods course. It would have saved me considerable time creating examples of APA style issues.I also appreciated the chapter on creating posters. We send a lot of our undergrads to conferences to present their work in poster sessions. Your text provides good practical tips for designing and creating posters and, more importantly, it helps researchers understand how posters differ from manuscripts. Dr. Matthew Hayes, Department of Psychology, Winthrop University