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2301.S20 - 05/06

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General Psychology/ Interview Paper Guidelines

 * Your interview papers must incorporate theories/concepts from the class or text

 The main purpose of writing this interview paper is to gain knowledge about psychology and to gain experience in conducting interviews. When writing papers that use interviews as a reference, you will have to conduct and write up the findings of your interviews utilizing APA style. In conducting your interview, you need to focus on the topic, gather and organize the information, form a thesis, and then write the paper. The paper must be 4 - 5 pages typed.


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Resources for APA style:

Link to APA Research Style Crib Sheet:


1.       American Psychological Association. APA Style.org. Retrieved November 8, 2001 from http://www.apastyle.org/

2.      Curtin Library and Information Service. (2001, February 9). APA Referencing. Retrieved October 26, 2001 from Curtin Library and Information Service Web site: http://lisweb.curtin.edu.au/guides/handouts/apa.html

3.      Land, B. (2001, July 1). Web Extension to American Psychological Association Style (WEAPAS) (Rev. 2.0). Retrieved November 8, 2001 from http://www.beadsland.com/ARC/1996/beadsland/ROOT/weapas/html/index/

4.      LEO: Literacy Education Online. (1999, April 6). APA Documentation: Name and Year. Retrieved November 8, 2001 from http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/research/apadocument.html

5.      Monash University Library. Virtual Librarian. (2000, November 15). How to acknowledge what you've read - (Citing and Referencing). Retrieved June 11, 2001 from Monash University Library, Virtual Librarian Web site: http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/vl/cite/citecon.htm  

6.      Psych Web. (2000, September 7). APA Style Resources. Retrieved June 21, 2001 from http://www.psywww.com/resource/apacrib.htm


Scheduling Interviews

Choose an appropriate person for the interview, someone who is knowledgeable about psychology. For example, Clinical Psychologist, Child Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Counselor, I/O Psychologist, Experimental Psychologist, Professor of Psychology, etc… (Please choose a field of psychology represented in our textbook).
Schedule an interview at least three weeks in advance. An early interview will give you time to call the interviewee back if more specific details are required.
Allow at least one hour for an interview, if possible. When you schedule the interview, notify the person that the interview will last about an hour.
If the interviewee approves, you might conduct the interview by telephone, e-mail, or through the Internet.


 Preparing Questions

Prepare an average of ten questions. Begin the interview by asking general questions, then progress with more specific questions.
Develop clear questions that fit into the focus of the paper. Questions that are organized chronologically will help to develop a well organized paper. However, be flexible when asking your questions in the interview. For example, if you do not have a question written down but the interviewee says something interesting, then you may have to ask other questions that you did not prepare for before the interview.


There are several types of questions that could be asked to elicit answers from the interviewee:

1. Open Questions allow the interviewee to speak freely. These questions require more than just a "yes" or "no" answer.


     Why is it important to learn about Psychology?

2. Closed Questions limit the interviewee to answer with one or two words.


     What month were you born?

     Do you have a son or a daughter?

3. Extension Questions are useful in obtaining additional information for the interviewee.


     Q: Where did you get those shoes?

     A: Ala Moana.

     Q: Which store in Ala Moana?

4. Echo Questions restate exactly what the interviewee previously said. These questions are used to secure more information.


     Q: What books are useful?

     A: The ones by Bandura and Skinner.

     Q: Bandura and Skinner?

5. Confrontation Questions are used to clarify the inconsistencies of the interviewee's answers.


     You said he injured his legs but today you said he injured his left leg, so did he injure his left leg or both legs?

6. Direct Questions allow the interviewer to come straight out and ask what he/she wants to know.


     Why don't you like the president of the company?

7. Summary Questions simply confirm the interviewee's reply.


     Did I hear you correctly when you said that you were accepted to UCLA for graduate school?

8. Repetition Questions repeat the same question when the original answer was vague.


     I don't believe you answered the question. Are you comfortable with your job?



Questions to be Avoided

Closed Questions should not be asked too often, especially 'yes' or 'no' questions.
Indirect Questions only infer or "beat around the bush."
Leading Questions specifically indicate the answer to be given by the interviewee.




Note Taking

To be accurate in paraphrasing or quoting a person, you must take good notes. These include major ideas- and revealing statements that could be used as direct quotes. Place quotation marks around the interviewee's exact words to help you distinguish between paraphrases and direct quotes.
If possible, use a tape recorder to record the interview. Ask permission from the interviewee before the session is recorded. In addition, take notes to write highlights of the interview.
When you take good notes, you should notice a pattern that will help develop a thesis and organize your paper.




Writing the Paper

A good interview paper is logically organized and should consist of the following parts:

I. Introduction

   A. Introduce the person

       1. Explain who the person is.

       2. Explain why this particular person was chosen.

       3. Give a brief background of the person.

   B. Set the scene of the interview

       1. Describe the location of the interview.

           a. Place

           b. Time

       2. Write your observations about anything special about the location of the interview.

   C. Purpose/Thesis

       1. State the purpose of the interview: what you wanted to find out.

       2. State your thesis: what you learned from the interview.

II. Body

The body of the paper consists of three or more main points that support the thesis. Each main point should be divided into a separate section (or paragraph) in your paper.

   A. Main Point 1

       1. Provide support using direct quotes.

       2. Provide more supporting evidence.

   B. Main Point 2

       1. Provide support using direct quotes.

       2. Provide more supporting evidence.

   C. Main Point 3

       1. Provide support using direct quotes.

       2. Provide more supporting evidence.

III. Conclusion

In the conclusion, restate the thesis of your paper and the main points that support your thesis. Furthermore, summarize what you have learned from the interview.

Use creativity and originality when writing the interview paper. It should include interesting details about what the person said rather than vague and general descriptions. Therefore, include occasional quotes that reveal something significant about the person. Also, remember that your personal observations must fit in with the flow and organization of the paper.




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