Research and Writing Guide for Political Science
Table of Contents
Chapters 1-4 end with a Conclusion.
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
WHAT THIS BOOK DOES DO AND WHAT IT DOES NOT DO
WHY WRITE A RESEARCH PAPER?
GETTING STARTED: I HAVE TO WRITE A RESEARCH PAPER. . . .
WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
Parts of a Research Paper
Evidence/Analysis: Testing Your Hypothesis
Bibliography or Works-Cited page
CHAPTER 2: CONDUCTING RESEARCH: FINDING, EVALUATING, AND USING SOURCES
SCHOLARLY SOURCES: WHAT ARE THEY?
Primary and Secondary Sources
Finding Scholarly Journal Articles and Book Reviews
Newspapers and magazines
Data and Statistical Sources
Library and the librarians
TAKING EFFECTIVE NOTES
CHAPTER 3: WRITING, REWRITING, REVISING, AND EDITING
WRITING: DRAFTS, DRAFTS, AND MORE DRAFTS
Writing the Paper
The Literature Review
EDITING THE PAPER
THE NITTY-GRITTY: FORMATTING THE PAPER IN PREPARATION FOR SUBMISSION
GETTING FEEDBACK FROM OTHERS
CHAPTER 4: CITATIONS AND BIBLIOGRAPHY
CITING DIRECT QUOTES, PARAPHRASE, AND IDEAS
APA Style and References List
Other things to keep in mind as you cite and write using the APA style
MLA Style and Works-Cited List
Other things to keep in mind when you cite and write using the MLA style
Chicago Style: Citations and Bibliography
Other things to keep in mind when you cite and write using the Chicago style
CHAPTER 5: CONCLUSION: FURTHER READINGS
Books for political science papers
General books on research and writing papers