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Making Sense in the Social Sciences

A Student's Guide to Research and Writing

Sixth Edition

Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman, and Patrizia Albanese

April 2015

ISBN: 9780199010196

296 pages

In Stock

Price: £22.99

A concise and practical guide suitable for students on any social science course.



This text is a clear and concise guide to research and writing for students at all levels of undergraduate studies. Making Sense in the Social Sciences is intended for students in any social sciences course containing research/writing components.

  • Concise. Features an overview of research and writing for students in the social sciences, for a reasonable price, and can be used as a resource for a student's entire academic career.
  • Practical. Uses straightforward language to discuss the basics of research and writing. Instructors agree that as an overview, the Making Sense series is much easier to digest than heavier writing style guides, and they appreciate the discipline-specific content.
  • Documentation: Features up-to-date guidelines for documentation and referencing and provides the most current guidelines for documentation in the social sciences including coverage of MLA, APA, and SSS style and referencing.
  • Up-to-date. Along with including the most up-to-date citation styles, the Making Sense series also features current examples, and useful information on using the internet as a research tool.
  • More Accessible. This edition contains more bulleted points and summaries to make the content easier to reference and absorb.

About the Author(s)

Margot Northey, Former Dean of the School of Business, Queen's University, Ontario, Lorne Tepperman, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, and Patrizia Albanese, Professor, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University

Table of Contents

    1: Writing and Thinking
    2: Designing a Project
    3: Theorizing about a Project
    4: Using Quantitative Data
    5: Using Qualitative Data
    6: Exercising Judgment and Good Ethics
    7: Arguing and Writing with Style
    8: Planning and Organizing an Essay or Report
    9: Writing an Essay or Exam
    10: Documentation
    11: Presenting Your Work
    12: Common Errors in Grammar and Usage
    13: Punctuation
    14: Misused Words and Phrases
    Glossary I: Social Science
    Glossary II: Grammar