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Making Sense in the Social Sciences

A Student's Guide to Research and Writing

Fifth Edition

Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman, and Patrizia Albanese

Publication Date - March 2012

ISBN: 9780195445831

304 pages
6.0 x 9.0 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $24.95


With more than 25 years on the market, Making Sense in the Social Sciences: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing is entering its fifth edition. This volume is intended for undergraduate students in any social sciences course with a research and writing component. Its likeliest home will be in first-year courses; however, it is also suitable for students at the second- and third-year level.

Revisions to the fifth edition Making Sense in the Social Sciences: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing include updated information on research design and developing a thesis statement, and enhanced coverage of developments in technology-based research. This edition will feature a brand new chapter, 'Presenting Your Work', which offers information on making the most of visual aids and responding to questions. References, dates, and examples have also been updated throughout the text. Finally, the new edition features a mini-index, outlining the most common research and writing issues, on the inside front cover for quick and easy reference.


  • Concise, comprehensive, and accessible.
  • Features a brand new chapter on work presentation.
  • Includes newly updated information covering technology-based research and evaluation, research design, and developing a thesis statement.
  • Fully up-to-date guidelines for documentation and referencing, including coverage of both MLA and APA styles.
  • Covers different methods of quantitative and qualitative research, research design, theory, measurement, and how to conduct ethical research.
  • Practical tips on eliminating grammar and punctuation errors, essay and report writing, studying for tests and exams, and avoiding plagiarism.

About the Author(s)

Margot Northey is a specialist in communications and the former dean of the School of Business at Queen's University.

Lorne Tepperman is a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto.

Patrizia Albanese is an associate professor of sociology at Ryerson University.

Previous Publication Date(s)

May 2010

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

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