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Writing in the Social Sciences

A Guide for Term Papers and Book Reviews

Second Edition

Jake Muller

Publication Date - December 2014

ISBN: 9780199009862

208 pages
Paperback

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Retail Price to Students: $54.95

A clear, step-by-step guide to the entire writing process, ideal for social science students new to academic writing

Description

Ideal for students new to academic writing, Writing in the Social Sciences, Second Edition, is a clear, step-by-step guide to the entire writing process. Students will learn how to select and research a topic, develop and refine their ideas into a comprehensive outline, and convert the outline into a research paper or book report.

New to this Edition

  • An appendix (D) on selecting academic sources provides criteria for evaluating and choosing appropriate sources for research assignments
  • Expanded coverage of citation styles--including APA, ASA, and CMS--reflects the different styles that are used across the social sciences
  • More examples, tables, and figures throughout, including an extended sample essay outline, help illustrate the research and writing process
  • An Instructor's Manual provides chapter summaries, suggestions for instruction, and exercises and activities for students

Features

  • Step-by-step instruction leads students through every step of the writing process, making this a perfect resource for students new to academic writing
  • A wealth of sample documents--including outlines, title pages, citations, and common argumentative phrases--provide students with models to work from when producing their own written assignments
  • A classroom-tested approach based on thirty years of teaching experience ensures that the material is at an appropriate level for students

About the Author(s)

Jake Muller is Professor Emeritus at Northwest Community College, where he taught introductory sociology courses and social work courses for over thirty years. He has edited two books, Community Organization and the Canadian State (1990) and Education for Work: Education as Work, and has published a number of articles in textbooks and in The Community Development Journal, published by Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: Preparing for Your Social Science Term Paper and Book Review
    Objectives
    1. How Will This Book Help Me Write a Term Paper or Book Review?
    2. How Is This Book Organized?
    3. What Do I Need to Know about Reading and Writing?
    4. Can You Recognize the Building Blocks of Research and Writing?
    5. What Will My Instructor Expect from Me in My Research and Writing Role?
    6. What Specific Requirements Must I Follow in My Term Paper?
    Chapter Summary
    Checklist for Term Paper Requirements
    Recommended Websites
    Recommended Readings
    1. Learn the Basic Social Science Argumentative Format and Process
    Objectives
    1.1 What Is the Basic Social Science Argumentative Format and Process?
    1.2 What Are the Argumentative Roots of the Basic Social Science Argumentative Format and Process?
    1.3 How Do I Choose One of the Three Kinds of Term Papers?
    1.4 How Do I Use a Standard Social Science Outline for My Research Priorities and to Write My Term Paper?
    1.5 How Can I Visualize the Basic Social Science Research and Writing Process?
    Chapter Summary
    Checklist for Term Paper Research and Writing
    Recommended Websites
    Recommended Readings
    2. Research to Create an Aim, Arguments, and Headings/Themes
    Objectives
    2.1 How Do I Choose a Topic, Subject Area, or Question?
    2.2 How Do I Create an Aim?
    2.3 How Do I Research to Create Arguments?
    2.4 How Do I Develop My Aim from My Arguments?
    Chapter Summary
    Checklist for Term Paper Research
    Recommended Websites
    Recommended Readings
    3. Reference Your Sources
    Objectives
    3.1 What General Referencing Information Do I Need to Know and Use?
    3.2 How Do I Cite Sources According to APA Style?
    3.3 How Do I Cite Sources According to Chicago Style (Author-Date)?
    3.4 How Do I Cite Sources According to ASA Style?
    Chapter Summary
    Checklist for Referencing Sources
    Recommended Websites
    Recommended Readings
    4. Research to Define Concepts in the Aim, Organize Arguments, and Draft a Conclusion
    Objectives
    4.1 How Do I Define the Concepts in the Aim Sentence?
    4.2 How Do I Organize the Arguments?
    4.3 How Do I Draft a Conclusion?
    Chapter Summary
    Checklist for Term Paper Research
    Recommended Websites
    Recommended Readings
    5. Writing the First Social Science Term Paper
    Objectives
    5.1 How Do I Write a Term Paper Draft?
    5.2 How Do I Revise My Draft?
    5.3 How Do I Format My Term Paper?
    5.4 How Do I Write an Abstract?
    5.5 What Should the Title Page Look Like?
    5.6 What Do I Need to Do to Produce My Final Copy?
    Chapter Summary
    Checklist for Writing Term Paper
    Recommended Websites
    Recommended Readings
    6. Writing the First Social Science Book Review or Article Critique
    Objectives
    6.1 What Are the Requirements for My Book Review (or Article Critique)?
    6.2 How Do I Work on My Book Review Outline?
    6.3 How Do I Write My First Social Science Book Review?
    6.4 How Do I Format My Book Review?
    6.5 How Do I Create the Title Page for a Book Review (and Article Critique)?
    6.6 What Do I Need to Do to Produce My Final Copy?
    6.7 How Do I Write an Article Critique?
    Chapter Summary
    Checklist for Writing Book Review and Article Critique
    Recommended Websites
    Recommended Readings
    Appendix A: Answer Key to "What Do I Need to Know About Reading and Writing?"
    Appendix B: A Brief Grammar Reference
    Appendix C: Answer Key to Writing Samples from the Introduction (NEW)
    Appendix D: Tips on Selecting Appropriate Academic Sources for a Research Paper (NEW)
    Appendix E: The First Social Science Outline
    Appendix F: The Second Social Science Outline
    References
    Index

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