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Ideal for instructors and students in a wide range of sociological courses, this guide makes the case that thinking and writing are integrally related and that writing, therefore, exercises the sociological imagination. Written in a clear and conversational style, A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers examines a wide range of writing assignments for sociology courses at all levels of the curriculum. Employing a variety of writing samples as a means to illustrate effective writing, this brief and inexpensive text teaches students how to deftly research and write about sociology.
Table of Contents
|To the Instructor||p. vii|
|About the Authors||p. xi|
|To the Student||p. xiii|
|Getting Started||p. 3|
|What is Sociology?||p. 4|
|Framing a Question||p. 10|
|Terms and Strategies in Essay and Exam Assignments||p. 13|
|Developing an Argument: Logic and Structure||p. 16|
|The Proposal||p. 21|
|A Sample Student Proposal||p. 23|
|The Writing Process||p. 30|
|The Secret to Writing Is Rewriting||p. 30|
|Writing a First Draft||p. 35|
|Writing Styles||p. 40|
|Working with Sources||p. 45|
|Taking Two Kinds of Notes||p. 45|
|Sample Annotated Bibliography||p. 47|
|Avoiding Plagiarism: When and What to Cite||p. 48|
|Identifying Your Borrowed Words or Ideas||p. 50|
|Citations in the Text||p. 52|
|References and Bibliographies||p. 56|
|Bibliographic Software||p. 58|
|Writing from Various Data Sources||p. 61|
|The General Research Paper Based on Library or Internet Data||p. 64|
|Before You Start: Choosing a Topic||p. 65|
|Determining Your First Source(s)||p. 66|
|Advantages and Disadvantages of Library and Internet Sources||p. 68|
|Searching Online Information with Boolean Operators and Keywords||p. 70|
|Using the Library to Review the Sociological Literature||p. 73|
|Using the Library to Locate Specialized Sociological References||p. 74|
|General Bibliographic Sources||p. 82|
|Setting Up a Record-Keeping System||p. 86|
|Taking Notes||p. 87|
|A Sample Student Paper||p. 91|
|The Textual Analysis (or Article Critique) Paper||p. 118|
|Asking Questions about the Text||p. 119|
|Compare-Contrast Assignments||p. 123|
|How to Read the Text||p. 123|
|Taking Notes||p. 126|
|Organizing Your Paper||p. 126|
|Writing Your Textual Analysis||p. 128|
|A Sample Student Paper||p. 128|
|The Quantitative Research Paper||p. 142|
|Reviewing the Literature||p. 144|
|Developing a Methods and Analysis Plan||p. 146|
|Writing the Other Sections of Your Paper||p. 153|
|Suggested Readings||p. 158|
|A Sample Student Paper||p. 158|
|The Ethnographic Field Research Paper||p. 180|
|Goals and Methods of Ethnographic Field Research||p. 181|
|Asking an Appropriate Question||p. 181|
|Reviewing the Literature||p. 182|
|Collecting Your Data||p. 183|
|Example of Observational Field Notes||p. 187|
|Example of Interview Notes||p. 192|
|Organizing Your Data||p. 192|
|Writing Your Paper||p. 195|
|Suggested Readings||p. 196|
|A Sample Student Paper||p. 197|
|Finishing Up||p. 215|
|A Final Checklist for Submitting Your Paper||p. 219|
|Thinking Big||p. 220|
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