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The Political Science Student Writer's Manual,9780130225580

The Political Science Student Writer's Manual

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780130225580

ISBN10:
0130225584
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Pearson College Div
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Summary

This comprehensive, practical writer's manual--created specifically for political science writers--is designed to help "readers" accomplish two goals: 1) improve their writing skills and strategies and 2) learn political science at the same time. The manual considers the different types of papers common to political science writing at all levels, at the introductory level, and at the advanced level--exploring the purposes and characteristics of each paper, the steps for writing a successful paper, and typical formats. The book provides a handbook of style for political science, including formats and source-citing, a guide to distance learning and the Internet, guidelines for conducting research in political science, plus writing assignments for varied levels of writers. For individuals interested in improving their writing techniques and learning more about political science.

Table of Contents

To the Student ix
To the Teacher xi
Introduction: The Discipline of Political Science 1(1)
A Brief History
2(12)
An Eclectic Discipline: Political Science Today
14(3)
Testing Hypotheses: The Basics of Political Analysis
17(7)
PART ONE A Handbook of Style for Political Science
Writing as Communication
24(25)
Writing to Learn
24(5)
The Writing Process
29(20)
Writing Competently
49(23)
Composition
49(3)
Grammar and Punctuation
52(20)
Paper Formats
72(13)
General Page Format
72(1)
Title Page
73(2)
Abstract
75(1)
Executive Summary
75(2)
Outline Page
77(1)
Table of Contents
77(1)
Tables and Figures
77(5)
Text
82(1)
Reference Page
83(1)
Appendixes
83(2)
Citing Sources
85(46)
Preliminary Decisions
85(3)
The ASPA Author-Date System
88(16)
The Documentary-Note System: Numbered References
104(17)
The Student Citation System (SCS)
121(10)
PART TWO Thinking Critically and Arguing Persuasively
Principles of Argument
131(14)
And Introduction to Effective Argument
131(2)
Argument Validity and Soundness
133(12)
Avoiding Fallacies
145(10)
Types of Fallacies
145(9)
An Exercise in Identifying Fallacies
154(1)
PART THREE Conducting Research in Political Science
Organizing the Research Process
155(13)
Gaining Control of the Research Process
155(2)
Effective Research Methods
157(7)
Ethical Use of Source Material
164(4)
Information Resources: Library and Internet
168(26)
Information in Your College Library
168(13)
Internet Resources for Writing Well
181(2)
Politics and Government Resources on the Internet
183(8)
Political Science Resources on the Internet
191(3)
PART FOUR Writing Assignments for Students at All Levels
Book Reviews and Article Critiques
194(11)
Book Reviews
194(7)
Article Critiques
201(4)
Traditional Research Papers and Literature Reviews
205(10)
Traditional Political Science Research Papers
205(7)
How to Conduct a Literature Review
212(3)
PART FIVE Short Writing Assignments for Introductory Classes
Issue Reaction Papers
215(5)
Elements of Issue Reaction Papers
215(3)
A Sample Reaction Paper
218(2)
Position Papers
220(16)
Definition of a Policy Position Paper
221(1)
Selecting Topics
221(3)
Conducting Research
224(1)
Format and Contents
225(11)
PART SIX Writing Assignments for Advanced Students
Political Analysis Papers
236(17)
Conducting Political Analysis
238(1)
Writing a Political Analysis Paper: An Overview
238(2)
The Format of a Political Analysis Paper
240(1)
Analytical Frameworks for Political Analysis
241(12)
Policy Analysis Papers
253(19)
The Basics of Policy Analysis
253(1)
Prelude to Policy Analysis: Policy Analysis Research Proposals
254(7)
Policy Analysis Papers
261(11)
Administrative Case Studies
272(9)
The Definition and Purpose of Administrative Case Studies
273(2)
Limitations of the Case Study Method
275(1)
Writing an Administrative Case Study
276(1)
Elements of an Administrative Case Study Paper
277(4)
Case Briefs in Constitutional and International Law
281(17)
Amicus Curiae Briefs for the United States Supreme Court
281(9)
Interventions for Cases in International Law
290(3)
How to Read Supreme Court Decisions
293(5)
Public Opinion Survey Papers
298(17)
The Scope and Purpose of a Public Opinion Survey Paper
299(1)
Steps in Writing a Public Opinion Survey Paper
300(10)
Elements of a Public Opinion Survey Paper
310(5)
Glossary of Political Science Terms 315(8)
Index 323


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