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The Political Science Student Writer's Manual,9780130404473

The Political Science Student Writer's Manual

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Edition:
4th
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9780130404473

ISBN10:
0130404470
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2002
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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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 v
To the Teacher vii
Introduction: The Discipline of Political Science 1(1)
A Brief History
1(12)
An Eclectic Discipline: Political Science Today
13(4)
PART ONE A Handbook of Style for Political Science
Writing as Communication
17(25)
Writing to Learn
17(5)
The Writing Process
22(20)
Writing Competently
42(23)
Grammar and Style
42(3)
Punctuation
45(20)
Paper Formats
65(12)
General Page Formats
65(5)
Tables, Illustrations, Figures, and Appendixes
70(4)
Text
74(3)
Citing Sources
77(41)
Preliminary Decisions
77(2)
The APSA Author-Date System
79(18)
The Documentary-Note System: Numbered References
97(21)
PART TWO Guide to Distance Learning and the Internet
The World of Distance Learning
118(7)
For Students Considering Distance Learning
118(4)
For Students Starting or Taking Distance Learning Courses
122(3)
Internet Resources
125(11)
Writing Resources on the Internet
125(2)
Politics and Government Resources on the Internet
127(8)
Political Science Resources on the Internet
135(1)
PART THREE Conducting Research in Political Science
Organizing the Research Process
136(25)
Gaining Control of the Research Process
136(2)
Effective Research Methods
138(7)
Ethical Use of Source Material
145(3)
Information Resources in Your College Library
148(13)
PART FOUR Writing Assignments for Students at All Levels
Book Reviews and Article Critiques
161(11)
Book Reviews
161(7)
Article Critiques
168(4)
Traditional Research Papers and Literature Reviews
172(6)
Traditional Political Science Research Papers
172(3)
How to Conduct a Literature Review
175(3)
PART FIVE Short Writing Assignments for Introductory Classes
Issue Reaction Papers
178(6)
Elements of Issue Reaction Papers
178(3)
A Sample Issue Reaction Paper
181(3)
Position Papers
184(9)
Definition of a Position Paper
185(1)
Selecting Topics for Position Papers
186(2)
Conducting Research for Position Papers
188(1)
Format and Contents for Position Papers
189(4)
PART SIX Writing Assignments for Advanced Students
Policy Analysis Papers
193(24)
The Basics of Policy Analysis
193(1)
Prelude to Policy Analysis: Policy Analysis Research Proposals
194(7)
A Sample Policy Analysis Research Proposal
201(6)
Policy Analysis Papers
207(10)
Case Briefs in Constitutional Law
217(13)
Amicus Curiae Briefs for the United States Supreme Court
217(8)
How to Read Supreme Court Decisions
225(5)
Public Opinion Survey Papers
230(15)
The Scope and Purpose of a Public Opinion Survey Paper
230(1)
Steps in Writing a Public Opinion Survey Paper
231(10)
Elements of a Public Opinion Survey Paper
241(4)
Glossary of Political Science Terms 245(6)
Bibliography 251(2)
Index 253

Excerpts

To the Student This fourth edition ofThe Political Science Student Writer's Manualincludes additions and revisions that are necessary for keeping up to date in the constantly changing world of politics, political science, and information technology. Some things, however, never change. The basic goals we pursue as students of political science, for example, have remained constant since the days of Aristotle and Plato. Successful students, like successful political scientists, will always be competent writers. As students of politics we observe political institutions and behavior. We write to record what we observe, to explain what we record, and to defend what we explain. As citizens we write to take part in making decisions that direct our nation, our community, and our private lives. From the Declaration of Independence to the Emancipation Proclamation, from the United Nations Charter to President Kennedy's inaugural address, writing has brought us the freedom we enjoy today. The Political Science Student Writer's Manualis designed to help you do two things: (1) improve your writing; and (2) learn political science. These two objectives are addressed in the major sections of this book. The Introduction tells you what political science is all about. Intended for both first-time and experienced political science students, it offers a basic historical orientation and a challenging account of current issues and analytical techniques. Part One addresses fundamental concerns of all writers, exploring the reasons why we write, describing the writing process itself, and examining those elements of grammar, style, and punctuation that cause the most confusion among writers in general. A vital concern throughout this part, and the rest of the book as well, is the three-way interrelationship among writer, topic, and audience. Our discussion of this relationship aims at building your self-confidence as you clarify your goals. Writing is not a magical process beyond the control of most people. It is instead a series of interconnected skills that any writer can improve with practice, and the end result of this practice is power. Chapters 1 and 2 of this manual treat the act of writing not as an empty exercise undertaken only to produce a grade but as a powerful learning tool as well as the primary medium by which political scientists accomplish their goals. Chapter 3 explains the importance of formatting the research paper properly and supplies you with format models for title pages, tables of contents, and so on. Chapter 4 explains how to cite sources and how to use source material ethically. Part Two is new to the fourth edition. Chapter 5 introduces distance learners to some of the special challenges and opportunities they face in learning outside the traditional classroom environment. Chapter 6 provides an updated list of Internet resources relating to politics, political science, and writing. Part Three focuses on research. Chapter 7 describes the research process in detail, explaining how you can maintain self-confidence by establishing control over your project. It also provides examples of guides to information that you will find in your college library. The seven chapters in Parts Four, Five, and Six explain different types of papers common to political science classes. Each chapter begins by exploring the purposes and characteristics of the paper covered. Next, the steps for writing a successful paper are spelled out, and typical formats are provided. Each chapter encourages you to use your imagination and resourcefulness in confronting the requirements of the various kinds of papers. The chapters in Part Four explain writing assignments for students at all levels of college work, while Parts Five and Six provide directions for papers for introductory and advanced students, respectively. Your professor may give you a specific paper assignment from one of these chapters.


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