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Political Science Student Writer's Manual,9780131892590

Political Science Student Writer's Manual

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Edition:
5th
ISBN13:

9780131892590

ISBN10:
0131892592
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

This comprehensive, practical writer's manual is designed to helpreaders 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 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 volume provides a handbook of style for political science, guide to distance learning and the Internet and writing assignments for all levels. For those interested in improving the political science writing.

Table of Contents

To the Student vii
To the Teacher ix
PART ONE A Handbook of Style for Political Science
Writing as Communication
1(24)
Writing to Learn
1(4)
The Writing Process
5(20)
Writing Competently
25(22)
Grammar and Style
25(3)
Punctuation
28(19)
Paper Formats
47(11)
General Page Formats
47(5)
Tables, Illustrations, Figures, and Appendixes
52(4)
Text
56(2)
Citing Sources
58(19)
The APSA Author-Date System
58(16)
Avoiding Plagiarism
74(3)
PART TWO Conducting Research in Political Science
Organizing the Research Process
77(11)
Gaining Control of the Research Process
77(2)
Effective Research Methods
79(7)
How to Conduct a Literature Review
86(2)
Library Information Resources
88(12)
Reference Books
88(5)
Periodical Indexes
93(1)
Statistics
94(1)
Government Agencies
95(1)
Private Research Organizations
96(1)
List of Political Science Periodicals
97(3)
Internet Resources
100(6)
Writing Resources on the Internet
100(1)
Politics and Government Resources on the Internet
101(2)
Political Science Resources on the Internet
103(1)
Assessing the Quality of Internet Resources
104(2)
PART THREE Writing the Fundamentals of Scholarship
Book Reviews and Article Critiques
106(10)
Book Reviews
106(6)
Article Critiques
112(4)
Traditional Research Papers
116(4)
Definition: Traditional Studies in Political Science
116(1)
Traditional Political Science Research Papers
117(3)
PART FOUR Critical Thinking and Acting in Politics
Writing to Communicate and Act
120(15)
Letters to Newspaper Editors
120(4)
Op-ed Essays
124(3)
Letters to Elected Representatives
127(3)
Table of Forms of Proper Address
130(5)
Critical Thinking Exercises
135(9)
An Introduction to the Observation of Politics
135(1)
Directions for an Exercise in Observation: Campaign Commercials
136(1)
Directions for Writing on Allegory Analysis
137(1)
Allegory 1: Plato's Ring of Gyges
138(2)
Allegory 2: Rawls' Veil of Ignorance
140(1)
Allegory 3: Foucault's Panopticon
141(3)
PART FIVE Writing Assignments for Advanced Students
Policy Analysis Papers
144(7)
The Basics of Policy Analysis
144(1)
Prelude to Policy Analysis: Policy Analysis Research Proposals
145(2)
Policy Analysis Papers
147(4)
Amicus Curiae Briefs
151(7)
How to Write Amicus Curiae Briefs for the United States Supreme Court
151(4)
Resources for Writing an Amicus Curiae Brief
155(3)
Public Opinion Survey Papers
158(15)
The Scope and Purpose of a Public Opinion Survey Paper
158(1)
Steps in Writing a Public Opinion Survey Paper
159(10)
Elements of a Public Opinion Survey Paper
169(4)
Glossary of Political Science Terms 173(6)
Bibliography 179(2)
Index 181


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