9780130410641

The Sociology Student Writer's Manual

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    9780130410641

  • ISBN10:

    0130410640

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2002
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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A supplemental manual/reference for all courses in Sociology, from introductory to advanced, involving the research and writing of papers. Perfect complement to any distance learning course. THE most comprehensive book available that deals specifically with writing sociology papers, this updated reference/manual helps both beginning and advanced students learn (1) how to research and write in sociology, and (2) how to improve their writing ability in general. Based on the authors'extensive experience in teaching a variety of sociology courses, it combines the latest sociological research and writing techniques with a broad spectrum of writing activities. It gives specific directions for writing a variety of papers in sociologyfrom introductory to advancedwhile also providing instructions on how to write and how to format the paper and cite sources following the American Sociological Association's guidelines. The manual relieves professors from having to teach much of the detail in the writing process, and gives students the guidance they need to tackle course projects of all complexities.

Table of Contents

To the Student xi
To the Instructor xiii
Introduction: Welcome to the Study of Sociology 1(1)
What Is Sociology?
1(2)
Different Kinds of Sociology
3(1)
Some Fundamental Ideas of Sociology
3(3)
A Brief History of Sociology
6(3)
The Rise of American Sociology
9(1)
Major Sociological Perspectives
10(1)
A Final Note
11(2)
PART I A HANDBOOK OF STYLE FOR SOCIOLOGY 13(92)
Writing as Communication
15(26)
Writing to Learn
15(5)
The Writing Process
20(19)
Levels of Academic Writing
39(2)
Writing Competently
41(23)
Guidelines for the Competent Writer
41(3)
Some Rules of Punctuation and Grammar
44(16)
Spelling
60(4)
Formats
64(18)
General Page Format
65(1)
Title Page
66(1)
Abstract
66(1)
Executive Summary
66(6)
Outline Page
72(1)
Table of Contents
72(3)
List of Tables and Figures
75(1)
Tables
75(2)
Illustrations and Figures
77(1)
Text
78(1)
Headings and Subheadings
79(1)
References
80(1)
Appendixes
80(2)
Citing Sources
82(23)
Preliminary Considerations
82(1)
Citing Sources in ASA Format
83(22)
PART II CONDUCTING RESEARCH IN SOCIOLOGY 105(60)
Organizing the Research Process
107(12)
Gaining Control of the Research Process
107(3)
Effective Research Methods
110(5)
Ethical Use of Source Material
115(4)
Sources of Information
119(27)
Guides to Sociological Literature
120(11)
General Periodicals and Newspapers
131(2)
Academic Journals
133(9)
Researching Books
142(1)
U.S. Government Publications
143(3)
Internet Resources and Distance Learning
146(10)
Internet Resources for Writing Well
146(2)
Sociology Resources on the Internet
148(1)
A Guide to Distance Learning
149(7)
Doing Social Research
156(9)
Thinking Scientifically
156(1)
The Scientific Method
157(6)
Common Quantitative Research Designs
163(2)
PART III HOW TO WRITE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SOCIOLOGY PAPERS 165(62)
Social Issue Papers
167(11)
Issue Reaction Papers
167(7)
Social Issue Analysis Papers
174(4)
Critical Evaluation of Sociological Literature
178(16)
Book Reviews
178(3)
Article Critiques
181(7)
Literature Reviews
188(6)
Quantitative Research Papers
194(17)
Quantitative Research Designs
194(4)
Survey-Based Quantitative Research Papers
198(13)
Qualitative Research Papers
211(16)
What Is Qualitative Research?
211(1)
Comparing Quantitative and Qualitative Research
212(1)
Case Studies as Qualitative Research
212(3)
A Qualitative Case Study Paper
215(12)
Glossary 227(16)
References 243(8)
Index 251

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