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The Sociology Student Writer's Manual

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780131113886

ISBN10:
0131113887
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2004
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

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 how to research and write in sociology, and how to improve their writing ability in general. 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.

Table of Contents

TO THE STUDENT vii
TO THE INSTRUCTOR ix
INTRODUCTION: WELCOME TO THE STUDY OF SOCIOLOGY 1(12)
What Is Sociology?
1(1)
Different Kinds of Sociology
2(1)
Some Fundamental Ideas of Sociology
3(2)
A Brief History of Sociology
5(3)
The Rise of American Sociology
8(1)
Major Sociological Perspectives
9(2)
A Final Note
11(2)
PART I A HANDBOOK OF STYLE FOR SOCIOLOGY 13(88)
CHAPTER 1 WRITING AS COMMUNICATION
15(25)
1.1 Writing to Learn
15(5)
1.2 The Writing Process
20(18)
1.3 Levels of Academic Writing
38(2)
CHAPTER 2 WRITING COMPETENTLY
40(23)
2.1 Guidelines for the Competent Writer
40(3)
2.2 Some Rules of Punctuation and Grammar
43(16)
2.3 Spelling
59(4)
CHAPTER 3 FORMATS
63(17)
3.1 General Page Format
64(1)
3.2 Title Page
64(1)
3.3 Abstract
65(1)
3.4 Executive Summary
65(6)
3.5 Outline Page
71(1)
3.6 Table of Contents
71(1)
3.7 List of Tables and Figures
71(4)
3.8 Tables
75(1)
3.9 Illustrations and Figures
76(1)
3.10 Text
77(1)
3.11 Headings and Subheadings
77(1)
3.12 References
77(1)
3.13 Appendixes
78(2)
CHAPTER 4 CITING SOURCES
80(21)
4.1 Preliminary Considerations
80(1)
4.2 Citing Sources in ASA Format
81(20)
PART II CONDUCTING RESEARCH IN SOCIOLOGY 101(58)
CHAPTER 5 ORGANIZING THE RESEARCH PROCESS
103(12)
5.1 Gaining Control of the Research Process
103(2)
5.2 Effective Research Methods
105(6)
5.3 Ethical Use of Source Material
111(4)
CHAPTER 6 SOURCES OF INFORMATION
115(27)
6.1 Guides to Sociological Literature
116(11)
6.2 General Periodicals and Newspapers
127(2)
6.3 Academic Journals
129(9)
6.4 Researching Books
138(1)
6.5 U.S. Government Publications
139(3)
CHAPTER 7 INTERNET RESOURCES AND DISTANCE LEARNING
142(9)
7.1 Internet Resources for Writing Well
142(1)
7.2 Sociology Resources on the Internet
143(2)
7.3 A Guide to Distance Learning
145(6)
CHAPTER 8 DOING SOCIAL RESEARCH
151(8)
8.1 Thinking Scientifically
151(1)
8.2 The Scientific Method
152(5)
8.3 Common Quantitative Research Designs
157(2)
PART III HOW TO WRITE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SOCIOLOGY PAPERS 159(68)
CHAPTER 9 SOCIAL ISSUE PAPERS
161(11)
9.1 Issue Reaction Papers
161(7)
9.2 Social Issue Analysis Papers
168(4)
CHAPTER 10 CRITICAL EVALUATION OF SOCIOLOGICAL LITERATURE
172(23)
10.1 Book Reviews
172(3)
10.2 Article Critiques
175(7)
10.3 Literature Reviews
182(6)
10.4 Annotated Bibliographies
188(7)
CHAPTER 11 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH PAPERS
195(17)
11.1 Quantitative Research Designs
195(4)
11.2 Survey-Based Quantitative Research Papers
199(13)
CHAPTER 12 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH PAPERS
212(15)
12.1 What Is Qualitative Research?
212(1)
12.2 Comparing Quantitative and Qualitative Research
213(1)
12.3 Case Studies as Qualitative Research
213(3)
12.4 A Qualitative Case Study Paper
216(11)
GLOSSARY 227(16)
REFERENCES 243(8)
INDEX 251


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