9780205617364

Writing in Political Science A Practical Guide

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  • ISBN13:

    9780205617364

  • ISBN10:

    0205617360

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/30/2009
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

This updated easy-to-use guide shows readers how to think, research, and write like a political scientist and includes new coverage of current practices in using electronic databases and Internet sources.Political Inquiry; Critical Thinking About Politics; Choosing a Topic; Research Using the Internet and Traditional Sources; Properties of Essays; Common Problems With Writing; Format for the Manuscript; Comprehension and Synthesis of Class Materials; Managing and Processing Information; Conventional Research Papers; Special Analytical Techniques; Applied Political Science; Organizing and Documenting Research; Organizing and Documenting Career Development.Anyone who need to write about politics as part of their career or education.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Political Inquiryp. 1
Introductionp. 1
The Art of Political Inquiry Definedp. 2
Types of Student Writingp. 3
The Process of Political Inquiryp. 4
Professionalism, Ethical Considerations, and Plagiarismp. 6
Critical Thinking About Politicsp. 15
Critical Thinking: The Cornerstone of Political Inquiryp. 15
Critical Thinking and Reasoningp. 17
Common Problems in Critical Thinkingp. 19
Tips for Critical Thinkingp. 21
Reading Critically to Write Criticallyp. 24
Topic Selectionp. 34
Choosing a Topicp. 34
Tips for Choosing a Topicp. 36
Locating Research Materials Using Indexes, Databases, and the Internetp. 44
Introductionp. 44
Characteristics of Sources Used in Research Papersp. 45
Distinguishing Between Types of Informationp. 46
Retrieval Systems for Locating Sourcesp. 49
Selecting the Right Search Tools for Locating Research Materialsp. 60
Research Strategies for Locating Sources: A Simulationp. 68
Evaluating the Quality and Reliability of Sourcesp. 75
Creating Evidence with Primary and Secondary Datap. 79
Introductionp. 79
Secondary Sources of Quantitative Datap. 80
Creating Primary Datap. 82
A Primer on Qualitative Data Reduction Methodsp. 92
A Primer on Quantitative Data Reduction Methodsp. 99
A Primer on Data Analysisp. 103
Properties of Essays and Research Papersp. 109
Properties of a Good Essay or Research Paperp. 109
Recognizing and Writing a Good Thesis Sentencep. 110
Writing a Thesis Sentence for an Essay or Essay Testp. 110
Writing a Thesis Sentence for a Research Paperp. 112
Formulating a Thesis Sentence for a Research Paperp. 114
Recognizing and Writing a Good Paragraphp. 116
Properties of a Topic Sentencep. 120
Advice for Constructing Paragraphs in the Body of the Paperp. 122
Common Writing Problemsp. 126
Common Stylistic Problemsp. 126
Common Errors: Proofreading the Manuscriptp. 129
How to Use a Writing Centerp. 133
What to Do About Writer's Blockp. 134
Manuscript Format and Referencing Stylesp. 136
Criteria for Grading a Research Paperp. 136
Format and Placement of Items in the Paper or Essayp. 138
Structure for Endnote and Footnote Citationsp. 150
Structure for Parenthetical Author-Date Citations Systemp. 154
Examples of Common Author-Date Citation Styles for Reference Pagep. 159
Format and Examples for Activities to Enhance Comprehension and Synthesis of Class Materialsp. 173
Enhancing Comprehension and Synthesis of Class Materialsp. 173
Writing Analytical Essaysp. 174
Writing Political Editorialsp. 178
Analytical Multiple-Choice Examsp. 181
Essay Examsp. 184
Scholarly Literature Review Presentationsp. 186
Media Applications Illustrating Course Materialsp. 190
Format and Examples of Assignments for Managing and Processing Informationp. 197
Assignments for Managing and Processing Informationp. 197
Annotated Bibliographiesp. 198
Book Reviewsp. 202
Research Proposalsp. 210
Constructing Outlinesp. 214
Standard Research Presentationsp. 219
PowerPoint Presentationsp. 225
Format and Examples of Conventional Research Papersp. 229
Formulas for Organizing Standard Research Papersp. 229
Writing a Literature Reviewp. 230
Writing a Comparative Studyp. 240
Writing an Analysisp. 247
Writing a Position Paperp. 256
Format and Examples of Assignments Requiring Special Techniquesp. 265
Assignments Requiring Special Analytical Techniquesp. 265
Analytical Case Studyp. 267
Problem-Solving Case Studiesp. 276
Analysis of Legislationp. 281
Policy Analysis: Evaluation or Recommendationp. 300
Researching and Writing a Policy Evaluationp. 301
Policy Evaluation Guide and Checkoff Sheetp. 303
Researching and Writing a Policy Recommendationp. 326
Policy Recommendation Guide and Checkoff Sheetp. 328
Writing a Policy Memop. 348
Participant Observation and Internship Reportp. 351
Writing a Grantp. 361
Writing a Project Reportp. 372
Referencesp. 389
Text Acknowledgmentsp. 393
Indexp. 395
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