A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-21
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers

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Ideal for instructors and students in a wide range of sociological courses, this guide makes the case that thinking and writing are integrally related and that writing, therefore, exercises the sociological imagination. Written in a clear and conversational style, A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers examines a wide range of writing assignments for sociology courses at all levels of the curriculum. Employing a variety of writing samples as a means to illustrate effective writing, this brief and inexpensive text teaches students how to deftly research and write about sociology.

Table of Contents

To the Instructorp. vii
About the Authorsp. xi
To the Studentp. xiii
Essentialsp. 1
Getting Startedp. 3
What is Sociology?p. 4
Framing a Questionp. 10
Terms and Strategies in Essay and Exam Assignmentsp. 13
Developing an Argument: Logic and Structurep. 16
The Proposalp. 21
A Sample Student Proposalp. 23
The Writing Processp. 30
The Secret to Writing Is Rewritingp. 30
Outliningp. 32
Writing a First Draftp. 35
Revisingp. 37
Writing Stylesp. 40
Working with Sourcesp. 45
Taking Two Kinds of Notesp. 45
Sample Annotated Bibliographyp. 47
Avoiding Plagiarism: When and What to Citep. 48
Identifying Your Borrowed Words or Ideasp. 50
Citations in the Textp. 52
Formatp. 53
Notesp. 55
References and Bibliographiesp. 56
Bibliographic Softwarep. 58
Writing from Various Data Sourcesp. 61
The General Research Paper Based on Library or Internet Datap. 64
Before You Start: Choosing a Topicp. 65
Determining Your First Source(s)p. 66
Advantages and Disadvantages of Library and Internet Sourcesp. 68
Searching Online Information with Boolean Operators and Keywordsp. 70
Using the Library to Review the Sociological Literaturep. 73
Using the Library to Locate Specialized Sociological Referencesp. 74
General Bibliographic Sourcesp. 82
Setting Up a Record-Keeping Systemp. 86
Taking Notesp. 87
A Sample Student Paperp. 91
The Textual Analysis (or Article Critique) Paperp. 118
Asking Questions about the Textp. 119
Compare-Contrast Assignmentsp. 123
How to Read the Textp. 123
Taking Notesp. 126
Organizing Your Paperp. 126
Writing Your Textual Analysisp. 128
A Sample Student Paperp. 128
The Quantitative Research Paperp. 142
Reviewing the Literaturep. 144
Developing a Methods and Analysis Planp. 146
Writing the Other Sections of Your Paperp. 153
Suggested Readingsp. 158
A Sample Student Paperp. 158
The Ethnographic Field Research Paperp. 180
Goals and Methods of Ethnographic Field Researchp. 181
Asking an Appropriate Questionp. 181
Reviewing the Literaturep. 182
Collecting Your Datap. 183
Example of Observational Field Notesp. 187
Example of Interview Notesp. 192
Organizing Your Datap. 192
Writing Your Paperp. 195
Suggested Readingsp. 196
A Sample Student Paperp. 197
Finishing Upp. 215
Polishingp. 215
Editingp. 216
Formattingp. 217
A Final Checklist for Submitting Your Paperp. 219
Thinking Bigp. 220
Referencesp. 223
Indexp. 225
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