Research and Writing in International Relations

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2016-09-12
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Research and Writing in International Relations offers the step-by-step guidance and the essential resources needed to compose political science papers that go beyond description and into systematic and sophisticated inquiry. #xA0; This text focuses on areas where students often need help-finding a topic, developing a question, reviewing the literature, designing research, and last, writing the paper. Including current and detailed coverage on how to start research in the discipline#x19;s major subfields, Research and Writing in International Relationsgives students a classroom-tested approach that leads to better research and writing in introductory and advanced courses.

Table of Contents

Brief Contentsp. iii
Prefacep. ix
The Research and Writing Processp. 1
Topic Selection and Question Developmentp. 5
Choosing a Topicp. 6
Writing an Initial Subtopic Questionp. 8
Defining Variablesp. 10
Researching Your Dependent Variable Beyond the Textbookp. 11
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 14
Exercises for Chapter 1p. 14
Scholarly Literature and the Literature Reviewp. 15
Getting Started on Your Literature Reviewp. 16
Scholarly Journalsp. 17
Peer-Reviewed Booksp. 20
Edited Booksp. 20
Electronic Sourcesp. 21
How to Search the Literaturep. 21
Finding Scholarly Journal Articlesp. 21
Searching for Scholarly Booksp. 25
Using a Review of the Literature to Shape Your Projectp. 26
How to Read a Scholarly Journal Articlesp. 28
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 30
Exercises for Chapter 2p. 31
Project Definition and Systematic Investigationp. 32
Project Frameworksp. 33
Choosing Independent Variables and Hypothesesp. 34
Choosing Cases for Researchp. 35
Defining and Operationalizing Your Variablesp. 38
Collecting Evidencep. 40
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 45
Exercises for Chapter 3p. 45
Analysis and Writingp. 46
An Overview of the Writing Processp. 46
Writing Each Section of Your Research Paperp. 49
The Abstractp. 50
The Introductionp. 51
The Literature Reviewp. 52
Organization of the Literature Reviewp. 52
Content of the Literature Reviewp. 53
The Research Design (Methodology)p. 58
Discussion of Casesp. 58
Discussing Hypothesesp. 58
Discussing Measurement and Sources of Data or Informationp. 59
The Case Presentation, Analysis, and Discussion of Findingsp. 61
Analyzing Datap. 62
Discussing Hypothesesp. 64
The Conclusionp. 64
The Bibliography or Reference Listp. 65
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 65
Exercises for Chapter 4p. 65
Project Resourcesp. 67
International Conflict and National Securityp. 68
Types of Conflictp. 69
Levels of Violencep. 71
Types of Interventionp. 73
Actors and Interstate Conflictp. 74
Conflict Resolutionp. 75
Terrorismp. 78
General Data Sources for Choosing Cases and Gathering Evidencep. 79
U.S. Foreign Policyp. 81
Individual Characteristicsp. 82
State-Level Analysesp. 85
Bureaucratic Politicsp. 85
Public Opinionp. 87
Interest Groupsp. 89
Terrorismp. 91
General Data Sources for Choosing Cases and Gathering Evidencep. 92
International Political Economyp. 93
IPE and the Role of International Actorsp. 93
Multinational Corporationsp. 94
The World Trade Organizationp. 95
Political Leadersp. 97
The Role of People in Developmentp. 98
Genderp. 99
Corruptionp. 100
General Data Sources for Choosing Cases and Gathering Evidencep. 101
International Organization and Lawp. 102
Issue Areasp. 102
Environmental Treatiesp. 103
Human Rightsp. 105
War Crimesp. 107
Actorsp. 108
Joining International Governmental Organizationsp. 108
States as UN Membersp. 109
International Courts as an International Actorp. 110
General Data Sources for Choosing Cases and Gathering Evidencep. 112
Globalization/Global Issuesp. 113
Resources on Globalizationp. 113
Movement of Information: International Communication and Mediap. 114
Internet policiesp. 115
Transnational Advocacyp. 116
Movement of Peoplep. 117
Migrationp. 117
Healthp. 118
Effects of Globalizationp. 119
National Identityp. 120
Culture-UNESCO Sitesp. 121
General Data Sources for Choosing Cases and Gathering Evidencep. 122
Writing Resourcesp. 123
Organizing Sources and Notesp. 124
Using Note Cardsp. 125
Using a Written or Electronic Journalp. 127
Using Softwarep. 128
More Suggestions for Keeping Track of Resourcesp. 129
Keeping Track of Print Resourcesp. 129
Keeping Track of Web Resourcesp. 131
Citing Sourcesp. 132
Avoiding Plagiarismp. 132
General Rules for What to Citep. 132
Turabian Stylep. 134
The Basic Citation for a Bookp. 134
Using Parenthetical Citationsp. 134
Using Footnotesp. 135
Hard Casesp. 136
Component Partsp. 136
Secondary Sources of Quotationsp. 136
APA Stylep. 137
Citations for Online Sourcesp. 137
Remember the Basicsp. 138
Following Style Guidelinesp. 140
Academic Writingp. 140
Gender-Neutral Terminologyp. 140
General Rules on Capitalization for Leaders' Titlesp. 141
Parties, the Constitution, and Treatiesp. 142
Proper Nouns and Adjectivesp. 142
Titles of Newspapersp. 143
Foreign Wordsp. 143
Recommended Writing and Style Manualsp. 143
Referencesp. 144
Indexp. 154
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