The Sociology Student Writer's Manual

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-08
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The most comprehensive book available that deals "specifically" with writing sociology papers, this updated reference/manual helps both beginning and advanced sociologists learn how to research and write in sociology, and how to improve their writing ability in general. Teaches the basic skills of writing-formatting, source citations, grammar, sentence structure, research, and utilizing available sources-in sociology. For practicing sociologists and those in training.

Table of Contents

To the Student
To the Instructor
Introduction: Welcome to the Study of Sociologyp. 1
What Is Sociology?p. 1
Different Kinds of Sociologyp. 2
Some Fundamental Ideas of Sociologyp. 3
A Brief History of Sociologyp. 5
The Rise of American Sociologyp. 8
Major Sociological Perspectivesp. 9
A Final Notep. 10
A Handbook of Style for Sociologyp. 11
Writing as Communicationp. 12
Writing to Learnp. 12
The Writing Processp. 16
Levels of Academic Writingp. 36
Writing Competentlyp. 38
Guidelines for the Competent Writerp. 38
Some Rules of Punctuation and Grammarp. 41
Spellingp. 56
Formatsp. 60
General Page Formatp. 61
Title Pagep. 61
Abstractp. 62
Executive Summaryp. 62
Outline Pagep. 68
Table of Contentsp. 68
List of Tables and Figuresp. 68
Tablesp. 72
Illustrations and Figuresp. 73
Textp. 74
Headings and Subheadingsp. 74
Referencesp. 75
Appendixesp. 75
Citing Sourcesp. 77
Preliminary Considerationsp. 77
Citing Sources in ASA Formatp. 78
Conducting Research in Sociologyp. 101
Organizing the Research Processp. 102
Gaining Control of the Research Processp. 102
Effective Research Methodsp. 104
Avoiding Plagiarismp. 110
Sources of Informationp. 113
Guides to Sociological Literaturep. 114
General Periodicals and Newspapersp. 124
Academic Journalsp. 126
Researching Booksp. 127
U.S. Government Publicationsp. 128
Internet Resources and Distance Learningp. 131
Internet Resources for Writing Wellp. 131
Sociology Resources on the Internetp. 131
The Library of Congress and Thomasp. 132
A Guide to Distance Learningp. 133
Doing Social Researchp. 135
Thinking Scientificallyp. 135
The Scientific Methodp. 136
Common Quantitative Research Designsp. 141
How to write Different Types of Sociology Papersp. 143
Social Issue Papersp. 144
Issue Reaction Papersp. 144
Social Issue Analysis Papersp. 151
Critical Evaluation of Sociological Literaturep. 169
Book Reviewsp. 169
Article Critiquesp. 172
Literature Reviewsp. 179
Annotated Bibliographyp. 185
Quantitative Research Papersp. 192
Quantitative Research Designsp. 192
Survey-Based Quantitative Research Papersp. 196
Qualitative Research Papersp. 225
What Is Qualitative Research?p. 225
Comparing Quantitative and Qualitative Researchp. 226
Case Studies as Qualitative Researchp. 226
A Qualitative Case Study Paperp. 229
Glossaryp. 239
Referencesp. 251
Indexp. 256
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