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Sociology Student Writer's Manual, The

Sociology Student Writer's Manual, The

6th Edition

William Johnson, Richard Rettig, Greg Scott, Stephen Garrison

Feb 2010, Paperback, 264 pages
ISBN13: 9780205723454
ISBN10: 0205723454
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For any introductory or advanced sociology course where students are required to complete a number of research and writing assignments.

This comprehensive manual helps students at any level learn how to research and write in sociology, and to improve their writing ability in general.

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction: Welcome to the Study of Sociology

Part I: A Handbook of Style for Sociology

Chapter 1: Writing as Communication

Chapter 2: Writing Competently

Chapter 3: Formats

Chapter 4: Citing Sources

Part II: Conducting Research in Sociology

Chapter 5: Organizing the Research Process

Chapter 6: Sources of Information

Chapter 7: Internet Resources and Distance Learning

Chapter 8: Doing Social Research

Part III: How to Write Different Types of Sociology Papers

Chapter 9: Social Issue Papers

Chapter 10: Critical Evaluation of Sociological Literature

Chapter 11: Quantitative Research Papers

Chapter 12: Qualitative Research Papers

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction: Welcome to the Study of Sociology

What Is Sociology?

Different Kinds of Sociology

Some Fundamental Ideas of Sociology

A Brief History of Sociology

The Rise of American Sociology

Major Sociological Perspectives

A Final Note

PART I: A HANDBOOK OF STYLE FOR SOCIOLOGY

Chapter 1: Writing as Communication

1.1 Writing to Learn

1.2 The Writing Process (New section on Paragraph Development)

1.3 Levels of Academic Writing

Chapter 2: Writing Competently

2.1 Guidelines for the Competent Writer

2.2 Some Rules of Punctuation and Grammar

2.3 Spelling

Chapter 3: Formats

3.1 General Page Format

3.2 Title Page

3.3 Abstract

3.4 Executive Summary

3.5 Outline Page

3.6 Table of Contents

3.7 List of Tables and Figures

3.8 Tables

3.9 Illustrations and Figures

3.10 Text

3.11 Headings and Subheadings

3.12 References

3.13 Appendixes

Chapter 4: Citing Sources

4.1 Preliminary Considerations

4.2 Citing Sources in ASA Format (Updated with new ASA Style Guide)

PART II: CONDUCTING RESEARCH IN SOCIOLOGY

Chapter 5: Organizing the Research Process

5.1 Gaining Control of the Research Process

5.2 Effective Research Methods

5.3 Avoiding Plagiarism (New section with Expanded Description)

Chapter 6: Sources of Information

6.1 Guides to Sociological Literature

6.2 General Periodicals and Newspapers

6.3 Academic Journals

6.4 Researching Books

6.5 U.S. Government Publications

Chapter 7: Internet Resources and Distance Learning

7.1 Internet Resources for Writing Well

7.2 Sociology Resources on the Internet (Updated)

7.3 The Library of Congress and THOMAS (New section)

7.3 A Guide to Distance Learning

Chapter 8: Doing Social Research

8.1 Thinking Scientifically

8.2 The Scientific Method

8.3 Common Quantitative Research Designs

PART III: How to Write Different Types of Sociology Papers

Chapter 9: Social Issue Papers

9.1 Issue Reaction Papers

9.2 Social Issue Analysis Papers

Chapter 10: Critical Evaluation of Sociological Literature

10.1 Book Reviews

10.2 Article Critiques

10.3 Literature Reviews

10.4 Annotated Bibliographies

Chapter 11: Quantitative Research Papers

11.1 Quantitative Research Designs

11.2 Survey-Based Quantitative Research Papers (Expanded Description on the Text section)

11.3 A Survey-Based Quantitative Research Paper (New sample paper)

Chapter 12: Qualitative Research Papers

12.1 What Is Qualitative Research?

12.2 Comparing Quantitative and Qualitative Research

12.3 Case Studies as Qualitative Research

12.4 A Qualitative Case Study Paper

Glossary

References

Index

Serves as a reference handbook

  • Part I covers grammar, punctuation, usage, and formatting conventions.
  • Explains how to cite sources according to American Sociological Association guidelines, and gives examples in ASA format.

Covers research skills.

  • Part II discusses effective and ethical use of research material
  • Guides students through the best sources of print and electronic information

Discusses specific writing assignments and formats.

  • Part III includes separate sections on social issue papers; book and article reviews; literature reviews and annotated bibliographies; quantitative and qualitative research papers.

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