A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers / Edition 6

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716776260
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 346,509
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

To the Instructor   vii
About the Authors  xi
To the Student  xiii


1. Getting Started 3
  What is Sociology?  4
  Framing a Question  10
  Terms and Strategies in Essay and Exam Assignments  13
  Developing an Argument: Logic and Structure  16
  The Proposal  21
  A Sample Student Proposal  23

2. The Writing Process  30
The Secret to Writing Is Rewriting  30
  Outlining  32
  Writing a First Draft  35
  Revising  37
  Writing Styles  40

3. Working with Sources  45
Taking Two Kinds of Notes  45
  Sample Annotated Bibliography  47
  Avoiding Plagiarism: When and What to Cite  48
  Identifying Your Borrowed Words or Ideas  50
  Citations in the Text  52
  Format  53
  Notes  55
  References and Bibliographies  56
  Bibliographic Software  58


4. The General Research Paper Based on Library or Internet Data  64
Before You Start: Choosing a Topic  65
  Determining Your First Source(s)  66
  Advantages and Disadvantages of Library and Internet Sources  68
  Searching Online Information with Boolean Operators and Keywords  70
  Using the Library to Review the Sociological Literature  73
  Using the Library to Locate Specialized Sociological References  74
  General Bibliographic Sources  82
  Setting Up a Record-Keeping System  86
  Taking Notes  87
  A Sample Student Paper  91

5. The Textual Analysis (or Article Critique) Paper  118
Asking Questions about the Text  119
  Compare–Contrast Assignments  123
  How to Read the Text  123
  Taking Notes  126
  Organizing Your Paper  126
  Writing Your Textual Analysis  128
  A Sample Student Paper  128

6. The Quantitative Research Paper  142
Reviewing the Literature  144
  Developing a Methods and Analysis Plan  146
  Writing the Other Sections of Your Paper  153
  Suggested Readings  158
  A Sample Student Paper  158

7. The Ethnographic Field Research Paper 180
Goals and Methods of Ethnographic Field Research  181
  Asking an Appropriate Question  181
  Reviewing the Literature  182
  Collecting Your Data  183
  Example of Observational Field Notes  187
  Example of Interview Notes  192
  Organizing Your Data  192
  Writing Your Paper  195
  Suggested Readings  196
  A Sample Student Paper  197

Polishing  215
  Editing  216
  Formatting  217
  A Final Checklist for Submitting Your Paper  219
  Thinking Big  220

   References  223
 Index  225

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