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Effective Writing: A Guide for Social Science Students

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This book offers basic guidelines on writing effectively for academic purposes. It reminds students that writing is an integral part of the learning process, and shows them how to write clear sentences, coherent paragraphs, and well-organized papers. It explains in detail matters of style and format, including how to quote, cite, and list reference sources (using both APA and ASA styles), and how to present quantitative and qualitative research results. Students can also learn how to revise, edit, and proofread ...

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Overview

This book offers basic guidelines on writing effectively for academic purposes. It reminds students that writing is an integral part of the learning process, and shows them how to write clear sentences, coherent paragraphs, and well-organized papers. It explains in detail matters of style and format, including how to quote, cite, and list reference sources (using both APA and ASA styles), and how to present quantitative and qualitative research results. Students can also learn how to revise, edit, and proofread to produce a high-quality paper. While this guide is prepared for the use of both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the social sciences, it contains a great deal of useful material that can help students studying other disciplines to write better academic papers.

To make the book more helpful, topics such as subject-verb agreement, the use of articles, verb tenses, and punctuation are included in the appendices. Also included are detailed comments on revision of faulty sentences taken from student writing and an extensive appendix on the use of over 300 selected words and phrases with explanatory notes and example sentences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789629961169
  • Publisher: Chinese University Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/14/2004
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Pedro Pak-tao Ng was a visiting scholar at Clare Hall of the University of Cambridge as a recipient of the Leverhulme Fellowship and for more than thirty years he has been on the faculty of the Department of Sociology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He contributed to the compilation of the first and revised editions of A Glossary of Sociological Terms.

The Chinese University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Credits
Introduction for students
Ch. 1 The importance of writing 1
Ch. 2 Characteristics of academic writing 11
Ch. 3 Writing as a process 23
Ch. 4 Reading and summarizing 37
Ch. 5 Writing effective paragraphs 49
Ch. 6 Writing a well-organized paper 79
Ch. 7 Citing sources in the text 93
Ch. 8 Preparing the list of references 119
Ch. 9 Reporting research findings 151
Ch. 10 Revising, editing, and proofreading 195
App. 1 Subject-verb agreement 209
App. 2 Using the correct word form : verbs, nouns, adjectives 219
App. 3 Uncount nouns, variable nouns, and plural nouns 225
App. 4 Use of articles 231
App. 5 Verb tenses in research papers 241
App. 6 Punctuation 253
App. 7 Writing clear and effective sentences 271
App. 8 Examples of revision of sentences with comments 291
App. 9 Use of selected words and phrases 307
Answers to exercises (appendices 1-5) 433
References 437
Index 441
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