A Sociology Writer's Guide / Edition 1

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Overview

The Sociology Writer’s Guide is designed to help sociology students at any level complete their writing assignments, and strengthen their research and bibliographic skills.

  • Covers every kind of writing assignment a sociology student is likely to encounter: term papers, research papers, essays, compare/contrast papers, quantitative and qualitative research articles, text analysis papers, book reviews, abstracts, and essay exams.
  • Teaches a practical, step-by-step approach to writing, from selecting a topic to submitting finished work.
  • Uses Tips, Notes, and Reminders to highlight key points.
  • Includes a complete list of examples for handling quotes and paraphrases, and for using citations and references in current sociological documentation style.
  • Features a full discussion of bias-free language that covers race/ethnicity, social class, age, disability, religion, family status, and sexual orientation.
  • The author is a sociology instructor, writer, and editor who has taught a writing for sociology class for over 12 years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205582389
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/8/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

CHAPTER 1: Starting Your Paper

CHAPTER 2: Structure and Style In Writing

CHAPTER 3: Library and Internet Research

CHAPTER 4: Citations and References

CHAPTER 5: Writing a Library Research Paper Or Term Paper

CHAPTER 6: Writing a Quantitative Research Paper

CHAPTER 7: Writing a Qualitative Research Paper

CHAPTER 8: Writing an Abstract

CHAPTER 9: Writing a Compare/Contrast Paper

CHAPTER 10: Writing a Book Review

CHAPTER 11: Writing a Critique Or Text Analysis Paper

CHAPTER 12: Writing an Essay Exam

REFERENCES

INDEX


COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

CHAPTER 1: STARTING YOUR PAPER

What Type of Paper Are You Writing?

Using This Book

Selecting and Narrowing a Topic

Reviewing the Literature

Constructing a Thesis Statement

Outlining

Writing a Draft

Revising the Draft

CHAPTER 2: STRUCTURE AND STYLE IN WRITING

The 10 Revision Cycles

Revision Cycle 1: Content

Revision Cycle 2: Clarity

Revision Cycle 3: Conciseness

Revision Cycle 4: Eliminating Slang, Colloquialisms, Trite Expressions, and Jargon

Revision Cycle 5: Tone

Revision Cycle 6: Bias-Free Language

Revision Cycle 7: Spelling

Revision Cycle 8: Grammar

Revision Cycle 9: Uniformity

Revision Cycle 10: Format

CHAPTER 3: LIBRARY AND INTERNET RESEARCH

Research to Select a Topic

Research to Construct a Tentative Thesis Statement

Research to Collect Evidence in Support of Your Thesis Statement

Tracking Your Progress

Locating Sources of Information

Conducting Effective Research

Using Research Tools: Indices and Abstracts

Pursuing a Search Strategy

Using the Internet for Research

Online Databases and Websites

Evaluating the Advantages and Disadvantages of Various Sources

CHAPTER 4: CITATIONS AND REFERENCES

Doesn’t Every Sentence in My Paper Need a Citation?

ASA Documentation Style for Sociology

Creating a Text Citation

Text Citations in Footnotes and Endnotes

The Format for Quotes in the Text

Text Citations for Quotes

Examples of Text Citations in Quotes

Handling Multiple Citations in a Series

Citing Two or More Works by the Same Author

Citing Two or More Works by the Same Author Published the Same Year

A Citation for a Reprint of a Version Published Earlier

A Citation for a Book Review

A Citation for an Article in a Popular Magazine or Newspaper

A Citation for a Government Document

A Citation for a Report or Newsletter (No Author Named)

A Citation for a Working or Discussion Paper

A Citation for a Dissertation or Thesis

A Citation for a Conference Paper or Presented Paper

A Citation for Forthcoming or Undated Material

A Citation for Machine-Readable Data

A Citation for an Archival Source

A Citation for Interview Data

A Citation for Lecture Notes

A Citation for a Personal Communication

A Citation for a Source with an Anonymous Author

A Citation for a CD-ROM and DVD-ROM

Citations for Electronic Resources (E-Resources)

THE REFERENCE LIST

Preparing the Reference List

A Reference List Entry

Creating an Entry

Reference List Entries

Books

A Dictionary

A Chapter in an Edited Book or Collected Work

Articles

A Government Document

A Report or Newsletter (No Author Named)

A Working or Discussion Paper

A Dissertation or Thesis

A Conference Paper or Presented Paper

Machine-Readable Data Files

Archival Material

An Interview

Lecture Notes

Personal Communication

An Anonymous Source

CD-ROM and DVD-ROM

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES (E-Resources)

A Sample Reference List

CHAPTER 5: WRITING A LIBRARY RESEARCH PAPER OR TERM PAPER

Selecting a Topic

Defining a Sociological Question

Getting Feedback

Planning a Research Strategy

Honoring the Creative Rhythm of Research

Record Keeping

Locating Information

Structuring the Paper as an Essay

The Compare/Contrast Paper

Writing Each Section of the Paper

Creating a Term Paper Title

References

Revising Your Paper

Final Check

CHAPTER 6: WRITING A QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH PAPER

Quantitative Versus Qualitative Papers

“Writing Up” Your Research Study

Structuring the Paper

Developing the Paper

Writing the Quantitative Paper

Writing the Introduction

Writing the Methods Section

Writing the Results Section

Writing the Discussion Section

Writing the Conclusion Section

Writing an Abstract

Creating a Title for a Quantitative Paper

Preparing the Reference List

Adding an Appendix

Headings and Spacing

Revising Your Paper

Final Check

CHAPTER 7: WRITING A QUALITATIVE RESEARCH PAPER

Qualitative Versus Quantitative Research

Qualitative Methods: Observation, Ethnography, and Participant-Observation

Writing Up Your Research Study

Structuring the Paper

Developing the Paper

Handling Your Data

Field Notes

Writing a Short Paper Based on Field Notes from Observation or Participant-Observation

Writing a Full Length Qualitative Paper

Writing the Introduction Section

Writing the Methods Section

Writing the Results Section

Writing the Discussion Section

Writing the Conclusion Section

Writing an Abstract

Creating a Title for the Qualitative Paper

Preparing the Reference List

Adding an Appendix

Headings and Spacing

Revising the Paper

Final Check

CHAPTER 8: WRITING AN ABSTRACT

Constructing an Abstract

Abstracts for Quantitative and Qualitative Papers

CHAPTER 9: WRITING A COMPARE/CONTRAST PAPER

Organizing the Compare/Contrast Paper

Finding Points to Compare or Contrast

Some Guidelines for Compare/Contrast Papers

Writing the Compare/Contrast Paper

Final Check

CHAPTER 10: WRITING A BOOK REVIEW

How to Read and Evaluate a Book Review

Writing a Book Review

Provide a Complete Reference for the Reviewed Work

Text Citations and References in a Book Review

Final Check

CHAPTER 11: WRITING A CRITIQUE OR TEXT ANALYSIS PAPER

Guidelines for Writing a Critique

Writing the Paper

Final Check

CHAPTER 12: WRITING AN ESSAY EXAM

Formulating an Essay Exam Answer

Exams: Take-Home Versus In-Class

Writing an In-Class Essay Exam

Tips for Taking an In-Class Exam

Final Check for a Take-Home Essay Exam

REFERENCES

INDEX

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    Posted February 8, 2009

    Sociology Writer's Guide is a super help!

    The book provides OUTLINES and step-by-step details for every kind of sociology paper you will ever have to write in college or grad school. It provides examples for all possible problems with footnotes, citations and references, and using quotes and paraphrases correctly. <BR/><BR/>Student-friendly, humorous, and easy-to-read!

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