Writing in the Social Sciences: A Guide for Term Papers and Book Reviews

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Overview


Ideal for beginning undergraduate social science students, this concise and accessible guide covers every stage of writing term papers and book reports. Using clear and straightforward language, author and veteran teacher Jake Muller shows students how to format a thesis statement; list arguments; gather evidence to support the arguments; define concepts; organize arguments; and draft conclusions. Muller then explains how to convert these ideas into an outline and a paper. Every stage of the process is broken down into succinct, practical, easy-to-follow steps that are supported by numerous examples, checklists, and outlines. The book features fully up-to-date documentation, including the 2009 APA update. Templates used in the book are also available online.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195430264
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/12/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 757,699
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Preparing for Your Social Science Term Paper and Book Review
Objectives
1. How This Book Will Help You Write a Term Paper or Book Review
2. Some Necessary Knowledge and Skills of Using a Computer
3. Basic Required Knowledge and Skills of Reading and Writing
4. Some Fundamental Expectations about Your New Research-and-Writing Role
5. Specific Requirements to Record for Your Term Paper
Chapter Summary
Checklist for Term Paper Requirements
Chapter 1. Know the Basic Social Science Format and Process
Objectives
1. Know the Basic Social Science Format and Process
2. Know the Argumentative Roots of the Basic Social Science Format and Process
3. Consider Writing One of Three Kinds of Term Papers
4. Use a Standard Social Science Outline for Your Research Priorities and to Write Your Term Paper
5. Visualize the Basic Social Science Research and Writing Process
Chapter Summary
Checklist for Term Paper Research and Writing
Chapter 2. Research to Create an Aim and Arguments
Objectives
1. Start with a Topic, Subject Area, or Question
2. Know How to Create an Aim
3. Research to Create Arguments
4. Develop Your Aim from Your Arguments
Chapter Summary
Checklist for Term Paper Research
Chapter 3. Reference Your Sources - Some Basic APA Styles
Objectives
1. In-text Citations
2. References
Sample References Page
Chapter Summary
Checklist for In-text Citations and References
Chapter 4. Research to Define Concepts in the Aim, Organize Arguments, and Draft a Conclusion
Objectives
1. Define the Concepts in the Aim Sentence
2. Organize the Arguments
3. Draft a Conclusion
Sample Outline
Chapter Summary
Checklist for Term Paper Research
Chapter 5. Writing the First Social Science Term Paper
Objectives
1. Write a Term Paper Draft
2. Revise Draft
3. Format Term Paper
4. Write Abstract (if required)
5. Title Page
6. Final Copy
Chapter Summary
Checklist for Writing Term Paper
Chapter 6. Writing the First Social Science Book Review
Objectives
1. Requirements before You Start Your Book Review
2. Book Review Outline
3. Write Your First Social Science Book Review
4. Format the Book Review
5. Title Page (APA style)
6. Final Copy
Chapter 7. Suggestions for Writing an Article Critique
Chapter Summary
Checklist for Writing Book Reviews and Article Critiques
Appendix A: Basic Required Knowledge and Skills of Reading and Writing: Answers to Questions
Appendix B: Grammar Appendix
Appendix C: The First Social Science Outline
Appendix D: The Second Social Science Outline
References
Index

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