A Sociology Writer's Guide

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byLinda L. Yellin

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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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    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 ...

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    TheSociology Writer's Guideis designed to help sociology students at any level complete their writing assignments, and strengthen their research and bibliographic skills. 

    Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.95 × 6 × 0.39 inPublished:July 21, 2008Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

    ISBN - 10:0205582389

    ISBN - 13:9780205582389

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    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