Research and Writing Guide for Political Science

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byKristen Williams

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How do we know why the Soviet Union decided to place missiles in Cuba? How do we know why North Korea invaded South Korea? How do we know why the U.S. decided to invade Iraq?We know the answers to these questions because political science scholars did in-depth research and shared their findings. Conducting, presenting, and publishing research are all integral parts of being a political scientist. As students in political science courses, you are exposed to the researchdone by scholars. In turn, your professors would like you to become part of this community of scholars and will assign research papers so that you can demonstrate your knowledge of a specific topic. An indispensable resource, Research and Writing Guide for Political Science provides you with a brief primer on the basic skills required for writing an effective research paper. It covers conducting research (finding, evaluating, and using sources); the various parts of a research paper and howthey should be organized; writing, rewriting, revising, and editing; and citing the research (footnotes, endnotes, bibliographies, reference lists, and different academic citation styles: MLA, APA, and Chicago). A conclusion offers a list of additional resources.

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How do we know why the Soviet Union decided to place missiles in Cuba? How do we know why North Korea invaded South Korea? How do we know why the U.S. decided to invade Iraq?We know the answers to these questions because political science scholars did in-depth research and shared their findings. Conducting, presenting, and publishing r...

Kristen P. Williams is a Professor and Chair of Political Science at Clark University. She teaches courses on international relations, including U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. National Security, Women and War, Peace and War, and World Order and Globalization.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:August 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199890544

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1. IntroductionWhat This Book Does Do and What It Does Not DoWhy Write a Research Paper?Getting Started: I Have to Write a Research Paper...What Do I Do Next?Parts of a Research PaperIntroductionLiterature ReviewResearch DesignEvidence/Analysis: Testing Your HypothesisConclusionBibliography or Works-Cited pageConclusion2. Conducting Research: Finding, Evaluating, and Using SourcesScholarly Sources: What Are They?Primary and Secondary SourcesBooksScholarly journalsFinding Scholarly Journal Articles and Book ReviewsNewspapers and magazinesData and Statistical SourcesInternetLibrary and the librariansTaking Effective NotesConclusion3. Writing, Rewriting, Revising, and EditingWriting: Drafts, Drafts, and More DraftsWriting the PaperThe IntroductionThe Literature ReviewRevisingEditing the PaperThe Nitty-Gritty: Formatting the Paper in Preparation For SubmissionProofreadingGetting Feedback From OthersConclusion4. Citations and BibliographyCiting Direct Quotes, Paraphrase, and IdeasCitation StylesAPA Style and References ListOther things to keep in mind as you cite and write using the APA styleMLA Style and Works-Cited ListOther things to keep in mind when you cite and write using the MLA styleChicago Style: Citations and BibliographyOther things to keep in mind when you cite and write using the Chicago styleConclusion5. Conclusion-Further ReadingsBooks for political science papersGeneral books on research and writing papersBibliography