Compact and inexpensive, Writing Sociology can be assigned even for classes that use only part of the book. Separate chapters for different kinds of writing assignments make it easy to know which to assign. It includes extensive and practical discussion on major phases of research writing -including choosing a meaningful and manageable research question, identifying the relevant literature, and presenting results. And because students often struggle to use sources appropriately, we cover this in detail; topics include how to choose the most useful and appropriate sources,understanding the various ways sources are used in sociology writing, and how to properly cite sources within text and in the reference list. Later chapters provide sophisticated guidance on stylistic and other matters that often frustrate teachers, including use of first-person, organization,writing concisely, and avoiding plagiarism. Because no book can be effective if students don't read it, this book delivers sophisticated writing concepts in a light-hearted style that engages students without being condescending.