Writing in Political Science A Practical Guide

ISBN-10: 0205617360
ISBN-13: 9780205617364
Edition: 4th 2010
Authors: Diane E. Schmidt
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Description: This updated easy-to-use guide shows readers how to think, research, and write like a political scientist and includes new coverage of current practices in using electronic databases and Internet sources.Political Inquiry; Critical Thinking About  More...

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Book details

List price: $88.80
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

This updated easy-to-use guide shows readers how to think, research, and write like a political scientist and includes new coverage of current practices in using electronic databases and Internet sources.Political Inquiry; Critical Thinking About Politics; Choosing a Topic; Research Using the Internet and Traditional Sources; Properties of Essays; Common Problems With Writing; Format for the Manuscript; Comprehension and Synthesis of Class Materials; Managing and Processing Information; Conventional Research Papers; Special Analytical Techniques; Applied Political Science; Organizing and Documenting Research; Organizing and Documenting Career Development.Anyone who need to write about politics as part of their career or education.

Preface
Political Inquiry
Introduction
The Art of Political Inquiry Defined
Types of Student Writing
The Process of Political Inquiry
Professionalism, Ethical Considerations, and Plagiarism
Critical Thinking About Politics
Critical Thinking: The Cornerstone of Political Inquiry
Critical Thinking and Reasoning
Common Problems in Critical Thinking
Tips for Critical Thinking
Reading Critically to Write Critically
Topic Selection
Choosing a Topic
Tips for Choosing a Topic
Locating Research Materials Using Indexes, Databases, and the Internet
Introduction
Characteristics of Sources Used in Research Papers
Distinguishing Between Types of Information
Retrieval Systems for Locating Sources
Selecting the Right Search Tools for Locating Research Materials
Research Strategies for Locating Sources: A Simulation
Evaluating the Quality and Reliability of Sources
Creating Evidence with Primary and Secondary Data
Introduction
Secondary Sources of Quantitative Data
Creating Primary Data
A Primer on Qualitative Data Reduction Methods
A Primer on Quantitative Data Reduction Methods
A Primer on Data Analysis
Properties of Essays and Research Papers
Properties of a Good Essay or Research Paper
Recognizing and Writing a Good Thesis Sentence
Writing a Thesis Sentence for an Essay or Essay Test
Writing a Thesis Sentence for a Research Paper
Formulating a Thesis Sentence for a Research Paper
Recognizing and Writing a Good Paragraph
Properties of a Topic Sentence
Advice for Constructing Paragraphs in the Body of the Paper
Common Writing Problems
Common Stylistic Problems
Common Errors: Proofreading the Manuscript
How to Use a Writing Center
What to Do About Writer's Block
Manuscript Format and Referencing Styles
Criteria for Grading a Research Paper
Format and Placement of Items in the Paper or Essay
Structure for Endnote and Footnote Citations
Structure for Parenthetical Author-Date Citations System
Examples of Common Author-Date Citation Styles for Reference Page
Format and Examples for Activities to Enhance Comprehension and Synthesis of Class Materials
Enhancing Comprehension and Synthesis of Class Materials
Writing Analytical Essays
Writing Political Editorials
Analytical Multiple-Choice Exams
Essay Exams
Scholarly Literature Review Presentations
Media Applications Illustrating Course Materials
Format and Examples of Assignments for Managing and Processing Information
Assignments for Managing and Processing Information
Annotated Bibliographies
Book Reviews
Research Proposals
Constructing Outlines
Standard Research Presentations
PowerPoint Presentations
Format and Examples of Conventional Research Papers
Formulas for Organizing Standard Research Papers
Writing a Literature Review
Writing a Comparative Study
Writing an Analysis
Writing a Position Paper
Format and Examples of Assignments Requiring Special Techniques
Assignments Requiring Special Analytical Techniques
Analytical Case Study
Problem-Solving Case Studies
Analysis of Legislation
Policy Analysis: Evaluation or Recommendation
Researching and Writing a Policy Evaluation
Policy Evaluation Guide and Checkoff Sheet
Researching and Writing a Policy Recommendation
Policy Recommendation Guide and Checkoff Sheet
Writing a Policy Memo
Participant Observation and Internship Report
Writing a Grant
Writing a Project Report
References
Text Acknowledgments
Index

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