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The Sociology Student's Guide to Writing

The Sociology Student's Guide to Writing

Second Edition

© 2017 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Sociology Student's Guide to Writing is a brief, economical reference work that gives practical advice about the writing tasks and issues that undergraduate students face in their first sociology courses. Along with more traditional topics, it incorporates valuable information about composing emails, writing for online forums, and using technology for information-gathering and note-taking. Used by itself or in combination with other texts, this book will increase the quality of student writing and enhance their knowledge of how sociologists communicate in writing.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Writing in Sociology
How to Use This Book  
The Structure of the Book  
Chapter 2: The Bricks and Mortar of Writing
The Structure of Writing  
The Voice on the Paper  
Writing in Practice  
Chapter 3: Writing and the Search for Literature: Proposals, Library Research, and the Preparation of Literature
Selecting a Research Topic  
Searching for Literature  
Selecting Appropriate Literature  
Writing From Sources  
Preparing to Write  
Writing in Practice  
Chapter 4: Writing and the Data Collection Process
Research Ethics  
Method Writing  
Data Analysis  
Writing in Practice  
Chapter 5: Writing Papers for Sociology Class: Essays, Capstone Papers, and Literature Reviews
Approaching Writing Assignments  
College Papers  
Capstone Projects  
Additional Manuscript Sections  
Review Your Work  
Writing in Practice  
Chapter 6: Editing and Revising
First Draft  
First Revision  
Quick Edit  
Extensive First Edit  
General Revision  
Full Document  
Detail Work  
Writing in Practice  
Chapter 7: Writing for the Public
Writing Online  
Writing in Practice  
Key features
  • Available for FREE when bundled with SAGE sociology texts, or for purchase as a stand-alone title.
  • Covers traditional topics such as academic structure, searching for information, drafting and revising, and working with sources.
  • Addresses a wide range of writing tasks and situations, including literature reviews, analytical essays, argumentative essays, compare and contrast essays, reflection/expository essays, organizing assignments, common college student errors, academic presentations, and research papers.
  • Discusses writing for online forums (email, blogs) and many ways to use technology in the process of information-gathering and writing.
  • Includes career-oriented topics such as preparing a C.V., writing cover letters and letter of intent, and preparing for the GRE.
  • Writing in Practice sections, written by professionals and recent sociology majors, show how principles discussed in the book are applied in real settings. 

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