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Making Sense in the Social Sciences

A Student's Guide to Research and Writing, Sixth Edition

Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

Series : Making Sense

Part of the bestselling Making Sense series, this sixth edition of Making Sense in the Social Sciences is an indispensable guide for students in any area of the discipline. Maintaining the signature straightforward style of the series, this book offers up-to-date, detailed information on proper documentation guidelines, essay and report writing, different methods of qualitative and quantitative research, ethical research, and more.

Readership : Undergraduate students at all levels of study within the social sciences.

1. Writing and Thinking
2. Designing a Project
3. Theorizing about a Project
4. Using Quantitative Data
5. Using Qualitative Data
6. Exercising Judgment and Good Ethics
7. Arguing and Writing with Style
8. Planning and Organizing an Essay or Report
9. Writing an Essay or Exam
10. Documentation
11. Presenting Your Work
12. Common Errors in Grammar and Usage
13. Punctuation
14. Misused Words and Phrases
Glossary I: Social Science
Glossary II: Grammar

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Margot Northey is a specialist in communications and the former dean of the School of Business at Queen's University.

Lorne Tepperman is a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto.

Patrizia Albanese is a professor of sociology at Ryerson University.

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The Canadian Writer's Handbook - The late William E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes

Special Features

  • Written by Canadian academics to provide relevant coverage and examples for students of social science in this country.
  • Part of a bestselling series - with over twenty-five years of proven success, the Making Sense series is known for its clear and concise approach to research and writing in all areas of undergraduate study.
  • Up-to-date documentation guidelines include the latest guidelines for MLA and APA style.
  • Offers step-by-step instructions on each stage in the research and writing process - from planning and organizing to developing a thesis statement and writing an essay - guiding students through the process of preparing well-written academic papers.
  • A focus on research - including in-depth information on how to use quantitative and qualitative data, evaluate Internet sources, and conduct ethical research - gives students the tools they need to seamlessly and effectively integrate their findings into their work.
  • Helps students overcome common pitfalls in grammar, style, punctuation, and usage through a rich variety of examples, while also offering useful tips on time management, avoiding plagiarism, preparing for tests and exams, and presentations and group work.
  • A concise, student-friendly approach allows readers to use this book either as a quick and casual reference or as a text that can easily be read from cover to cover.
  • A checklist for written assignments on the inside front cover offers a brief overview of key points to consider, encouraging students to submit only their most polished work.
  • Symbols for common errors, found on the inside back cover, helps students understand common marking symbols and abbreviations that may appear on their work.
New to this Edition
  • New coverage of key topics, including developments in technology-based research and writing, Systematic Literature Reviews (SLRs), and the nature of knowledge.
  • Summaries at the end of every chapter help students review key concepts.
  • More bulleted and numbered lists throughout help make the content more manageable and easier to reference.
  • Updated references and examples throughout ensure students have the most current resource available.