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Making Sense in the Social Sciences

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

Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

Series : Making Sense

Part of the bestselling Making Sense series, this seventh 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 : Suitable as a supplement for any college or university undergraduate course in social science that has a writing component.

A Note to the Students
1. Writing and Thinking
2. Designing a Project
3. Theorizing about a Project
4. Using Quantitative Data
5. Using Qualitative Data
6. Exercising Judgement and Good Ethics
7. Arguing and Writing with Style
8. Planning and Organizing an Essay or Report
9. Writing an Essay, Proposal, 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
List of Other Titles in Series

Kobo E-book: 9780199026715

Margot Northey is a specialist in communications and the former dean of the School of Business at Queen's University. With the original Making Sense volume now in its eighth edition and seven specialized adaptations currently published, Northey's series of Making Sense texts has experienced tremendous success in the Canadian undergraduate market.

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

Patrizia Albanese is a professor of sociology at Ryerson University.

Making Sense in Education - Margot Northey, Kristen Ferguson and Jon G. Bradley
The Concise Canadian Writer's Handbook - The late William E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, The late Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes
Making Sense in Engineering and the Technical Sciences - Margot Northey and Judi Jewinski
Making Sense in the Life Sciences - Margot Northey and Patrick von Aderkas
Making Sense in Religious Studies - Margot Northey, Bradford A. Anderson and Joel N. Lohr
Making Sense in Psychology - Margot Northey and Brian Timney
Making Sense - Margot Northey and Joan McKibbin
Making Sense in Geography and Environmental Sciences - Margot Northey, Dianne Draper and David B. Knight
Research, Write, Create - Twyla Gibson and Mark Lipton
Student's Oxford Canadian Dictionary - Edited by Katherine Barber

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.
  • 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 practical advice 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
  • "A Note to the Student" placed before the preface, outlines the intention of the book and how students can utilize its contents.
  • Up-to-date coverage of technology and technology research includes current criteria for website evaluation and coverage of internet resources, including social media. (Ch. 8)
  • Added discussion of important topics such as Canadian politics (Ch. 2), incentives for research participants (Ch. 6), online and electronic databases (Ch. 8), research proposals (Ch.9), and plagiarism (Ch.10).
  • Up-to-date documentation guidelines including coverage of the 2016 MLA style and APA style.
  • Updated references, research studies, and examples throughout ensure students have the most current resource available.
Student-Friendly Pedagogy
  • Up-to-date documentation guidelines including coverage of the 2016 MLA style and APA style.