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320 pp.
20 figures, 2 tables, 6" x 9"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Making Sense in the Social Sciences

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

Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

This indispensable guide for students in any area of the social sciences - including sociology, anthropology, political science, women's and gender studies, Indigenous studies, and history - offers clear, current information on all aspects of the research process, from research methods and design to presenting findings with clarity and force. No other research and writing guide speaks directly to the needs of students in social science courses. Making Sense in the Social Sciences will increase the skills and confidence of students new to academic writing and improve the quality of the essays they turn in.

Readership : College and university students in first- and second-year social science courses with a research and writing component.

A Note to the Students
1. Writing and Thinking
2. Thinking Critically
3. Careful Note-taking and Reading
4. Reviewing the Literature
5. Designing a Project
6. Theorizing About a Project
7. Using Quantitative Data
9. Using Qualitative Data
9. Exercising Judgment and Good Ethics
10. Arguing and Writing with Style
11. Planning and Organizing an Essay or Report
12. Writing an Essay, Proposal, or Exam
13. Documentation
14. Presenting Your Work
15. Common Errors in Grammar and Use
16. Punctuation
17. Misused Words and Phrases
Glossary I: Social Science
Glossary II: Grammar References

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Margot Northey is a communications specialist and 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 Toronto Metropolitan University.

Social Research Methods - Edward Bell, The late Alan Bryman and Steven Kleinknecht
Real-Life Sociology - Anabel Quan-Haase and Lorne Tepperman
Elements of Sociology - John Steckley
Canadian Criminology - John Winterdyk
Sociology Unlocked - Sara Cumming
Anthropology - Robert H. Lavenda, Emily A. Schultz and Cynthia Zutter

Special Features

  • Current. Updated with the latest APA, MLA, and SSS citation guidelines for documenting sources, as well as advice on using gender-sensitive and diversity-inclusive language.
  • Comprehensive, with a wide breadth of topics. The text covers a lot of ground, from conceptualizing and carrying out a research project to presenting work with clarity and supported by carefully chosen, correctly documented sources.
  • Easy to follow and understand. The text follows a step-by-step approach written in easy-to-understand language.
  • Coverage tailored to the social sciences. Topics are carefully chosen to match the curriculum of the social sciences, with chapter-length discussions of qualitative and quantitative research methods, literature reviews, research design, and research ethics.