Writing a Research Paper in Political Science - International Student Edition

Writing a Research Paper in Political Science - International Student Edition : A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods

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Practical summaries, recipes for success, worksheets, exercises, and a series of handy checklists make Writing a Research Paper in Political Science a must-have supplement for any writing-intensive political science course.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 22mm | 410g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 1544371721
  • 9781544371726
  • 970,854

Table of contents

CHAPTER 1: So You Have to Write a Research Paper
What Is a Research Paper? A Few Helpful Metaphors
What Research Paper Writing Entails
Blueprint of the Book
CHAPTER 2: Getting Started: Finding a Research Question
Characteristics of a Good Question
Practical Summary
Recipe 1: The Research Question
CHAPTER 3: Learning Proper Citation Forms, Finding the Scholarly Debate, and Summarizing and Classifying Arguments: The Annotated Bibliography
What Are Bibliographies, and Why Do We Bother With Them?
Plagiarism versus Paraphrasing and Avoiding Drop-Ins and Transcripts, Too
Annotating the Bibliography
Identifying the Key Conceptual Issues
Searching for Sources
Identifying Similar Arguments and Grouping Your Sources
One Last Word of Advice: Generic Schools of Thought
Writing the Annotated Bibliography
Practical Summary
Recipe 2: The Annotated Bibliography
CHAPTER 4: Making Sense of the Scholarly Answers to Your Research Question: Writing the Literature Review
Preparing for and Understanding the Literature Review
The Fundamentals of the Literature Review
Writing the Literature Review
Practical Summary
Recipe 3: Literature Review
CHAPTER 5: Effectively Distilling Your Argument: The Thesis, Model and Hypothesis
The Thesis
The Model
The Hypothesis
Applying These Insights
Recipe 4: Model and Hypothesis Section
CHAPTER 6: Revising and Editing Your Work: The Research-Writing-Thinking Spiral
Practical Summary
Recipe 5: Revising and Editing
CHAPTER 7: Making Your Plan and Protecting Yourself from Criticism: The Research Design
Research Design: The Courtroom and Medical Science Analogies
Writing the Research Design Focusing on Hypothesis-Driven Research
The Research Design: Two Examples
Practical Summary
Recipe 6: Research Design
CHAPTER 8: Evaluating the Argument: The Analysis and Assessment Section
Qualitative Analysis
Mixed (Qualitative and Quantitative) Analysis
Quantitative Analysis
Practical Summary
Recipe 7: Analysis and Assessment
CHAPTER 9: Bringing the Paper Together in Three Essential Ways: The Conclusion, Introduction and Title
Considering the Significance and Limitations of Your Findings: The Conclusion
Writing a Good Introduction
A Last Element in Attracting Readers: Developing an Appealing Title
Almost Done: Writing an Abstract and Giving a Presentation
Are You Done? The Joy (and Continued Responsibilities) of Finalizing Your Draft
Practical Summary
Recipe 8: Conclusion, Introduction, and Title
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About Lisa A. Baglione

Lisa A. Baglione is a Professor and the Chair of the Political Science Department at Saint Joseph's University. Her major fields of study are International Relations and Comparative Politics. Dr. Baglione has published works exploring contemporary Russian foreign policy, post-settlement peacebuilding, the arms control decision-making process in the United States, the Soviet Union, and Russia, and the research-paper writing process, and has co-authored articles on the transformation of the Russian polity and economy in the early post-communist period. Currently, she is researching conflict transformation in the twenty-first century and contemporary Russian center-periphery relations. At Saint Joseph's, Dr. Baglione teaches courses in which she developed the ideas, advice, and techniques offered in this work.
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