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The Political Science Student Writer's Manual

The Political Science Student Writer's Manual

  • Author: Gregory M. Scott,Stephen M. Garrison
  • Publisher: Pearson College Division
  • ISBN: 9780130404473
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 256
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For courses in Political Science, Research Methods, Policy Research Methods, American Government, and Comparative Government. This comprehensive, practical writers manual - created specifically for political science students - is designed to help students accomplish two goals: 1) improve their writing skills and strategies and 2) learn political science at the same time. It frees instructors from having to teach students how to write the papers most often assigned in political science classes. The manual considers the different types of papers common to political science classes at all levels, at the introductory level, and at the advanced level - exploring the purposes and characteristics of each paper, the steps for writing a successful paper, and typical formats.* NEW - Completely updated and revised to reflect changes in the political environment and information technology. * Provides students with the most up-to-date treatment of the subject. * NEW - Distance learners and non-traditional classrooms. * Introduces students to the special challenges and opportunities facing those learning outside traditional classrooms. * NEW - Updated Internet resources. * Shows students how to

The Political Science Student Writer's Manual and Reader's Guide

The Political Science Student Writer's Manual and Reader's Guide

  • Author: Gregory M. Scott,Stephen M. Garrison
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1442267119
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 208
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The Political Science Student Writer's Manual and Reader's Guide is a practical guide to research, reading, and writing in political science. The Political Science Student Writer’s Manual and Reader’s Guide, Eighth Edition, is a set of instructions and exercises that sequentially develop citizenship, academic, and professional skills while providing students with knowledge about a wide range of political and governmental concepts, phenomena, and information sources. It begins by teaching beginning students to engage newspapers and other political media sources critically and analytically. It focuses on the crafts of writing and scholarship by providing the basics of grammar, style, formats and source citation, and then introduces students to a variety of rich information resources including the Congressional Record, Federal Register, and the Library of Congress. Students actively apply their knowledge and skills by corresponding with their representatives and commenting on pending government regulations. Part 1 concludes with campaign management, policy analysis, legislation assessment, and similar exercises that develop student skilled-observation proficiency. Part 2 prepares students to research, read, write, review, and critique political science scholarship. Finally, Part 3 teaches advanced students how to investigate public opinion; analyze domestic and international public policies; author amicus briefs; and participate in the universal community that deliberates the continuing rich tradition of political philosophy.

The Sociology Student Writer's Manual

The Sociology Student Writer's Manual

  • Author: William A. Johnson Jr.,Richard P. Rettig,Greg M Scott,Stephen M. Garrison
  • Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed
  • ISBN: 0205894232
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 264
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This is the eBook of the printed book and may not include any media, website access codes, or print supplements that may come packaged with the bound book. For any introductory or advanced sociology course where students are required to complete a number of research and writing assignments. This comprehensive manual helps students at any level learn how to research and write in sociology, and to improve their writing ability in general.

Communicating With Intelligence

Communicating With Intelligence

Writing and Briefing in the Intelligence and National Security Communities

  • Author: James S. Major
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • ISBN: 1461657628
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 444
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Since September 11, 2001, colleges and universities nationwide have expanded their curricula to include intelligence and national security studies, many offering degrees in the subjects. Curiously, no book exists for classroom use in teaching the important skills needed by these professionals to ensure their products/papers/reports are properly written or briefed. Communicating with Intelligence fills that gap and is aimed primarily at faculty and students pursuing studies in intelligence, national security, homeland security, or homeland defense; but it also has considerable value for working intelligence professionals who simply wish to hone their "rusty" writing or briefing skills. Designed to provide essential information regarding the preparation of written products or intelligence briefings, the book is divided into two parts. Part One, "Writing with Intelligence," contains material on reading intelligence publications and on the basics of writing in the intelligence profession. Part Two, "Briefing with Intelligence," deals with the fundamental principles of an intelligence briefing and includes information on gaining—or regaining—self-confidence behind the podium. Every chapter ends with exercises, many of which can be completed in the classroom to facilitate group activity or by an individual pursuing the study independently. Five appendixes provide additional information for quick reference and an annotated bibliography points toward further sources that can be used.

Making Political Geography

Making Political Geography

  • Author: John Agnew,Luca Muscarà
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • ISBN: 1442212314
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 296
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Dating from its inception in the late nineteenth century, political geography as a field has been heavily influenced by global events of the time. Thus, rather than trying to impose a single “fashionable” theory, leading geographers John Agnew and Luca Muscarà consider the underlying role of changing geopolitical context as their framework for understanding the evolution of the discipline. The authors trace the development of key thinkers and theories during three distinct periods—1875–1945, the Cold War, and the post–Cold War—emphasizing the ongoing struggle between theoretical “monism” and “pluralism,” or one path to knowledge versus many. The world has undergone dramatic shifts since the book’s first publication in 2002, and this thoroughly revised and updated second edition focuses especially on reinterpretations of the post–Cold War period. Agnew and Muscarà explore the renewed questioning of international borders, the emergence of the Middle East and displacement of Europe as the center of global geopolitics, the rise of China and other new powers, the reappearance of environmental issues, and the development of critical geopolitics. With its deeply knowledgeable and balanced history and overview of the field, this concise work will be a valuable and flexible text for all courses in political geography.

Understanding Political Science Research Methods

Understanding Political Science Research Methods

The Challenge of Inference

  • Author: Maryann Barakso,Daniel M. Sabet,Brian Schaffner
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136622381
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 250
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This text starts by explaining the fundamental goal of good political science research—the ability to answer interesting and important questions by generating valid inferences about political phenomena. Before the text even discusses the process of developing a research question, the authors introduce the reader to what it means to make an inference and the different challenges that social scientists face when confronting this task. Only with this ultimate goal in mind will students be able to ask appropriate questions, conduct fruitful literature reviews, select and execute the proper research design, and critically evaluate the work of others. The authors' primary goal is to teach students to critically evaluate their own research designs and others’ and analyze the extent to which they overcome the classic challenges to making inference: internal and external validity concerns, omitted variable bias, endogeneity, measurement, sampling, and case selection errors, and poor research questions or theory. As such, students will not only be better able to conduct political science research, but they will also be more savvy consumers of the constant flow of causal assertions that they confront in scholarship, in the media, and in conversations with others. Three themes run through Barakso, Sabet, and Schaffner’s text: minimizing classic research problems to making valid inferences, effective presentation of research results, and the nonlinear nature of the research process. Throughout their academic years and later in their professional careers, students will need to effectively convey various bits of information. Presentation skills gleaned from this text will benefit students for a lifetime, whether they continue in academia or in a professional career. Several distinctive features make this book noteworthy: A common set of examples threaded throughout the text give students a common ground across chapters and expose them to a broad range of subfields in the discipline. Box features throughout the book illustrate the nonlinear, "non-textbook" reality of research, demonstrate the often false inferences and poor social science in the way the popular press covers politics, and encourage students to think about ethical issues at various stages of the research process.

How Does Social Science Work?

How Does Social Science Work?

Reflections on Practice

  • Author: Paul Diesing
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • ISBN: 0822971534
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 414
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The culmination of a lifetime spent in a variety of fields - sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, and philosophy of science - -How Does Social Science Work? takes an innovative, sometimes iconoclastic look at social scientists at work in many disciplines. It describes how they investigate and the kinds of truth they produce, illuminating the weaknesses and dangers inherent in their research. At once an analysis, a critique, and a synthesis, this major study begins by surveying philosophical approaches to hermeneutics, to examine the question of how social science ought to work. It illustrates many of its arguments with untraditional examples, such as the reception of the work of the political biographer Robert Caro to show the hermeneutical problems of ethnographers. The major part of the book surveys sociological, political, and psychological studies of social science to get a rounded picture of how social science works, Paul Diesling warns that “social science exists between two opposite kinds of degeneration, a value-free professionalism that lives only for publications that show off the latest techniques, and a deep social concern that uses science for propaganda.” He argues for greater self-awareness and humility among social scientists, although he notes that “some social scientists . . . will angrily reject the thought that their personality affects their research in any way.” This profound and sometimes witty book will appeal to students and practitioners in the social sciences who are ready to take a fresh look at their field. An extensive bibliography provides a wealth of references across an array of social science disciplines.

Whose Ideas Matter?

Whose Ideas Matter?

Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism

  • Author: Amitav Acharya
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • ISBN: 0801477085
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 189
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Whose Ideas Matter? is the first book to explore the diffusion of ideas and norms in the international system from the perspective of local actors, with Asian regional institutions as its main focus.

Political Science Research Methods

Political Science Research Methods

  • Author: Janet Buttolph Johnson,H. T. Reynolds,Jason D. Mycoff
  • Publisher: CQ Press
  • ISBN: 1506307841
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 656
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Understand the “how” and the “why” behind research in political science. Step by step, Political Science Research Methods walks students through the logic of research design, carefully explaining how researchers choose which method to employ. The Eighth Edition of this trusted resource offers a greater emphasis on the ways in which particular methods are used by undergraduates, expanded coverage of the role of the Internet in research and analysis, and more international examples. Practice makes perfect. In the new fourth edition of the accompanying workbook, Working with Political Science Research Methods, students are given the perfect opportunity to practice each of the methods presented in the core text. This helpful supplement breaks each aspect of the research process into manageable parts and features new exercises and updated data sets. A solutions manual with answers to the workbook is available to adopters.

Virginia Government

Virginia Government

Institutions and Policy

  • Author: Liliokanaio Peaslee,Nicholas J. Swartz
  • Publisher: CQ Press
  • ISBN: 1483321754
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 224
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Equally at home as a companion to an introductory text or as a stand-alone resource, Virginia Government offers an excellent introduction to the political institutions, actors, and policy processes of the Old Dominion State. Paying special attention to the governing arrangements that make Virginia unique, from statewide city-county separation to a single-term governor to shifting electoral alignments, Peaslee and Swartz strike the perfect balance, combining necessary background and historical analysis with current events and policy issues to make the information relevant and engaging for today’s students. Grounded in the comparative method, the text provides useful comparisons with governing institutions, political processes, and public polices in other states and localities.

The Craft of Political Research

The Craft of Political Research

  • Author: W. Phillips Shively
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1351979426
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 202
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The Craft of Political Research is a non-technical introduction to research design and analysis in political science, emphasizing the choices we make when we design a research project and analyze its results. The book’s approach centers on asking an interesting research question, and then designing inquiry into the question so as to eliminate as many alternative explanations as possible. How do we develop theory, and what constitutes a good research question? How do we develop measures and gather evidence to answer a question? How do we analyze our findings? Students will be introduced to such topics as multidimensional concepts, levels of measurement, validity, reliability, random and non-random measurement error, sampling, case selection, causality, experimental and quasi-experimental design, statistical inference, and regression and correlation analysis. Throughout, the emphasis is on understanding the "back story" of analysis — why do we measure in a particular way, why do we choose one design as against another, why do we conduct our analysis as we do. Emphasizing the internal logic of research methods and the collaborative nature of the research process, the greatest strength of the book is its clarity and the large range of political science examples it provides. It works at a conceptual level, seeking an understanding of the principles that underlie techniques and the reasons that we choose them. New to this edition: Updated and international examples from the US, UK, Latin America and China amongst others, and international organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations. New section, "Reading Political Science" reviews sources of published political research, with some broad principles for how to find good sources, and advises students on what to look for in reading a research report New section, "Gathering Accurate Information" reviews published sources of data, such as UNESCO, and offers advice about how to use such sources. It advises students on how to gather data in personal interviews and it acquaints them with publicly available data sets for secondary analysis. Online material featuring revised learning objectives for each chapter, and a new section offering projects and questions for each chapter.

Observing Ourselves

Observing Ourselves

Essays in Social Research, Second Edition

  • Author: Earl Babbie
  • Publisher: Waveland Press
  • ISBN: 1478628782
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 168
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Is it possible for human beings to study other humans as scientifically as physicists and microbiologists study inorganic matter, cells, and tissue? According to Dr. Babbie, one of the most recognized names in applied sociology, the social scientist must understand more than just the methodology involved in research. Babbie’s conviction that the power of social research lies more in the realm of questions than in the realm of answers prompted him to compose fifteen short essays addressing some of the fundamental philosophical and methodological issues involved in the scientific study of human beings.

A Field Guide for Science Writers

A Field Guide for Science Writers

The Official Guide of the National Association of Science Writers

  • Author: Deborah Blum,Mary Knudson,Robin Marantz Henig
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780198039020
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 336
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This is the official text for the National Association of Science Writers. In the eight years since the publication of the first edition of A Field Guide for Science Writing, much about the world has changed. Some of the leading issues in today's political marketplace - embryonic stem cell research, global warming, health care reform, space exploration, genetic privacy, germ warfare - are informed by scientific ideas. Never has it been more crucial for the lay public to be scientifically literate. That's where science writers come in. And that's why it's time for an update to the Field Guide, already a staple of science writing graduate programs across the country. The academic community has recently recognized how important it is for writers to become more sophisticated, knowledgeable, and skeptical about what they write. More than 50 institutions now offer training in science writing. In addition mid-career fellowships for science writers are growing, giving journalists the chance to return to major universities for specialized training. We applaud these developments, and hope to be part of them with this new edition of the Field Guide. In A Field Guide for Science Writers, 2nd Edition, the editors have assembled contributions from a collections of experienced journalists who are every bit as stellar as the group that contributed to the first edition. In the end, what we have are essays written by the very best in the science writing profession. These wonderful writers have written not only about style, but about content, too. These leaders in the profession describe how they work their way through the information glut to find the gems worth writing about. We also have chapters that provide the tools every good science writer needs: how to use statistics, how to weigh the merits of conflicting studies in scientific literature, how to report about risk. And, ultimately, how to write.

Visualizing Social Science Research

Visualizing Social Science Research

Maps, Methods, & Meaning

  • Author: Johannes Wheeldon,Mauri K. Ahlberg
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 145223955X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 224
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This introductory text presents basic principles of social science research through maps, graphs, and diagrams. The authors show how concept maps and mind maps can be used in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research, using student-friendly examples and classroom-based activities. Integrating theory and practice, chapters show how to use these tools to plan research projects, "see" analysis strategies, and assist in the development and writing of research reports.

The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual

The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual

  • Author: Wm A. Johnson,Richard P. Rettig,Gregory M. Scott,Stephen M. Garrison
  • Publisher: Pearson Higher Ed
  • ISBN: 0133550672
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 288
  • View: 7512
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This is the eBook of the printed book and may not include any media, website access codes, or print supplements that may come packaged with the bound book. This comprehensive book is designed to accompany the primary text in any criminal justice class where writing is emphasized, or can be used as an excellent primary text for a criminal justice course in writing administrative and technical reports. The Criminal Justice Student Writer's Manual, 6e is designed to help students learn how to research and write in criminal justice, and improve their writing ability in general. While helping students with every aspect of the writing process–formatting, source citations, grammar, sentence structure, research, and utilizing available sources–it relieves instructors from the time consuming job of teaching these skills, and allows them to concentrate on the subject matter of the course they are teaching. This book is the most comprehensive book on the market that deals specifically with writing criminal justice papers. It gives specific directions for writing a variety of papers in criminal justice, from introductory to advanced, while also providing instructions on “how to write,” and how to format the paper and cite sources following the American Sociological Association’s and the American Psychological Association’s guidelines. There is really no other book on the market that provides the comprehensive directions to writing papers in criminal justice that are found in The Criminal Justice Student Writer’s Manual.

Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues

Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues

  • Author: Thomas M. Magstadt
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 1305629906
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 608
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UNDERSTANDING POLITICS: IDEAS, INSTITUTIONS, AND ISSUES provides in-depth coverage of contemporary political issues and calls attention to the more enduring underlying questions. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Europe's Classical Balance of Power

Europe's Classical Balance of Power

A Case History of the Theory and Practice of One of the Great Concepts of European Statecraft

  • Author: Edward Vose Gulick
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
  • ISBN: 9780393004137
  • Category: History
  • Page: 336
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What was the origin of the idea of the balance of power? How did European leaders apply its principles in actual practice? Widespread as the term "balance of power" has been, and vital as its principles have been in European statecraft, nevertheless study of its theory and practice has often been neglected by historians. A more complete understanding of the concept is arrived at in Edward Vose Gulick's well-knit examination of the two questions posed above. Throughout the book, the events of history and the diplomatic struggle as played out by statesmen are related to balance-of-power theory as conceived by political scientists. Europe's Classical Balance of Power brings into the spotlight of scholarly attention an idea that has demonstrated great vitality in times gone by, that has worked behind the scenes in the conclaves of power, and that, under another name, has survived to influence twentieth-century diplomacy.

Plaid Avenger's World

Plaid Avenger's World

High School Edition

  • Author: John Boyer
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781465258816
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 638
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Writing in Political Science

Writing in Political Science

A Practical Guide

  • Author: Diane E. Schmidt
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 9780815369219
  • Category:
  • Page: 400
  • View: 1980
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A complete resource for social science writing, Diane Schmidt's latest edition of Writing in Political Science provides students with state of the art tools for writing and arguing about political events, ideas, policies, passions, and agendas. It offers additional formats and guidelines focusing on the growing use of social media and the need for professional communication in blogs, tweets, forums, media sites, lectures on demand, and postings on websites. The additional content is designed to facilitate the use of technology applications including mobile research (especially smart phone technology) and further integrate the processes for producing collaborative writing projects. A collection of actual student essays shows students how to write their way to a better grade. After reading Writing in Political Science students will know how to: Choose and narrow a research topic Formulate a research agenda Quickly locate reputable information online Execute a study and write about your findings Use the vocabulary of political science discourse Follow the criteria used to evaluate student assignments when writing Apply writing skills to an internship, civic engagement project, or work-study program Manage and preserve achievements for career development New to the Fifth Edition Locating Research Materials et al.--Updated links to all sources, expansion of appropriate sources to include mobile sources available through tweets, blogs, forums, and other informal communication, expansion of tools to include database searching, use of smart phone technology, and evaluation of source reliability to include commercial sources, Wikipedia, media sites, social media, and lectures on demand. Creating Evidence--Evaluating data sources on the web including government databases, evaluating data from nonprofits, and special interest/commercial data, and using collaborative forms of data collection. Manuscript Formatting and Reference Styles--Updated examples of citing internet sites, blogs, forums, lectures on demand, and YouTube. Format/Examples et al.---Updated exam writing treatment to include on-line, e-learning, open-book exams, media applications examples using YouTube and on-line media, restored legal briefs treatment, revised proposal examples, revised PowerPoint instructions to include diversity considerations; expanded formula for standard research papers to include wider disciplinary treatment, expanded communication techniques, format and examples of appropriate posting for social media and organizational websites, expanded internship treatment, inclusion of needs assessment format and examples. Career Development--Restoration of 3rd edition chapter and expansion of professional portfolio building including vitae, resume, cover letters, letters of intent, statement of purpose, and skills/competency discussions.

The Politics Companion

The Politics Companion

  • Author: Robert Leach
  • Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
  • ISBN: 1137266317
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 320
  • View: 7229
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An extremely accessible student companion covering all the main aspects of political science from the nature of the disciplines and main components of courses to study skills, key terms and concepts; the main theoretical approaches and key thinkers and research studies. Reflecting the increasing internationalism of courses and study, the book is truly international in scope and will be the ideal complement for students around the world to Palgrave Macmillan's highly successful range of course texts.