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

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Writing an introduction, coming up with effective headings and titles, presenting a conclusion, and the important steps of editing and revising are covered with class-tested advice and know-how in this book. In addition to using updated examples of student topics that pull from both American government and international relations, Baglione also includes examples of actual student writing to show readers how someone “just like them” accomplished tasks while writing their papers. Practical summaries, calendars, exercises, and a series of handy checklists make this a must-have supplement for any writing-intensive political science course.
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ISBN-13: 9781483376165
ISBN-10: 1483376168
Pagini: 224
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 15 mm
Greutate: 0.30 kg
Ediția: Third Edition
Editura: SAGE Publications
Colecția CQ Press
Locul publicării: Washington DC, United States


“I love the checklists! I require students to submit every section of their paper drafts with the corresponding checklist attached.”

“Students will be able to use Baglione’s book throughout their career on campus. It is especially helpful for students who are hesitant their about writing a research paper or struggling to find a suitable topic. The book walks through the research process and provides very helpful checklists to ensure students stay on the right track.” 

“One of the greatest difficulties students face when writing research papers is finding a good research question to guide the rest of the writing process. Baglione's text tackles that issue head on and does so quite well.”

“This is a very relatable book. The prose is accessible, there is little jargon, and the use of examples is perfect for an undergraduate audience.”

“Baglione offers an extremely practical and useful text for understanding the content and structure of a thesis-length research paper. For some students, the clear outlining of the sequential steps is most useful, while for others who have the basics down, it offers a broad view of the goals and long-term responsibilities for such a project.”


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
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: 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
Practical Summary
Recipe 4: Model & Hypothesis Section
Chapter 6: Revising and Editing Your Work: The 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 Medical Science Analogy
Writing the Research Design
Finishing Touches on the Research Design
Practical Summary
Recipe 6: Research Design
Chapter 8: Evaluating the Argument: The Analysis and Assessment Section
Qualitative Analysis
Quantitative Analysis
Practical Summary
Recipe 7: Analysis & 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
Are You Done? The Joy (and Continued Responsibilities) of Finalizing Your Draft
Practical Summary
Recipe 8: Conclusion, Introduction, & Title

Notă biografică

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.