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Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods, 2nd Edition Paperback – August 25, 2011

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press College; 2nd edition (August 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160871991X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608719914
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Some people believe that excellent writers are born, but Baglione shows how students through discipline and hard work can become outstanding writers. She focuses on the writing process from start to finish: from formulating a research question, writing a literature review, formulating hypotheses, and writing a research design to revising and editing. For each step of the process, Baglione provides real-world examples and a practical checklist. I used the first edition of this book in an upper-level, undergraduate seminar, and my students profited from it enormously. I highly recommend it for both advanced undergraduate and beginning level graduate courses." --Dan Caldwell, Pepperdine University

"Students will use this book, and faculty will be glad they did. Baglione raises the standard for the quality of the research paper, and shows students, step-by-step, how to meet that standard. With this guide, the research paper is not just an effort to fill 20 pages, but rather a true research endeavor, with a hard question, a clear thesis, a research design, a method, and a conclusion." --Paul D Anieri, University of Florida

"Writing a Research Paper in Political Science is an invaluable resource for instructors at all levels. Since it covers all the essential steps of conducting independent research, both undergraduates and graduate students in research seminars can follow its guidelines at every stage. For assignments that provide more structure, chapters on annotated bibliographies and crafting a thesis should be required reading. And the discussion of paraphrasing versus plagiarism applies across the board." --Audie Klotz, University of Syracuse

About the Author

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 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. At Saint Joseph s, Dr. Baglione teaches a course called Introduction to Political Science Research, in which she developed the ideas, advice, and techniques offered in this work.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By showmegrad on December 30, 2013
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good reference guide for beginning college level writing in the humanities, but if you got decent grades in Eng. comp I, you can save your money
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Coons Jr on October 24, 2013
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I used this book when I was doing my undergrad work and it is an excellent reference guide, especially if you do a capstone or senior thesis. It's easy to understand and can provide you a framework to work off of. Needless to say I lent my copy to a friend who didn't return it, so when I decided to go to grad school I immediately purchased another copy. If you have problems with structuring your papers or articles, buy this book it will help you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By agandre on February 5, 2012
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Exactly what I needed for my Government 352 class, Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis. Very useful. Just what I was looking for. Everything I need to know is in the book.
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