- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (August 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0205617360
- ISBN-13: 978-0205617364
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
A complete resource for writing an effective paper, Diane Schmidt's latest edition of "Writing in Political Science" gives students a practical guide for writing and arguing about political events, ideas, passions and agendas. A collection of actual student essays shows you how to write your 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 your writing skills to an internship, civic engagement project, or work-study program
- Manage and preserve achievements for career development
Top customer reviews
Shockingly, the author maintains that research papers should include no direct quotations! While these should not be overused, any paper that is serious about exploring ideas or documenting views must include numerous quotations to be acceptable. For the author's quantitatively-based papers her rule no doubt holds true, but she shouldn't generalize from her narrow experience.
Although the author provides a decent treatment of many issues of argumentation in isolation, when she comments on actual sample papers she displays a much-too-high tolerance of, or lack of recognition of, imprecision in language and sloppiness of argument. In the process, important writing points which should be stressed are missed. And, she sometimes displays a shocking lack of basic knowledge; for example, she claims that it is widely recognized that the Framers of the U.S. Constitution were influenced by John Stuart Mill, when in fact he wasn't even born until well after the Constitution was written!
The efforts to provide guidance in identifying and narrowing research topics are appreciated, but don't go far enough.
The book does do a good job of providing sample citations in various styles (although these are available from many sources), and provides a sample list of grading criteria which can be helpful.
Overall, the usefulness of this book will vary greatly from one case to another; as an overall guide to writing in political science, it is of some help but falls short.