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Sociological Writing

A Selected List


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Style Guide, 3rd edition.
American Sociological Association Style Guide cover image By American Sociological Association.
Washington, DC: American Sociological Association, ©2007.
"Reorganized and expanded, the third edition of the ASA Style Guide is the first update since 1997. It has expanded guidelines to bring greater clarity and emphasis to issues from previous editions, including new sections on guidelines for preparing manuscripts, guidelines for electronic sources, foreign language and legal usages, conventions internal to the ASA, and a checklist for submission of manuscripts to ASA journals. The ASA Style Guide aims to establish uniformity and consistency in style among ASA publications, to provide an authoritative reference source on style issues for authors who are writing for ASA journals, and to summarize basic issues on effective writing for authors in general." (publisher's description)
UT Arlington - Central Library (Call Nos. A-L 4th Floor; P-Z 5th Floor)
- - HM 569 .A54 2007

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Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article, 2nd edition.
Writing for Social Scientists cover image By Howard S. Becker with a chapter by Pamela Richards.
Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
"Students and researchers all write under pressure, and those pressures--most lamentably, the desire to impress your audience rather than to communicate with them--often lead to pretentious prose, academic posturing, and, not infrequently, writer's block.
Sociologist Howard S. Becker has written the classic book on how to conquer these pressures and simply write. First published nearly twenty years ago, Writing for Social Scientists has become a lifesaver for writers in all fields, from beginning students to published authors. Becker's message is clear: in order to learn how to write, take a deep breath and then begin writing. Revise. Repeat.
It is not always an easy process, as Becker wryly relates. Decades of teaching, researching, and writing have given him plenty of material, and Becker neatly exposes the foibles of academia and its 'publish or perish' atmosphere. Wordiness, the passive voice, inserting a 'the way in which' when a simple 'how' will do--all these mechanisms are a part of the social structure of academic writing. By shrugging off such impediments--or at the very least, putting them aside for a few hours--we can reform our work habits and start writing lucidly without worrying about grades, peer approval, or the 'literature.'
In this new edition, Becker takes account of major changes in the computer tools available to writers today, and also substantially expands his analysis of how academic institutions create problems for them. As competition in academia grows increasingly heated, Writing for Social Scientists will provide solace to a new generation of frazzled, would-be writers." (publisher's description)
UT Arlington - Central Library (Call Nos. A-L 4th Floor; P-Z 5th Floor)
- - H 61.8 .B43 2007

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The Craft of Research, 3rd edition.
The Craft of Research cover image By Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams.
Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, ©2008.
"With more than 200,000 copies in print, The Craft of Research is the unrivaled resource for researchers at every level, from first-year undergraduates to research reporters at corporations and government offices.
Now, seasoned researchers and educators Gregory G. Colomb and Joseph M. Williams present an updated third edition of their classic handbook, whose first and second editions were written in collaboration with the late Wayne C. Booth. The Craft of Research explains how to build an argument that motivates readers to accept a claim; how to anticipate the reservations of readers and to respond to them appropriately; and how to create introductions and conclusions that answer that most demanding question, "So what?"
The third edition includes an expanded discussion of the essential early stages of a research task: planning and drafting a paper. The authors have revised and fully updated their section on electronic research, emphasizing the need to distinguish between trustworthy sources (such as those found in libraries) and less reliable sources found with a quick Web search....
Throughout, the authors have preserved the amiable tone, the reliable voice, and the sense of directness that have made this book indispensable for anyone undertaking a research project." (publisher's description)
UT Arlington - Science & Engineering Library: Books
- - Q 180.55 .M4 B66 2008

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On Writing Well.
On Writing Well cover image By Zinsser, William Knowlton.
New York : HarperPerennial, ©2006.
"On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sole, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers." (publisher's description)
UT Arlington - Central Library (Call Nos. A-L 4th Floor; P-Z 5th Floor)
- - PE 1429 .Z5 1994

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