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Topics: Research, Academic publishing, Sociology Pages: 104 (37612 words) Published: June 20, 2013
Writing Within Sociology: A Guide for Undergraduates

Department of Sociology Oregon State University

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2. Writing that Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 3. Tips on Writing Theory and Content Papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 4. Overview for Writing a Quantitative Research Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 4.1 Writing Quantitative Research Papers: The Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 4.2 Writing Quantitative Research Papers: The Literature Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 4.3 Writing Quantitative Research Papers: The Methods Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 4.4 Writing Quantitative Research Papers: Presenting Quantitative Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 4.5 Writing Quantitative Research Papers: Discussions and Conclusions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 5. Literature Reviews for Applied Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 6. What’s Really Happening When I Write a Literature Review? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 7. Some Guidelines for Writing Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 8. The Internship Journal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

9. Writing a Case Study: An Exercise from Juvenile Delinquency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 10. Qualitative Writing I: Ethnographic Interviewing and Story-Telling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 11. Qualitative Writing II: Keeping Your Data and Your Writing Organized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 12. Citing Sources: When and How . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 13. Research and Resources: Strategies for Finding & Using Library Resources . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Appendices Appendix A Important Journals by Sociological Subject Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Appendix B Word Use & Misuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

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Acknowledgments
This writing guide is the product of many months of thinking and discussion about the range of skills and techniques that are essential for good writing within sociology. It draws on the expertise of the members of the Department of Sociology at Oregon State University: Rebecca Warner, Chair; Flaxen Conway, Sheila Cordray, Lori Cramer, Mark Edwards, Sally Gallagher, Lloyd Klemke, Charles Langford, Denise Lach, Rich Mitchell, Dwaine Plaza, and Gary Tiedeman. While each of us has contributed his or her insights and tips for writing, this handbook would not have been possible without the creative imagination and persistent efforts of Mark Edwards and Dwaine Plaza. Not only did Mark and Dwaine originate the idea for this handbook, but also they were gently persuasive and persistent in coordinating the participation and contributions of other faculty (something that others have likened to trying to herd cats). We are all very grateful for their efforts, because they have led to a useful reference for our students. And in doing so, have provided the faculty with a valuable opportunity to think and write...
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