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

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9781608719914: Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods, 2nd Edition

Even students capable of writing excellent essays still find their first major political science research paper an intimidating experience. Crafting the right research question, finding good sources, properly summarizing them, operationalizing concepts and designing good tests for their hypotheses, presenting and analyzing quantitative as well as qualitative data are all tough-going without a great deal of guidance and encouragement. This writing guide breaks down the research paper into its constituent parts and shows students what they need to do at each stage to successfully complete components until the paper is finished. Even 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 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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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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"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

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