The books below focus on writing in the Social Sciences and Psychology. We have many books online and in print that focus on the basics of writing, stylistics, and grammar in English Academic Writing, listed on our Writing & Stylistics Guide.
Call Number: NYU Shanghai Library (China) Main Collection (BF76.7 .M55 2014)
How to read and write literature reviews or meta-analyses. Exemplar journal articles show readers the content prevalent in writing psychological reports. Offers rhetorical options for introductions and key questions to ask of articles while reading for a literature review.
Not quick but concise to read. Text boxes highlight statements to explore in writing. Samples of front matter are in the Appendix. Clear discussion of how to assess and discuss your research in writing. Also covers JARS and MARS for meta-analysis. Highly Recommended.
Call Number: NYU Shanghai Library (China) Main Collection (BF76.7 .B45 2012) and online
Also an ebook.
Simply written and clearly arranged. Includes chapters on assessing books and articles, search strategies with the library, and how to critically read in order to synthesize in reviews and reports.
Doing Your Literature Review by Jill Jesson; Lydia Matheson; Fiona M. LaceyThis highly accessible book guides students through the production of either a traditional or a systematic literature review, clearly explaining the difference between the two types of review, the advantages and disadvantages of both, and the skills needed. It gives practical advice on reading and organizing relevant literature and critically assessing the reviewed field. Contents include using libraries and the internet, note making, presentation, critical analysis, and referencing, plagiarism, and copyright.
Call Number: NYU Shanghai (China) Main Collection (H62 .J46 2011 )
Call Number: NYU Shanghai (China) Main Collection (H61.8 .B55 2013 ); Also available online
Making Sense in the Social Sciences by Margot Northey; Lorne Tepperman; Patrizia AlbanesePart of the bestselling Making Sense series, this sixth edition of Making Sense in the Social Sciences is an indispensable guide for students in any area of the discipline. Maintaining the signature straightforward style of the series, this book offers up-to-date, detailed information onproper documentation guidelines, essay and report writing, different methods of qualitative and quantitative research, ethical research, and more.
Call Number: NYU Shanghai (China) Main Collection (H62 .N736 2015)
A Short Handbook for Writing Essays in the Humanities and Social Sciences by Dan Allosso; Salvatore AllossoA practical, step-by-step guide to writing college essays.Written by a retired teacher of college and high school humanities, whose earlier "Short Handbook" has been in continuous use by a major West Coast university for twenty years, and an award-winning writer/historian currently teaching undergraduates at a major East Coast university. Practical advice on finding a topic, organizing an argument, and writing an effective essay. Includes detailed discussions of how to write clear paragraphs and effective sentences, using dozens of examples from actual student essays.
Publication Date: Great for self-editing or peer-editing in a group. What are the stages of editing? Read this before visiting the ARC. See Chapter 2, 3, & 7 It's very short, ~70pgs
Student's Writing Guide to the Arts and Social Sciences by Gordon TaylorThis book is designed to help students with the problems they face in their academic writing. Beginning with the premise that successful writing in the arts and social sciences depends on the mastery of the subject matter and clarity of thought, the book deals with the tasks that confront students before they put pen to paper and also provides a guide to the structuring and use of language. Using concrete examples from a variety of disciplines, the author demonstrates the best approach to different sorts of work.
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Undergraduate Writing in Psychology by R. Eric LandrumNow updated to reflect the changes made from the 5th to the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual, this book takes undergraduate psychology students step-by-step through the process of writing papers. Sample draft and final papers are included.
Guides & Stylistics for Theses, Publishing, and Professional Writing
Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and more by Matt CarterDesigning Science Presentations guides researchers and graduate students of virtually any discipline in the creation of compelling science communication. Most scientists never receive formal training in the creation, delivery, and evaluation of such material, yet it is essential for publishing in high-quality journals, soliciting funding, attracting lab personnel, and advancing a career. This clear, readable volume fills that gap and provides visually intensive guidance at every step--from the construction of original figures to the presentation and delivery of those figures in papers, slideshows, posters, and websites. It provides pragmatic advice on the preparation and delivery of exceptional scientific presentations; demonstrates hundreds of visually striking presentation techniques, giving readers inspiration for creating their own; and is structured so that readers can easily find answers to particular questions. Clear heading for each section indicates its message, highlighted with graphic illustrations Two summary paragraphs that complement the visual images and clearly discuss the main point Numerous examples of high-quality figures, page layouts, slides, posters, and web pages to help stimulate readers' ideas for their own presentations Numerous "before and after" examples to illustrate the contrast between poor and outstanding presentations
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Doing Your Social Science Dissertation by Judith BurnettDissertations can be the most rewarding, and for some the most stressful, part of any undergraduate degree course, providing the opportunity for students to pursue a chosen subject in some depth, developing their expertise. The dissertation offers many challenges to those seeking to do it well and this guide is the perfect book for those seeking to succeed with their dissertation. Judith Burnett helps students to rise to this challenge, making the most of the opportunities which a dissertation offers and overcoming the obstacles to successful completion. This book takes students through the process of doing a dissertation from turning the raw ideas into a research question, designing the research project, choosing appropriate methods, developing a research proposal, planning and executing the project, working with data, writing up, and preparing the work for presentation. Doing A Dissertation in the Social Sciences is an invaluable guide to avoiding the pitfalls and making the most of the opportunities offered by the dissertation. It ought to be compulsory reading for undergraduate students in any social science discipline. SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!
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Preparing Research Articles by Bruce A. ThyerThe art of writing up a completed research project in a format suitable for submission to a social work journal is an ability separate from one's skills as a research methodologist. It is also an ability that, despite its importance, is often overlooked by research courses and senior-level mentors. This straightforward pocket guide to Preparing Research Articles steps into the void as an insider's guide to getting published. Drawing on nearly 20 years of experience editing a social work research journal, Bruce A. Thyer has crafted a candid companion to the journal publishing process, unraveling the mysteries that students - as well as many established researchers - might otherwise stumble over, and as a result their prospectus for future success improve. Thyer's frank advice on selecting an appropriate journal, handling rejections and revisions, understanding confusing concepts like impact factors and electronic publishing, and avoiding common methodological and formatting pitfalls, constitute a gold mine for the fledging researcher-writer.
Publication Date: 2008
Professional Academic Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences by Susan MacDonaldIn "Professional Academic Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences," Susan Peck MacDonald tackles important and often controversial contemporary questions regarding the rhetoric of inquiry, the social construction of knowledge, and the professionalization of the academy. MacDonald argues that the academy has devoted more effort to analyzing theory and method than to analyzing its own texts. Professional texts need further attention because they not only create but are also shaped by the knowledge that is special to each discipline. Her assumption is that knowledge-making is the distinctive activity of the academy at the professional level; for that reason, it is important to examine differences in the ways the professional texts of subdisciplinary communities focus on and consolidate knowledge within their fields. Throughout the book, MacDonald stresses her conviction that academics need to do a better job of explaining their text-making axioms, clarifying their expectations of students at all levels, and monitoring their own professional practices. MacDonaldOCOs proposals for both textual and sentence-level analysis will help academic professionals better understand how they might improve communication within their professional communities and with their students."
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2010
Publish and Prosper by Nathaniel M. LambertIntended to help readers succeed in academia by increasing their scholarly productivity, this book provides strategies for getting articles published quickly in reputable research journals. Rather than focusing on the basics of writing about results, this unique guidebook provides tips on how to approach research, maintain motivation, maximize productivity, and overcome common pitfalls so as to become productive scholars. The strategies reviewed will help readers successfully navigate through graduate school, get a good job, receive grants and promotions, and make important contributions to their field. Written in a breezy style, this book offers case studies, examples, and personal experiences that illustrate the themes of the chapters. Introductions and summaries and key points help to highlight the most critical concepts reviewed in each chapter. Chapter exercises encourage self-reflection and/or the application of the strategies introduced in that chapter. Self-assessment questions in Appendix A help readers pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses.A tracking chart, referred to throughout, provides an effective way to follow the progress of several manuscripts that are at different stages. An interactive version of the chart is available at www.pepstrategies.comalong with the time diary and the chapter and self assessment exercises. Although a young scholar, Nathaniel Lambert has an impressive track record. He already has over 50 papers published in research journals. This book reviews winning strategies practiced by the author and additional insights based on conversations with top producing scholars. By diligently applying this book's core strategies, you too can publish and prosper! Part 1 describes issues related to prioritizing one's research such as the importance of selecting the right topic and how to use goals and deadlines to enhance motivation. Tips for enhancing efficiency are provided in Part 2 including how to improve writing efficiency, juggle several projects simultaneously, reduce wasting time, and select the best collaborators. Part 3 explores productivity pitfalls and how to avoid them. Tips on how to avoid burnout and distractions and handle rejection are explored. Part 4 provides unique tips to apply at various stages of one's academic career: undergraduate, graduate, and professional. Practical appendices provide an opportunity to determine one's strengths and weaknesses keep track of projects, and expand one's knowledge using the recommended reading list. Intended as a reference for students who are planning to attend graduate school and/or pursue an academic career, this book is ideal for professional development and/or research methods courses taught in the behavioral, social, health, and life sciences and for researchers and professionals looking to increase their publication productivity.
Call Number: NYU Shanghai Main Collection (LB1062.6 .L35 2014 )
Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals by Pat Thomson; Barbara KamlerIt's not easy getting published, but everyone has to do it.Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals presents an insider's perspective on the secret business of academic publishing, making explicit many of the dilemmas and struggles faced by all writers, but rarely discussed. Its unique approach is theorised andpractical. It offers a set of moves for writing a journal article that is structured and doable but also attends to the identity issues that manifest on the page and in the politics of academic life. The book comprehensively assists anyone concerned about getting published; whether they are early in their career or moving from a practice base into higher education, or more experienced but still feeling in need of further information. Avoiding a 'tips and tricks' approach, which tends to oversimplify what is at stake in getting published, the authors emphasise the production, nurture and sustainability of scholarship through writing - a focus on both the scholar and the text or what they call text work/identity work. The chapters are ordered to develop a systematic approach to the process, including such topics as: The writer The reader What's the contribution? Beginning work Refining the argument Engaging with reviewers and editors Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals uses a wide range of multi-disciplinary examples from the writing workshops the authors have run in universities around the world: including the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the United States. This international approach coupled with theoretically grounded strategies to guide the authoring process ensure that people at all stages of their career are addressed. This lively book uses a combination of personal stories, student texts, published journal abstracts and excerpts from interviews with journal editors and publishers. Written in an accessible style, one which does not use the patronising 'you' of advice books, it offers a collegial approach to a task which is difficult for most scholars, regardless of their years of experience. cus on both the scholar and the text or what they call text work/identity work. The chapters are ordered to develop a systematic approach to the process, including such topics as: The writer The reader What's the contribution? Beginning work Refining the argument Engaging with reviewers and editors Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals uses a wide range of multi-disciplinary examples from the writing workshops the authors have run in universities around the world: including the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the United States. This international approach coupled with theoretically grounded strategies to guide the authoring process ensure that people at all stages of their career are addressed. This lively book uses a combination of personal stories, student texts, published journal abstracts and excerpts from interviews with journal editors and publishers. Written in an accessible style, one which does not use the patronising 'you' of advice books, it offers a collegial approach to a task which is difficult for most scholars, regardless of their years of experience. oupled with theoretically grounded strategies to guide the authoring process ensure that people at all stages of their career are addressed. This lively book uses a combination of personal stories, student texts, published journal abstracts and excerpts from interviews with journal editors and publishers. Written in an accessible style, one which does not use the patronising 'you' of advice books, it offers a collegial approach to a task which is difficult for most scholars, regardless of their years of experience.
Call Number: E-book; NYU Shanghai (China), Main Collection (PN147 .T46 2013 )
Writing a Graduate Thesis or Dissertation by Lorrie BlairWriting A Graduate Thesis or Dissertation is a comprehensive guide to the stages of working through the rigors of writing and defending a graduate degree from the initial stages of choosing a thesis topic and supervisor, right through to the defense of the work. Each chapter can be consulted separately, or the whole book read to give a wide-ranging understanding of the issues most pertinent to writing and defending a thesis. This book provides something for everyone involved in that process. Both graduate students and their supervisors will find this a refreshing and thorough collection that addresses the topic across a wide range of disciplines.