Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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268 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
March 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773380919


Academic Literacy in the Social Sciences is a practical introductory guide that supports students through the process of understanding and critically evaluating research in the Social Sciences. This essential text develops and strengthens students’ ability to develop research paper topics, conduct thorough literature searches, critically evaluate research, and effectively summarize and share information. The textbook is broken down into ten chapters, focusing on topics such as theory and research methods in the social sciences, citing APA style, ethics and integrity, and statistics. This is an ideal resource for all students in undergraduate courses based in the social sciences.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: What’s So “Social” about Social Science?

CHAPTER 1: The Social Science of Learning

CHAPTER 2: Theory and Research in the Social Sciences

CHAPTER 3: Finding Social Science Research

CHAPTER 4: Citing Social Science Research: APA style

CHAPTER 5: Evaluating Social Science Research

CHAPTER 6: Ethics and Integrity in the Social Sciences

CHAPTER 7: Talking about Social Science Research

CHAPTER 8: Writing about Social Science Research

CHAPTER 9: “Junk” Science

CHAPTER 10: Statistics: Decoding the numbers

Judy Eaton

Judy Eaton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Foundations Program Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus.

David Morris

David Morris is an Adjunct Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford.


At a time when science and truth are challenged and debated, this book provides a first-rate antidote. This primer equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to assess both academic and popular sources of social science research. With a clear and engaging writing style, the authors provide an excellent introduction to topics that are fundamental to social science. The inclusion of clear learning outcomes and thoughtful exercises help guide students through their learning process.

Instructor Resources

For Academic Literacy in the Social Sciences, instructor supplements include:

  • A test bank of 20-25 questions per chapter

Student Resources

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