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.
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
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.—Serge Desmarais, Professor, Department of Psychology, former Associate Vice-President (Academic), University of Guelph
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