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A Rhetoric for the Social Sciences: A Guide to Academic and Professional Communication

A Rhetoric for the Social Sciences: A Guide to Academic and Professional Communication
Author: Kristine Hansen
ISBN 13: 9780134402727
ISBN 10: 134402723
Edition: 1
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 1997-08-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 492
List Price: $125.40

This book provides social science majors with a systematic way of learning to write in their fields. It is based on the assumption that such writing is not a mechanical process, but a kind of rhetoric social scientists use to persuade each other of the validity of their research. KEY TOPICS: Features comprehensive coverage of research methods, including how to plan and propose original research, how to gather data or evidence from sources and how to document it. It goes beyond the typical survey of library tools and offers a brief chapter on how to use the Internet as a research tool.


Provides clear guidelines for academic and professional communication by describing and illustrating types of writing social science majors will do in college and in their careers. Helps students understand social science research methods as special ways of reinventing the substance for an argument, and illustrates writing from various genres and fields in the social sciences. Coverage includes letters, resumes, proposals, and abstracts, as well as research writing, oral presentations, and document design and graphics. There is much material on research methods, with chapters on library research and writing and using the Internet. Writing examples come with annotations demonstrating how writers have structured their arguments. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.