Ideal for beginning undergraduate social science students, this concise and accessible guide covers every stage of writing term papers and book reports. Using clear and straightforward language, author and veteran teacher Jake Muller shows students how to format a thesis statement; list arguments; gather evidence to support the arguments; define concepts; organize arguments; and draft conclusions. Muller then explains how to convert these ideas into an outline and a paper. Every stage of the process is broken down into succinct, practical, easy-to-follow steps that are supported by numerous examples, checklists, and outlines. The book features fully up-to-date documentation, including the 2009 APA update. Templates used in the book are also available online.