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The Resource Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article, Howard S. Becker ; with a chapter by Pamela Richards

Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article, Howard S. Becker ; with a chapter by Pamela Richards

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Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article
Title
Writing for social scientists
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how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article
Statement of responsibility
Howard S. Becker ; with a chapter by Pamela Richards
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Language
eng
Summary
Students and researchers all write under pressure, and those pressures -- most lamentably, the desire to impress your audience rather than to communicate with them -- often lead to pretentious prose, academic posturing, and, not infrequently, writer's block. Sociologist Howard S. Becker has written the classic book on how to conquer these pressures and simply write. First published nearly twenty years ago, Writing for Social Scientists has become a lifesaver for writers in all fields, from beginning students to published authors. Becker's message is clear: in order to learn how to write, take a deep breath and then begin writing. Revise. Repeat. It is not always an easy process, as Becker wryly relates. Decades of teaching, researching, and writing have given him plenty of material, and Becker neatly exposes the foibles of academia and its "publish or perish" atmosphere. Wordiness, the passive voice, inserting a "the way in which" when a simple "how" will do -- all these mechanisms are a part of the social structure of academic writing. By shrugging off such impediments -- or at the very least, putting them aside for a few hours -- we can reform our work habits and start writing lucidly without worrying about grades, peer approval, or the "literature." In this new edition, Becker takes account of major changes in the computer tools available to writers today, and also substantially expands his analysis of how academic institutions create problems for them. As competition in academia grows increasingly heated, Writing for Social Scientists will provide solace to a new generation of frazzled, would-be writers. - Publisher
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1928-
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Becker, Howard Saul
Index
index present
LC call number
H61.8
LC item number
.B43 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Richards, Pamela
Series statement
Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing
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  • Social sciences
  • Sociology
  • Academic writing
  • Communication in the social sciences
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Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article, Howard S. Becker ; with a chapter by Pamela Richards
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-192) and index
Contents
Freshman English for graduate students -- Persona and authority -- One right way -- Editing by ear -- Learning to write as a professional -- Risk / by Pamela Richards -- Getting it out the door -- Terrorized by the literature -- Writing with computers -- A final word
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ocn122291423
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
xiv, 197 p.
Isbn
9780226041322
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007012022
System control number
(OCoLC)122291423
Label
Writing for social scientists : how to start and finish your thesis, book, or article, Howard S. Becker ; with a chapter by Pamela Richards
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-192) and index
Contents
Freshman English for graduate students -- Persona and authority -- One right way -- Editing by ear -- Learning to write as a professional -- Risk / by Pamela Richards -- Getting it out the door -- Terrorized by the literature -- Writing with computers -- A final word
Control code
ocn122291423
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
xiv, 197 p.
Isbn
9780226041322
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007012022
System control number
(OCoLC)122291423

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