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.
Chapter 1: The Social Science of Learning: How to Social Science Your Way to Success
Chapter 2: Doing Social Science: Theory and Research in the Social Sciences
Chapter 3: The Literature Search: Finding Social Science Research
Chapter 4: APA Style: Citing Social Science Research
Chapter 5: Critical Assessment: Evaluating Social Science Research
Chapter 6: Doing the Right Thing: Ethics and Integrity in the Social Sciences
Chapter 7: Presentations: Talking about Social Science Research
Chapter 8: The Literature Review: Writing about Social Science Research
Chapter 9: The Numbers: Understanding Statistics in the Social Sciences
Chapter 10: “Junk” Science: Distinguishing Science from Pseudoscience
Judy Eaton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Foundations Program Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus.
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.”
—Serge Desmarais, Professor, Department of Psychology, former Associate Vice-President (Academic), University of Guelph
“This guide totally demystifies what it means to be a student, and how to become a scholar. . . . Never have the social sciences been explained with such perfect balance between the “how-to” and the “why”.”
— Dr. John Corr, Professor, Liberal Studies, Mohawk College, formerly Manager, Writing & Study Skills Services, Wilfrid Laurier University
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