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The Sociology Student's Guide to Writing

The Sociology Student's Guide to Writing

Second Edition

December 2016 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Proud sponsor of the 2019 SAGE Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award—enabling graduate students and early career faculty to attend the annual ASA pre-conference teaching and learning workshop.

The Sociology Student's Guide to Writing
is a brief, economical reference work that gives practical advice about the writing tasks and issues that undergraduate students face in their first sociology courses. Along with more traditional topics, it incorporates valuable information about composing emails, writing for online forums, and using technology for information-gathering and note-taking. Used by itself or in combination with other texts, this book will increase the quality of student writing and enhance their knowledge of how sociologists communicate in writing.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Writing in Sociology
How to Use This Book

The Structure of the Book

Chapter 2: The Bricks and Mortar of Writing
The Structure of Writing

The Voice on the Paper





Writing in Practice

Chapter 3: Writing and the Search for Literature: Proposals, Library Research, and the Preparation of Literature
Selecting a Research Topic

Searching for Literature

Selecting Appropriate Literature

Writing From Sources

Preparing to Write


Writing in Practice

Chapter 4: Writing and the Data Collection Process
Research Ethics

Method Writing




Data Analysis


Writing in Practice

Chapter 5: Writing Papers for Sociology Class: Essays, Capstone Papers, and Literature Reviews
Approaching Writing Assignments

College Papers

Capstone Projects

Additional Manuscript Sections

Review Your Work


Writing in Practice

Chapter 6: Editing and Revising
First Draft

First Revision

Quick Edit

Extensive First Edit

General Revision

Full Document


Detail Work


Writing in Practice

Chapter 7: Writing for the Public
Writing Online



Writing in Practice


Students need help writing. This book helps a lot.

Dr Howard Lune
Sociology, Cuny Hunter College
January 3, 2023

I used the first edition of this book as well. I use it as a companion text for our Writing Intensive Research Methods Course.

Dr Tawnya Adkins Covert
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Western Illinois University
October 1, 2019
Key features
  • Available for FREE when bundled with SAGE sociology texts, or for purchase as a stand-alone title.
  • Covers traditional topics such as academic structure, searching for information, drafting and revising, and working with sources.
  • Addresses a wide range of writing tasks and situations, including literature reviews, analytical essays, argumentative essays, compare and contrast essays, reflection/expository essays, organizing assignments, common college student errors, academic presentations, and research papers.
  • Discusses writing for online forums (email, blogs) and many ways to use technology in the process of information-gathering and writing.
  • Includes career-oriented topics such as preparing a C.V., writing cover letters and letter of intent, and preparing for the GRE.
  • Writing in Practice sections, written by professionals and recent sociology majors, show how principles discussed in the book are applied in real settings. 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Chapter 5

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