A step-by-step guide to writing empirically-focused research papers. Powner, an expert teacher, offers clear, detailed, and often entertaining instructions for formulating hypothesis, doing pre-research, selecting appropriate research designs, selecting cases, collecting and managing both qualitative and quantitative data, preparing data for analysis, writing up research findings, practicing peer review, and delivering findings in posters and presentations, and preparing work for publication. Each chapter contains interesting and useful examples (both hypothetical and real), exercises to help students apply what they've learned, and pedagogical features to inspire, instructor, and aid further research, including “Peer Pointers” (quotes from former students that illustrate “aha!” moments), “Talking Tips” (fundamental and surprising tip for research), and appendix materials that include formatting guidelines and a list of major data sources for political science. Making the book as turnkey as possible are downloadable student and instructor resources, including lesson plans and activities for instructors, solutions manual to in-text exercises, links to common citation guides, data sources, journals that publish student papers, and conferences where students can share papers and posters.

Posters, Presentations, and Publishing

Congratulations! You've now finished writing your paper. For most researchers, though, this isn't the end of the process—it's only the beginning. A complete finished draft of the paper, like the one you turned (or will turn) in, is the first step in a process of soliciting public feedback from scholarly peers, revision, and ultimately publication in a peer-reviewed journal. While that's probably not your desired endpoint, you should know your options for what to do with an excellent finished paper. This chapter discusses several ways in which you might share your research with your class, your college or university, or the broader public. In particular, you'll learn about successfully creating and delivering posters and scholarly presentations. The chapter then considers ...

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