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.

From Research Topic to Research Question

The world is a systematic place. It's full of patterns that make sense, patterns that we can discover and explain and use to predict things. Most of us accept this statement as a matter of course in the natural world. If we put a frying pan on a gas stove and light the burner, heat will transfer from the burner's flame to the pan, in proportion to the size of and duration of exposure to the heat source, and then into any food we've placed in the pan. This happens on any day of the week, at any time of the day or year, under any weather circumstances, and for any person who performs this task. We can ...

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