May 22, 2017
How to Write Analytical Sociology Papers
Analytical sociology papers are written as additional resources for undergrad students who take sociology courses at UW. Often, students face difficulties while working on these documents. In any case you should follow specific assignment instructions and ask your professor or instructor for any clarifications. Here are several tips that will help you manage these tasks.
This is the most important thing you should remember while writing any academic paper. You should always cite every source used. This relates not just direct citations, but data, facts, which are not common known, as well as ideas, which are not your own.
Write a Strong Thesis Statement
You should state the argument clearly in the first few statements of your introductory paragraph. If you are working on theory application paper, it has to describe the theory you are using and the empirical phenomenon to which you are applying this particular theory.
Work Hard on the Introduction and the Conclusion
These parts are the first and last impression that you give to the reader.
In the introduction, it is important to set up an analytical question or problem. Sometimes, this part is called a “roadmap” for the paper. You may like to present a controversial or intriguing statement or citation here to gain the attention of your reader. Ensure this statement is relevant to the thesis.
In the concluding part, you have to restate the argument and the evidence presented in the paper. You should not introduce any new information in this part, but you can address unresolved issues, why the reader should care about what is written in the paper, directions for further research, etc.
When the paper is completed, it is necessary to revisit the concluding and introductory parts and ensure they “match” each other and reflect the argument presented in the body part.
Several More Tips
These are just basic pieces of advice to use while working on an academic paper. However, by using them you will surely avoid most common mistakes that are made by students in analytical sociology papers.