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How to Read Journal Articles in the Social Sciences

2nd Edition

A Very Practical Guide for Students

Phillip Chong Ho Shon
eISBN-13: 9781473933620

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This superb guide teaches you how to read critically.  Its no-nonsense, practical approach uses a specially developed reading code to help you read articles for your research project; this simple code enables you to decipher journal articles structurally, mechanically and grammatically. 


Refreshingly free of jargon and written with you in mind, it’s packed full of interdisciplinary advice that helps you to decode and critique academic writing.  The author’s fuss free approach will improve your performance, boost your confidence and help you to:   

Read and better understand content
Take relevant effective notes
Manage large amounts of information in an easily identifiable and retrievable format
Write persuasively using formal academic language and style.

New to this edition:

Additional examples across a range of subjects, including education, health and sociology as well as criminology
Refined terminology for students in the UK, as well as around the world
More examples dealing specifically with journal articles.

Clear, focused and practical this handy guide is a great resource for helping you sharpen your use of journal articles and improve your academic writing skills.




‘I have used the book over the last five years with my students with great success. The book has helped students to develop their critical thinking, reading and writing skills and when it comes to writing a dissertation they have used the code sheet in their own writing.’ - Pete Allison, Head of the Graduate School of Education, University of Edinburgh




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ISBNs 9781473918795, 9781473918801, 9781473918795, 9781473918801, 9781473918801, 9781473918795, 9781473933620, 9781473933637, 1473933625
Language eng
Number of Pages 144
Edition 2nd