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What am I Supposed to Do in My Paper?

What am I Supposed to Do in My Paper?

In the last chapter, some of the “big” and “little” errors that students make in their papers were discussed at length. I argued that the two types of error were qualitatively different and ought to be treated differently from one another. One reason why I introduced you to the common errors before I presented an alternative way of writing was that I wanted you to learn what not to do before you attempted to write your own papers. In this chapter, I again want to begin with what not to do in the context of general social science writing before we examine the first step in the ...

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