For courses in Political Science, Research Methods, Policy Research Methods, American Government, and Comparative Government. This comprehensive, practical writer's manual-created specifically for political science students-is designed to help students accomplish two goals: 1) improve their writing skills and strategies and 2) learn political science at the same time. It frees instructors from having to teach students how to write the papers most often assigned in political science classes. The manual considers the different types of papers common to political science classes at all levels-exploring the purposes and characteristics of each paper, the steps for writing a successful paper, and typical formats. NEW - Citing Sources chapter updated. Provides students with formats that correspond to the "Style Manual for Political Science."NEW - Research papers and literature reviews updated. Provides students with new sample traditional research papers. Distance learners and non-traditional classrooms information updated. Introduces students to the special challenges and opportunities facing those learning outside traditional classrooms. NEW - Updated Internet resources. Shows students how to find and obtain the best Internet resources for writing for politics, government, and political science. Self-contained convenience. Provides students with everything from grammar and sentence structure to information sources and formatting. Practical reality-based perspective. Provides instructors and students with an extensive array of insights and class-and field-tested strategies, enabling them to apply the methodologies and technology to any topic. Research process in political science-e.g., establishing control over projects, ethical use of source material, and traditional and Internet information sources. Allows students to establish self-confidence throughout the entire research process. Practical writing exercises-Position and reaction papers, article critiques, political and policy analysis papers, administrative case studies, and case briefs. Allows instructors to freely assign exercises in critical thinking evaluation regardless of the level of the course.