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POLS 214: Bureaucracy and Democracy (HC)

Political Science 214: Bureaucracy and Democracy (Oberfield) Spring 2022

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Margaret Schaus

Recommended Journals

When checking results in journal indexes, look for these journals that publish high quality theoretical and empirical research.

Organizations in Action

This comic book series (1956-1957) followed the adventures of public defender Richard Manning

as he confronted bad guys and defended the innocent (Source: flickr: Rick Waller).

Journal Indexes

The databases below allow you to search for journal articles by subject.  When you find a title of interest, if the full text is not immediately available (as in JSTOR and Proquest), use the Find It button   to check for Haverford's holdings.

See the Search Tips tab for examples of ways to develop terminology and construct search statements.

Tracking Citations Forward in Time

Usually researchers find more sources by looking at the footnotes in an article or book, but these will always be older than the publication you have in hand.  
Citation indexes like the Web of Science (which includes sections for the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Science) are set up to search for sources cited in the footnotes of journal articles as soon as they become available. 

This allows you to find newer articles which cite the books and articles you already know are key for your topic.  By relying on connections between authors rather than subject words and by moving forward in time, citation searching can open up new avenues of research.

See this tutorial for more information on cited reference searching.