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POLS 339: American Politics & Policy in Polarized Times (BMC)

POLS 339: American Politics & Policy in Polarized Times; Prof. Marissa Golden; Fall 2018

Review Your Tripod & Library Research Skills

General research advice

1. Start with review articles like those found in Annual Reviews and Oxford Bibliographies, which can help you get a sense of the state of knowledge on your topic.

2. Make the most of the library's databases. The library subscribes to many subject-specific databases that will restrict your search to only political science, or other social science sources.  See the scholarly journal article tab for links to these.

3. Exploit good bibliographies.  If there's a great book or article related to your topic, check out what that author cited. If you find a source that is highly relevant to your topic, search for it in Google Scholar and use the "Cited By" link to find out who has cited it since it was published. Literature reviews and bibliographies from recent dissertations can also point you to seminal books and articles on your topic.

4. Don't wait until the last minute.  Start to develop your topic/bibliography now so that you have time to request any materials you might need from E-ZBorrow/Interlibrary Loan.

5. Make a research appointment with the Political Science Librarian for one-on-one help.

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