POLS 331 - Introduction to Research Methods

Subject Guide

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Citation Examples

For more information, consult the

The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (Call number: READY REF Z253 U69).

Style Manual for Political Science, revised edition (Call number: REF JA86.A52 2001)

Databases

Search Tips

It helps to narrow down and make your terms more specific.

For example if your research interest was freedom of speech and campaigns,

  • First search your broader topic with your main keywords- freedom of speech AND campaign
  • The results returned will have your keywords somewhere in the record.
  • Examine other terms to find synonyms that might also work- for example these might work for this example:
    • First Amendment
    • Campaign Finance
    • Campaign Laws
  • With these additional terms, start to narrow down your search in order to get more specific results. For example, the next search could be: first amendment AND campaign finance.

> The result should be more items on your topic, with less searching.

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