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POLS 3505: Making Democracy Work

Prof. Sheri Berman, Fall 2020

About this guide

""Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective research for Prof. Sheri Berman's course, Making Democracy Work.

This guide highlights key resources for conducting effective information research in political science, including the following: 

  • Reference sources to find background information on your topic
  • Catalogs to search for books in print and online
  • Databases for locating scholarly journal articles, reviews, and policy reports
  • Tips for using resources from recommended policy institutes and think tanks
  • Databases and websites for news sources
  • Reliable sources of data and statistics
  • U.S. government information
  • Resources for citing your sources and writing in political science
  • Opportunities for undergraduate student publishing
  • Tips to to help keep textbook costs down
  • Remote library services during the Covid-19 pandemic

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation

If you need assistance organizing, analyzing, or visualizing data sets, please visit the Empirical Reasoning Center.

Image: Celebrations in Tahrir Square after Omar Suleiman's statement concerning Hosni Mubarak's resignation, by Jonathan Rashad, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Reference sources

Consult scholarly reference sources to get an overview of a topic, an introduction to a theory, definitions to discipline-specific terms, and more.