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PLS 201: Research Methods. Mr. Aaron King Ms. Sue Cody. Topics for the Sessions. Selecting the right information sources Selecting the right finding aids Accessing resources Doing a better search Citing Sources Specialized Sources in Political Science. Your Current Research Skills?.

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Pls 201 research methods

PLS 201: Research Methods

Mr. Aaron King

Ms. Sue Cody


Topics for the sessions

Topics for the Sessions

  • Selecting the right information sources

  • Selecting the right finding aids

  • Accessing resources

  • Doing a better search

  • Citing Sources

  • Specialized Sources in Political Science


Your current research skills

Your Current Research Skills?

  • How would you rate your current research skills?

    • Strong

    • Satisfactory

    • Needs improvement

    • Poor

  • What causes you the most anxiety/confusion/frustration?


Where to get help

Where to get help

  • Learning Commons Help Desk

    • In person

    • Telephone

    • Email

    • Chat

    • Text

  • By Appointment

  • Contact me directly: [email protected]


What are your favorite finding aids search engines for

What are your favorite finding aids (search engines) for:

  • Background information?

  • News/Opinion sources?

  • Scholarly Analysis/Theory?

  • Primary Sources?

  • Data?


My favorites for pls

My favorites (for PLS)

  • Background information

    • CQ Electronic Library

    • CQ Political Reference Suite

    • World FactBook

    • Library Catalog

    • WorldCat

  • News/Opinion sources

    • Lexis Nexis Academic (now ProQuest)

    • Points of View Reference Center


My favorites for pls1

My favorites (for PLS)

  • Scholarly Analysis/Theory

    • Academic Search Complete

    • Jstor

    • Public Affairs Information Service

    • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

    • Google Scholar

    • CIAO (International Affairs)

    • Library Catalog

    • WorldCat


My favorites for pls2

My favorites (for PLS)

  • Primary Sources

    • Hein Online

    • Lexis-Nexis Congressional

    • Library Catalog

    • WorldCat

    • FDsys

  • Data

    • ICPSR

    • Statistical Abstract of the United States

    • Polling the Nations


Selecting the right finding aids

Selecting the right finding aids

  • Database Scope

    • Bibliographic or Data?

    • Publication Types and Numbers

    • Subjects

    • Time period (publication or subject)

  • Search Engine / Structure

    • Abstract or Full-text search

    • Special Limit features


Finding articles

Finding Articles

  • Home page Article Search (Integrated search)

    • 10 databases (out of ~150)

  • Databases A-Z

    • Individual databases

    • Details page

  • Databases by Subject

    • Quick Search (Integrated search)

    • Individual databases (Best, More, All)

  • Citation Searching (Bibliographies)


Let s try a search

Let’s try a search

  • Database:

    • Academic Search Complete

  • Research topic:

    • How does party politics cause polarization in the U.S. Congress?

    • Key concepts?

    • Synonyms?


Doing a better search

Doing a better search

  • AND narrows

    • Polarization AND Congress

  • OR adds synonyms/related (OR is More)

    • Political OR Parties OR Party


Doing a better search1

Doing a better search

  • Truncation

    • Typically use *

    • Polari* = polarization, polarity, polarizing

    • Sometimes not a good idea

      • Part* = part, party, parties, participation

      • Party OR parties is better

  • Phrase Searching

    • Political Parties = Political AND Parties

    • “Political Parties” = Political [next to] Parties


Putting it together

Putting it together

Politic* OR Parties OR Party

AND Congress*

AND polari* OR partisan*

One line strategy:

(Politic* OR Parties OR Party) AND Congress* AND (polari* OR partisan*)


Availability of resources

Availability of Resources

  • PDF Full Text, Linked Full Text, HTML Full Text

  • Get it from UNCW

  • “Have a Citation? Looking for a Journal”

  • Library Catalog and WorldCat

  • Interlibrary Loan


Saving sending

Saving/Sending

  • Ebsco:

    • Add to Folder – don’t forget to save/send results

    • PDFs sent as email attachments.

  • ProQuest:

    • Check box to mark for Emailing/Printing/Saving

  • Jstor:

    • Email Citation

    • Save PDF (Flashdrive, Timmy, your computer)


Finding books

Finding Books

  • Library Catalog

    • local & UNCP/FSU

  • WorldCat

    • 9,000 libraries / @1.2 billion items

  • Google Books (@ 12 million / @ 7 million full-text)

  • Project Gutenberg (@ 33,000 books)

  • Some databases lead to books

    • Cited directly

    • Book reviews


Style manual for political science

Style Manual for Political Science

  • American Political Science Association

  • Available online: http://www.ipsonet.org/data/files/APSAStyleManual2006.pdf

  • Different elements for different publication types


Assignments due on wednesday

Assignments – Due on Wednesday

  • Answer questions 1-6

  • Complete Research Strategy Worksheet

    • Topic of your choice

    • Construct strategy

    • Use search strategy in the Library Catalog

      • Identify 2 relevant book or government document sources

    • Identify 3 databases that provide relevant sources

    • Use search strategy in the relevant databases

      • Identify and Cite 2 relevant articles

      • Use APSA Style for citations.


Pls 201 research methods1

PLS 201: Research Methods

Mr. Aaron King

Ms. Sue Cody


Monday s assignment

Monday’s Assignment

  • What was confusing?

  • What did you find most useful?

  • What questions do you have?


Do we have

Do we have?

  • Beckmann, M. N., & McGann, A. J. 2008. “Navigating the Legislative Divide: Polarization, Presidents, and Policymaking in the United States.” Journal of Theoretical Politics, 20: 201-220.

  • Karol, David. 2010. “Party Polarization in Congress.” Perspectives on Politics, 8: 1242-1243.

  • Perry, Glenn E. 2011. “Taking Tea Parties Seriously: Corporate Globalization, Populism, and Resentment.” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 10:11-29.


Do we have1

Do we have?

  • Theriault, Sean M. 2008. Party Polarization in Congress.New York : Cambridge University Press.

  • Forgette, Richard and Marvin King. 2009. “Electoral Cycles in Racial Polarization and the 2006 Senate Elections.” In Beyond the Boundaries: A New Structure of Ambition in African American Politics, ed. Georgia A. Persons. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 111-122.

  • Sinclair, Barbara. 2006. Party Wars : Polarization and the Politics of National Policy Making. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press.


Specialized resources for

Specialized Resources for:

  • Statistics

  • Data

  • Congressional Votes

  • Congressional Documents

  • Country Profiles/International Relations

  • Polling data

  • Statutes

  • Court Opinions

  • See the Research Guide


Statistics

Statistics

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States

    • During the 110th Congress, what was the political party composition of Congress?


Pls 201 research methods

Data

  • ICPSR

    • Find the study on partisanship in the US House of Representatives by David W. Rohde.

    • What data is the study based on?


Congressional votes

Congressional Votes

  • CQ Almanac Online

    • How did North Carolina Representatives vote on passage of HR 5297, a 2010 bill to provide funding to small businesses affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?


Congressional documents

Congressional Documents

  • Hearings

    • Lexis Nexis Congressional

      • Find hearings on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

  • Debate on the Floor

    • HeinOnline

      • How many documents are retrieved on a search of channel dredging in the Debates of Congress for the year 2011?


Country profiles international relations

Country Profiles/International Relations

  • World FactBook

    • What type of government does Egypt have?

    • What does the source say about the current upheaval?

  • CIAO

    • What analysis does this database provide on Egypt in 2012?


Polling data

Polling Data

  • Polling the Nations

    • What opinions can you find about natural gas drilling?

    • How did the people of Ohio feel about it in January 2012?

    • What else did Qunnipiac University ask in that poll?


Statutes

Statutes

  • Lexis Nexis Academic

    • US Legal Search box

      • Federal Statutes, Codes and Regulations

        • How many statutes mention apples?


Supreme court opinions

Supreme Court Opinions

  • Lexis Nexis Academic

    • Find the opinion for the Citizens United case, decided by the US Supreme Court on January 21, 2010.

    • Who delivered the opinion for the court?


Evaluating resources

Evaluating Resources

  • Authority

  • Scope

  • Current? Does it matter?

  • Audience

  • Purpose

    • Inform, Persuade, Entertain, etc.?

  • Accuracy

  • Usability

  • Evaluating News Magazines


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