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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?
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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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