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Political Science 301: The Practice of Political Research. Library Presentation by Hua Yi Spring, 2006. Objectives. For your Research Assignment Background information Find books Find articles . Reference Sources . The Oxford companion to politics of the world REF JA61 .O95 2001

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political science 301 the practice of political research

Political Science 301: The Practice of Political Research

Library Presentation by

Hua Yi

Spring, 2006

objectives
Objectives
  • For your Research Assignment
  • Background information
  • Find books
  • Find articles
reference sources
Reference Sources
  • The Oxford companion to politics of the world REF JA61 .O95 2001
  • Encyclopedia of the American religious experience : studies of traditions and movementsREF BL2525 .E53 1988   
  • Current HistoryPeriodical D410 .C82
  • Encyclopedia of sociologyRERHM425 .E5 2000
  • The anti-abortion movement : references and resourcesREF Z7164.B5 B54 1996  
  • Great debates at the United Nations REF KZ4968 .G67 2001  
  • Homosexuality and the law : a dictionaryREF   KF4754.5.A68 S74 2001  
book search databases available
Book search:Databases Available
  • CSUSM Library Catalog(our library)
  • The Circuit(4 academic libraries in San Diego area)
  • Melvyl(UC system)
book search subject searches
Book Search: Subject searches
  • voting+ region/aspectse.g. voting united states/history
  • Public opinion + issues/regione.g. public opinion gun control
  • Capital punishment + region/aspects e.g. capital punishment texas
  • Pro choice/Pro life/abortion + aspects of study      e.g. Pro life movements united states history              Abortion Moral And Ethical Aspects
genre form search
Genre/form Search
  • Genre/form search
    • a type of information + your interest
      • Interviews [limit by subject] + censorship
      • Survey [limit by title] + California
      • Speeches [limit by title] + election

Take a tutorial to learn this tool

book search keyword searches different fields of a record
Book Search:Keyword searches different fields of a record
  • Gun control and (opinion or debat*)
  • (Genocide or massacre) and histor*
  • Will discuss in detail in article search
article search steps
Article Search Steps
  • 1: Write your topic clearly -- define what you are looking for.
  • 2: Break the topic down into concepts and choose the terms to express the concepts.
  • 3: Connect the terms with the operators "and" "or". Use truncation and parenthesis when needed.
  • 4: Select the best database for your topic.
  • 5: Review your results & select the articles for your topic.
  • 6: Get your hand on the article you want
three techniques for effective searches steps 2 and 3
Three techniques for effective searches:steps 2 and 3
  • truncation: i.e. "sex*" will get "sex, sexual, sexism" etc. synonyms: i.e. women, woman, female, girl Boolean operators and parentheses : i.e. (women or female) and  (pictur* or  portrait*) and (mass media not tv)
political science database step 4
ProQuest Newspapers Includes coverage of over 300 major U.S. and international newspapers, such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune

Lexis Nexis Academic provides access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information.

PAIS[SFX Enabled] An important index to political, economic, and social issues in current debate.

Academci Search Elite --[SFX Enabled] interdisciplinary and full-text access.

Sociological Abstracts --[SFX Enabled], comprehensive for sociology and related fields, abstracts.

Political Science Database: Step 4
how to get full text article step 6
How to get full-text article:Step 6
  • If full text – get it
  • If you see , click on it
    • Link to online full-text article
    • Give you location for print journal in our library
    • Give you an interlibrary loan form to fill
example
Example
  • Topic: gender difference in attitudes toward death penalty
  • Concept - 1.  death penalty 2.opinion 3. gender
  • Search Statement - (death penalty or capital punishment)  and ( opinion* or debat* or attitude* ) and (gender or female)
  • Database - PAIS
  • Review results and  select an articleStack, S. (2000) "Support for the Death Penalty: A Gender-Specific Model" , Sex Roles; 43 (3-4):163-179
  • Click  , a link lead you to an online version of the article.
conduct research on the web
Conduct Research on the Web
  • Use Subject Gateway
    • Political Science Resources
    • Yahoo politics by region
  • Follow Professional sites (departments, professors, librarians)
    • CSUSM Library Government Documents
    • Political Science Resources on the Web (University of Michigan)
  • Search Engine (when you have particular names and phrases)
    • Michael Badnarik
  • Some Database
    • PAIS
library guides in political science
To find more political science resources, please go to Library Guides in Political Science

Library Class Guides for political science

Library Subject Guides for political science

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