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PIT POST 70 - Research Methods in Political Studies- Professors Van Sickle Ward Spring 2021

Course Guide

Getting started


For general library information:

Introduction to Library Resources

If you are new to conducting research:
Consider reviewing the Starting Your Research Tutorial to learn the phases and processes of doing research


Start your Political Science research with these key resources:

Your Assignment

Welcome! This guide is designed specifically to support you in doing background research for your POST Research Methods class.

The central assignment of this course is a research prospectus – a detailed proposal for an original research project.  Three interim papers have been assigned to aid in completing the prospectus. One of the ways prepare this proposal is to explore empirical articles and compile a literature review.

This library session is to introduce you to library resources in general, as well as more specifically for your research proposal.

Use the menu to the left to find a list of recommended places to start your research and tips and tricks to access and choose your sources. 

Examples of sources you might use include:

Background sources for information on theories;

Books and scholarly articles for secondary sources and empirical articles;

Primary sources (first-hand accounts, data, etc.) for additional information.

See the menu on your left for additional guidance on finding these sources.

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