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Senior Seminar in Political Science (POLS 4000 Budd): Researching Political Science

This guide was designed to provide resources in the field of Political Science for students in POLS 4000 as you work on your researching and writing your research paper.

Resource Search Box

Located on the Library's homepage, the Resource Search is a discovery tool that lets you search the Library's catalog, research databases, e-journals, and e-books simultaneously. Try the same search terms suggested below and use the "Refine Your Search" options in the left column to narrow your search.

Find Books

In the Library catalog, books dealing with political science and specifically democracy can be found by searching the terms:

  • Democratic government
  • Democracy or democracies
  • Elections - combine with another term such as presidential elections, democratic elections, Iranian elections
  • government - use in combination with a specific country
  • political parties
  • politics - use in combination with a specific country
  • public administration
  • voter behavior

Finding an Article with a Citation

Very often you will have a citation in hand - either from your professor, or from the bibliography of a book or another article. The easiest way to find the article in question is to use the library's Journal Locator.

Journal Locator

When you enter the name of the journal in which the article appeared, Journal Locator will search all of the library's databases as well as the print collection (located on the 2nd floor), and link you to the content for which you are searching, if it is available.

Citing Your Sources

Your professor has specified that your sources should be cited in the Chicago/Turabian style. Here are a couple of handy guides to help you with this:


Create an account for free, and RefWorks will format your citations in MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, and many other formats.


Get Started with Reference Sources

Need a topic, but don't know where to start?  Need some background information to help you build better searches?  Start with some of these reference sources to browse and learn basic information about your topic. 

Online: Forget Wikipedia or random Google searches!  These sites are just as easy to search, but provide you with academic sources that you can include on your bibliography!

Print:  Need something a bit more specific to a certain era or movement?  We've got great reference books here in the library.  Here's a small example of what we've got.  Ask a librarian for help identifying a source that will apply to your area of research. 

Find Scholarly Articles & Government Publications

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