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PLSI 1342: International Politics: Getting Started

This guide is intended to help get you started finding sources for your policy papers and presentations. (updated for Aloisi, Fall 2017)

Recommended Databases and Websites

For this assignment, you need to find and skillfully use at least FIVE sources, including scholarly information (e.g., journal articles, books) as well as news and policy information (e.g., newspaper articles, government documents). I would highly recommend exploring beyond the first results in Academic Search Complete--try these other databases too! It might be hard to find CURRENT scholarly materials to support your policy recommendations, so you will definitely need a combination of scholarly and non-scholarly (i.e., news) sources.

You can always ask me if you're having a hard time finding the sources you need for your papers and presentations. Feel free to contact me for help.

Finding Books

Go to the Library's catalog to search for books. Books and book chapters will often provide wonderful background information on which to base your policy suggestions. Remember that many scholarly books you'll find will be edited volumes of essays/chapters on various related topics. Don't be afraid of books!

If you have questions about locating the book on the shelf, you can always ask at the Help Desk or the Circulation Desk. We're happy to help you!

Oh, hello there! I'm your librarian. Contact me.

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