Political Science: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources

Political Science: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources

Political Science: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources

Political Science: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources

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When you look back over your schooling prior to entering college, you will probably agree that a great deal of your time was spent memorizing and absorbing information that the teacher and textbook authors collected and organized for you. In college, while you still are required to memorize a large amount of information, there is a new emphasis on learning to find and analyze theories and observations on your own. Success in college (as well as in all post-graduate careers or endeavors) requires the skills necessary to collect and interpret ideas and evidence. A veritable gold mine of information, empirical and analytical, is available in your college library. Once you have learned to efficiently search out and utilize that information, you are well on your way to success in educational as well as vocational pursuits.

WHEN TO USE THE LIBRARY

In your political science course work, you will often be given class assignments that require library research. The need for library research is most obvious with term paper assignments. However, you may have already discovered that many other forms of classwork and homework either require or benefit from searching out information in the library. Day-to-day reading assignments in your textbook or in reserved reading materials can often leave you with questions you want answered. Perhaps, for example, the subject of airline hijacking as a terrorist tactic has come up in your classwork or homework and you want to find out more about specific incidents or countermeasures to prevent future hijackings. Busy faculty are often unavailable to give you such information. The ability to find those answers on your own is often part of the assignment.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE LIBRARY

As you proceed through your undergraduate courses, your library searches will take different forms. With a term paper or other major research project (perhaps one . . .

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