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handout providing recommended resources for politics research and search strategy tips

This handout offers an overview of the library’s online research guide for Politics. It lists several databases that will help you get started with your research: Political Science Complete (journal articles), Proquest Congressional (government documents), Access World News (newspaper articles), Scopus (journal articles on many topics), Oxford Bibliographies (recommended reading), Annual Reviews (research synthesis), Europa (country reports), and Statista (statistics on a wide range of topics). All of these databases can be accessed on the library’s Databases A to Z page. The infographic also includes information on how to build your search strategy. Using the AND operator requires both terms (ex. voting AND barriers). The OR operator searches for one or the other terms or both (ex. barriers OR restrictions). NOT excludes a term (ex. NOT Canada). Placing an asterisk at the end of your term includes various word endings (ex. restric*). Placing quotes around your term looks for the exact phrase (ex. “civil rights”). Information about managing your research and creating a list of works cited is also included on the graphic. Find more information about creating a RefWorks account. Carol Spector is the library liaison for the Environmental Management program. She can be contacted by email at, by phone at 415.422.2040, and by appointment.

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