PLS201 - Introduction to Political Science - Prof. Botteron
The focus of these library sessions is to help you to build fundamental skills in political science research. You will be introduced to an array of types of research tools. The following items are a selection of research tools available to you.
1. Subject Encyclopedias
There are two important electronic collections of specialized subject encyclopedias:
Important Individual Titles
2. Article Databases
3. Finding Information from Think Tanks and Other Research Sources
- PAIS International - this core index to political science and public policy information indexes journals as well as books and publications by think tanks, NGOs, and research institutes. It also includes coverage of important U.S. and foreign government publications. Often, you can search the "Source" field with the name of the think tank, i.e. "Heritage Foundation" or "Brookings Institution".
- CQ Researcher - a sophisticated weekly newsmagazine. Each issue focuses on one important issue of current interest. Includes excellent selective recommendations on key documents, reports, articles, and relevant organizations.
Think Tank Directories
Conservative Think Tanks
4. Finding Political Publications and Websites
5. Finding Opinion Polls
6. Finding Statistical Information