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Political Science Research

Background Information & Keywords

  • Use your class notes, textbook, and the library databases Opposing Viewpoints & CQ Researcher to gather background information on your topic.
  • Identify keywords to focus your search.  Keywords include people, organizations, events, synonyms, and specialized vocabulary.  For example:
    • gerrymandering
    • redistricting
    • majority-minority district
    • census

Revise & Refine your Search

  • Use your keywords to find at least three articles on your topic
  • Re-do your search in Opposing Viewpoints and CQ Researcher.  You can also try U.S. Newsstream and OneSearch.
  • Send yourself at least three articles, including the APA citations

Find Sources

Find Articles on your Research Topic

Political Science Journals

newspapersNews Sources:

  • Intended for a general audience
  • Written by journalists
  • Reviewed by one or more editors for quality and accuracy
  • Provide information on a recent event or topic of interest
  • Provide the perspectives of average people, not experts

IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all news sources are created equal! Some have hidden (or obvious!) motives or political beliefs. Do some background research into who owns the news organization to learn more about it.

Find News Sources:

  • OneSearch search everything in OneSearch and limit to "Newspaper Articles"
  • U.S. Newsstream includes the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many other newspapers 
  • Google News free online newspapers

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Research Centers & Fact-Checking Websites

Polls & Statistics

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  • Public opinion on different issues
  • Demographic data -- age, race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status -- as well as housing, employment, health, and many other topics
  • Includes current and historical data
  • Numbers can be used to tell a story 

Find Polls & Statistics:

Searching the Library Databases