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POLI 20 - Comparative Government

Guide to Political Science 20 Research

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Following your professor's assignment, you will research one country and its institutions and processes to gain knowledge of different political systems around the world.

Be sure you understand the requirements of the research project. Read it carefully and ask questions if you need clarification. Contact an LPC Librarian if you need help with using library resources to locate credible resources and how to cite the sources you include in your paper.


The Research Cycle

Explore Your Topic

1. Explore Your Topic

Before you settle on a topic, it's a good idea to do some background research first. The library is a great source for background information!

Search for Sources

3. Search For Sources

After you've refined your topic, it's time to start searching for sources. Do you need books, articles, or something else?

Refine Your Topic

2. Refine Your Topic

Now that you've done some background research, it's time to narrow your topic. Remember: the shorter your final paper, the narrower your topic needs to be.

Evaluate Your Sources

4. Evaluate Your Sources

It's always a good idea to evaluate sources before using them in your assignment. Do you need to have scholarly sources or the most recent research?

Writing Center

5. Write

Pull everything together to share your argument and your evidence. Tie ideas from your sources together with your own thoughts and analysis to make a compelling case.