Use this guide as a starting point for your research. If you have any questions regarding research in the field of political science feel free to contact me. My contact info is located to the right.
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Searching by keyword can be a flexible way to find a large number of results. You can use keyword searching as a way to find targeted results: slang, jargon, and new terms work well in keyword searches.
you are using a term from a pre-defined controlled vocabulary determined by that database. Many databases feature a subject-specific thesaurus of subject terms that relate back to the contents in that database. You will only receive articles that were assigned the subject heading you searched with. For this reason, articles found via subject heading searches can be very reliable. The subject will appear in the record item's subject heading or descriptor field.
Searching by subject can be a very specific way to find targeted results within a specific discipline or research area. This can be very beneficial to your research; however, searching by subject only works if you know which subject terms to search with.
We are here to help you with any aspect of your research. Please take advantage of the library’s resources and don’t hesitate to ask for assistance should you need it.
The following are resources you may find helpful as you complete your writing assignments for this class.