APA style is required for course.
You can find a print copy of the APA Style Manual, 6th Edition in the Reference section on the 5th floor or the Learning Resources Division.
For citation assistance accessible online, I recommend OWL at Purdue. They cover all formats and provide examples.
Even if you get your citation from a database, I encourage you to always check it against the print manual or an online guide such as OWL at Purdue.
To help develop a focused research question from a broad topic, students are asked to consider the questions in the quadrant below.
For a PDF of the question quadrant, click here.
Searching for Articles
This is a just a small list of all the databases available from the library for your political science research and assignments.
- ProQuest Research LibraryFrom business and political science to literature and psychology, ProQuest Research Library provides one-stop access to a wide range of popular academic subjects. The database includes more than 4,070 titles—nearly 2,800 in full text—from 1971 forward. It features a highly-respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers.
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context
An online resource covering social issues. Provides reports that can help students come up with topic ideas and critically examine multiple sides of an issue. *Note that the resources contained in this database are not scholarly peer reviewed articles. If scholarly peer reviewed articles are required for your assignment, you can reference this database, but you should not cite sources from it.
Remember that you can narrow your search by date, by source type (e.g. scholarly, periodical), and by additional search terms.
If you cannot access an article you need for your research, contact your librarian.
For our Evaluating Sources activity, we will be using the following two articles:
- Balancing Fraud Prevention and Electoral Participation: Attitudes Toward Voter Identification
- Courts are finally pointing out the racism behind voter ID laws
To evaluate these articles we will use the CRAAP worksheet.