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POL 399: Revolting Children: Start

Getting Started

Welcome to your library course guide! It provides ideas for where and how to search for your topics. In addition to this guide, I recommend consulting the Stay Connected to the Library During the COVID-19 Emergency guide. Also, if you're new to doing academic research - or need a refresher - consult our Quick Answers guide. 

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Library Guide Overview

Welcome to your library guide for POL 399: Revolting Children! Refer to it often, as it covers necessary information at different stages of research.

Because of the pandemic, I advise that you focus on materials you can find through CIAO or other library databases. DO NOT rely on library books. 


  • The Articles tab contains a number of recommended article databases.


  • Search Tips outlines various ways to search, including idea mapping and common mistakes to avoid.


  • Research as Conversation emphasizes that we do research by figuring out what the experts are saying about our topics, and then figuring out how our own research fits into the existing conversation. 


  • Bibliographic Trace is so important that you'll see it highlighted on other pages on this guide, as well as this one. Use this technique! 


  • Tracking Down Materials is your one-stop page for answering any and all of your questions about tracking down hard copies of materials. Now you have no excuse for not finding that perfect article. :)


  • Finally, Project Management offers tools and tips for keep track of sources and citation styles.


Although many of the pages of this guide were brought over from the POL 200: Analyzing Politics library guide, you may also want to refer to that guide as well, depending on your topic. I'll also recommend the overall Political Science library guide, too.


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