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POL 399: Frontiers of Federalism: Start


Hello! This guide is designed to support your research for your senior seminar projects. Use the resources on the tabs above to explore various ways and places to search. 

  • Don't hesitate to ask if you've got questions! Send me an email - I enjoy helping you solve any research problems you have. We can work via email or set up a virtual or in person time to chat.
  • You can also find library and research help at the library's Information Desk or via Reference Services

If you need a refresher on using the library, consult our Library FAQs and an overview of the Library. We also have a guide on how to do research well - use it to brush up and expand your research skills! You will also find the library guide for POL 200: Analyzing Politics to be helpful, as well as the overall guide for doing research in Political Science.

Federalism Resources

Here are some additional resources related to state and local politics and government in the United States. Browse them to see what might be useful. If you have any resources to add to this page - ones that you've found useful and you think your classmates and future students of this class would appreciate - let me know and I'll add it.

If you're researching state-level policies, here are some relevant sites for the state of Minnesota. If you're working on a different state, search for these same kinds of resources from your state.

Library Guide Overview

Welcome to your library guide for your senior seminar! Refer to it often, as it covers necessary information at different stages of research.

I can't emphasize this enough - please contact me with any questions you have and/or if you simply want to bat around some ideas about your topic and how you'd research it. Email is the easiest way to get in touch with me or you can also make an appointment with me or with any librarian

Here's a quick overview of what information you'll find on this guide:

  • Books: how to search and find books in our library (in case you've forgotten), as well as ways to search for and access books beyond our library. 
  • Articles: recommended article databases. Please search these in addition to searching Google Scholar. :)
  • Thinking About Sources: contains tips on evaluating and working with sources. 
  • Search Tips: various ways to search, including idea mapping and common mistakes to avoid.
  • Research as Conversation: outlines a more sophisticated way to think about research 
  • Bibliographic Trace: a key technique for exploring the research conversation on your topic 
  • Tracking Down Materials: info on ILL and other ways to find hard copies of materials.


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