Welcome to the library lab page for POL 200: Analyzing Politics! Materials in the guide will help you complete research for your POL 200 work; we will use the guide often to help us explore the library & scholarly research during lab sessions. The guide also contains additional materials that we might not cover in class, but which will help you conduct all of your research in POL 200.
You can always get help with your research through the library. Here are online and in person options:
If you are new to the library or need a refresher, consult our Library FAQs and 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! And since everyone can use a refresher on how to find books in the library, we have a guide for that, too.
Think of me as your librarian for the entire semester, not just the hours we spend together in the library. I am familiar with your assignments & with research strategies for political science. Please contact me with any question. And don't feel like you need a well-thought out question, either. Sometimes it can be incredibly helpful just to talk through your topic with an information professional like me. I can help you clarify your thoughts and research approach.
The lab component will give you deep grounding in the information resources and research techniques used by students in political science.
The lab will help you not only with the research tasks in this class but in other political sciences classes you will take. You will find yourself using many lab skills while conducting research for other courses outside of political science as well.
Throughout the semester, we will explore the idea of research as conversation. Research is not a matter of finding a certain number of sources to plug into a paper. Research is about identifying, accessing, and exploring the conversation occurring around any given topic.
Information is meant to be used and the more you know about how it is produced, found and used, the more efficient and effective you will be as a researcher, whether in this class or others.
At the end of the semester, you will be able to: