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PSCI 350: Global Governance

PSCI 350: What is the research assignment?

PSCI 350 - What is the research assignment?

This is a 7-page research paper in which you will select an international event (from any time period) and apply only one of the levels (individual, domestic, systemic) of analysis to that event. Your paper must include the following elements:

  • An opening paragraph and a thesis statement. Dr. Bozonelos wants to know what your paper is about from the outset.
  • Although there will obviously be a portion of the paper describing the event, your focus should be on how your chosen level explains that event. Your focus should be on explanation, not history.
  • You do not need to apply every explanation at the level of your choice. For example, if you choose the domestic level, you do not need to discuss each and every explanation including: Regime Types, Political Parties, Interest Groups, Public Opinion, Ideology, etc. Pick one, two or even three that best explain your event and focus on it/them.
  • You must include legitimate resources in this assignment. In addition to consulting newspapers, news magazines, or webpages, you must have at least five scholarly sources which can include journal articles or books. 

  • While there isn’t a prescribed citation format, you must pick one (MLA, APA, etc.) and be consistent

Please remember to always consult Dr. Bozonelos if you have specific questions about the research assignment.

 

 

PSCI 350: Identify and Find Scholarly Articles

GBST 300 - Identifying Scholarly Articles

A scholarly article is how researchers (scholars) communicate the findings and analysis of their research. Scholarly articles:

  • Provide original research and analysis - these articles are based on studies or experiments, or analyze an artifact or event. Every scholarly article presents something new about the world we didn't know before.
  • Are written by scholars - scholars tend to hold PhDs, or other advanced degrees and are professors at universities.
  • Are published in peer-reviewed journals - These are generally accessed via library databases.
  • Might be hard to read - they act as the primary conversation between scholars about a field of study. Since they are written by scholars, for scholars, they contain specialized language that might be hard for the lay person to understand.

Credit: Allison Carr 

Distinguishing scholarly articles from non-scholarly sources (CSU Chico, Meriam Library)

TUTORIAL: How to find scholarly articles in the CSUSM library databases

 

 

 

 

PSCI 350: Find Scholarly Articles

Boolean Searching in the Databases

 

Image credit: Information Resource Center Blog

Tips on searching the databases

Here are some general tips on searching for articles for your report:

Tip Examples
Use keywords, not long search phrases

Instead of searching for "how did yellow journalism affect U.S. involvement in the Spanish-American War," break down your search into the main keywords:

"yellow journalism", United States, Spanish-American War

Use quotation marks (" ") to keep phrases together

Use AND to combine different keywords

"yellow journalism" AND Spanish-American War
Use OR to combine similar/associated keywords yellow journalism OR William Randolph Hearst
Look for ways to limit your search in the database You can often limit by type of article (scholarly and peer-reviewed), year of publicationsubject 

 

Library Databases for Political Science

Political Science Databases

Database Full Text Coverage Scholarly
America: History & Life

Abstracts of journal articles covering American & Canadian history, from pre-history to the present.

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Links to full-text via Get-It 1964 to current All
America's Historical Newspapers

United States newspapers including African American and Hispanic American interests. Languages other than English include Spanish and a limited number in French and German. Of special interest is the San Diego Union and its variants archive. The Los Angeles Times archives and New York Times archives are searchable as separate collections. Current newspapers are available in the Newspaper tab under the "Most Popular" databases link on the library homepage. 

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Full-text 1670 to 1998
California Digital Newspaper Collection

Digitized full text newspapers consisting of lesser-known titles from cities and regions in California. Part of the IMLS-funded national effort to make historical newspapers freely available.

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Full-text 1846 to 1920
Campbell Collaboration

Systematic reviews on the effects of social interventions in the areas of education, crime and justice, social welfare and international development.

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Full-text 2004 to present
Ethnic NewsWatch

Full-text ethnic newspapers, searchable in English or Spanish.

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Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It 1992 to current None
HAPI: Hispanic American Periodicals Index

Indexes journals from 1970 on providing information about Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Hispanics in the United States.

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None 1970 to current All
Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980

Spanish and English language newspapers offering news, advertisements, opinion and more from across the nation reflecting contemporary thought and activity.

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Full-text 1808 to 1980 None
Homeland Security Digital Library

The HSDL collection provides quick access to important U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents as well as specialized resources such as theses and reports from various universities, organizations and agencies.

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Full-text current to current Most
Military & Government Collection

Provides full text for hundreds of military related periodicals and general interest magazines.

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Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It 1975 to current Some
PAIS

An important index to political, economic, and social issues in current debate.

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Links to full-text via Get-It 1972 to current All
ProQuest Global Newsstream (formerly Newsstand)
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Global Newsstream enables users to search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. This product provides one of the largest collections of news from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.

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Full-text 1980 to current None
Public Policy Institute of California

This collection of California state policy, research and statistical reports covers subjects such as economic development, education, employment, environment, government/politics, health, housing, infrastructure (transportation, water, etc.), immigration.

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Full-text 1996 to current Some
Database Full Text Coverage Scholarly
Academic Search Premier

This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.

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Some full-text; plus links to full-text via Get-It 1975 to current Most
CQ Researcher

Explores a single hot issue in the news in-depth each week. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology.

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Full-text 1991 to current None
Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

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Full-text current Some
JSTOR

Contains (EXCEPT for the latest five years) core scholarly journals in sociology, history, economics, political science, mathematics, African-American & Asian studies, literature, humanities, music, and biological, health & general sciences.

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Full-text 1838 to most recent five years Most
Kanopy Video Library

Kanopy provides streaming on-demand access to thousands of documentaries, feature and independent films, and training videos. Licensing partners include Criterion Collection, Universal Paramount, The Great Courses, New Day Films, California Newsreel, PBS, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, Documentary Educational Resources, and others. Kanopy videos can be viewed on a range of devices and platforms including Apple, Android, and Windows.

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N/A current

Citing Your Sources

GBST 300 - Citing Sources

Professor Bozonelos has indicated that you may choose any citation style that works best for you, but you must consistently use that format.

Here are some citation resources you may consult:

APA

MLA

Need Help?

Lalitha Nataraj

Librarian for American Indian Studies / Anthropology / Environmental Studies / Ethnic Studies / Global Studies / Political Science
Lalitha Nataraj
lnataraj@csusm.edu
760-750-4070
Office Location: 
KEL3427
Office Hours: 
By appointment

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