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PLS 4100 - Political Psychology: PLS 4100/6100 Political Psychology
A literature review should help the reader understand the state of research leading up to your topic, not to provide an overview of individual articles. This worksheet is designed to help you start thinking in terms of how different sources contribute to understand the themes that influence your research.
Research Toolkit workshops are designed to address the most common challenges students face in doing college-level research, including navigating databases, locating relevant sources, and making sense of information once it is found.
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Factual summary of events and issues to get up to speed (e.g., key players, relevant dates, major events, etc.). Ease of Wikipedia with the authority and accuracy of an academic book.
Sage Reference Online
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Sage Encyclopedia of Political Behavior
Broad, but in-depth, overview
Analysis of a particular aspect of an issue, trends that have resulted from an event, application of theory to events, etc.
Facts and details about events as they happen
News websites and aggregators
Newspaper Source database
Government agencies, think tanks
Targeted Google searches
Subject-specific encyclopedias are a great source of information to develop a better understanding of a topic, issue, or problem. These are written by experts for those who are new to a topic. They provide authoritative, academic treatments of subjects in an accessible way. For these databases of encyclopedia entries, keep your search terms fairly broad.
Look at article titles, but also at the encyclopedia it appears in to get a sense of what the coverage will focus on.
Search hundreds of scholarly, subject-specific reference titles in many topic areas, including the arts, business, education, history, the sciences, technology, literature, and the social sciences. Excellent for in-depth overviews of terms or concepts. Search individual e-books or whole collections.
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior explores the intersection of psychology, political science, sociology, and human behavior. This encyclopedia integrates theories, research, and case studies from a variety of disciplines that inform this established area of study. Aimed at college and university students, this one-of-a-kind book covers voting patterns, interactions between groups, what makes different types of government systems appealing to different societies, and the impact of early childhood development on political beliefs, among others.
Get full-text articles from over 500 journals. Topics include psychiatry, psychology, emotional and behavioral characteristics, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. Search PsycINFO for a more complete representation of psychology literature.
Indexes psychology literature and related disciplines including psychiatry, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, cognitive science, and linguistics. Includes journals and book chapters. Use Historic PsycINFO to identify literature published as early as the 1920s. Links occur to full-text when available.
This option will search a combination of all the available science databases produced by this publisher. The search will include familiar citation, biology, medicine, and patent databases. Once connected, review the "select a database" option for a complete list. Use this option if you are not sure which Clarivate database may offer the best results.