Nov. 13, 2013
Literature Linked to Theory
Revisiting Step 1
Causal model, Definition and indications come from literature review
Literature review comes from our political theory
Remember the link before you begin searching the literature
Forms – Creating a Database of References
(For an article) Journal name, volume, issue, page numbers, date:
(For a book) Publisher, city, date:
Summary (sample, methods, variables, questionnaire items, findings):
Direct quotes (with page numbers):
Your opinion (strengths, weaknesses, etc.):
Search by subject (dependent variable)
Search by Boolean connectors – and, or, not etc
Don’t forget about interlibrary loans
Government documents – uOttawa is a depository
Books and reference works are useful, but most contemporary social science research is
found in professional journals, most of which are published quarterly
Scholarly journal articles and those in news and opinion magazines are indexed in a
variety of paper and online periodical indexes
Searched by subject, author, or title
Consult Political Studies Library Homepage for hints and tips
Other search engines you can use to locate articles:
Social Science Index
American Political Science Review
The Economist Public Affairs Information Service Bulletin
Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature
Scholarly articles and news articles are found online
Careful with authenticity – lots of fakes out there
Most recent development in library research has been the increase vailability of full-text
Uncover and EBSCO are two examples of bibliographic databases that facilitate searches
and provide full-text copies of publications
Many professional journals, through services such as JSTOR (Journal Storage) and Projec
Muse, now also make the full content of articles available online to subscribers
Another widely used full-text database is LEXIS/NEXIS Academic Universe, designed for
legal research with the goal of targeting large law firms and libraries…it also includes the
most recent issues of newspapers and magazines, as well as television and radio
transcripts from all over the world.
Dictionaires & Bibliographies
• Bealey, Frank. The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science: A User’s Guide to Its Terms.
• Chandler, R.C., and J.C. Pano, Public Administration Dictionary.
• Collin, P.H. Dictionary of Government and Politics.
• Elliot, J.M. and R. Reginald. The Arms Control, Disarmament, and Military Security
• Plano, J.C. et al. The Dictionary of Political Analysis.
• Riff, M.A. Dictionary of Modern Political Ideologies
• Usually contain articles that contain useful background material on general subjects.
• Almost always include a bibliography and a list o other related articles that are
contained in the same volume.
• Goodin, R.E et al. A New Handbook of Political Science. • Greenstein, F.I. et al. Handbook of Political Science.