Advice for selecting a topic• WHY: are you taking this class? doing this degree?• Is the topic compelling? (SO WHAT?)• Start big, narrow down: map it out• Logical consistency = good• Let the thinkers talk to each other• Read: what questions have others left unanswered?• Join the conversation
Where do you usuallyfind journal articles?Why???
Recommended databases• International Bibliography of the Social Sciences• International Political Science Abstracts• Worldwide Political Science Abstracts• Alternative Press Index• Historical Abstracts
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