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Politics & Government Junior Seminar (POLS 399)

Sources for research papers in Politics and Government

Getting Started

In your Politics and Government junior seminar, you will be creating an annotated bibliography on a research topic of your choosing. Later, this annotated bibliography will provide the sources for your Literature Review, which in turn will become a section of your final paper. 

The annotated bibliography should:

  • Include 15 Scholarly Sources, including 12 Journal Articles and 3 Scholarly Books
    The point of your bibliography is to compare scholarly perspectives on the question that you are raising in your paper, and, ideally, to find a gap in scholarly research which you can address.
  • NOT include Factual Sources like sources of statistics, newspaper reports on events, etc. 
    You WILL need these sources for your final paper, of course, but they don't belong in the annotated bibliography. 

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