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SS2635 Comparative Politics

Professor: Mary Durfee

The Research Process

The Research Process -- the road map to success!


  • Select and narrow your topic
  • Use encyclopedias to learn more about your topic
  • Break your topic into concepts and identify keywords for each concept
  • Gather evidence from a variety of sources: books, articles, websites, etc.
  • Evaluate your sources
  • Cite your sources

Select, narrow, and Learn More About Your Topic

Encyclopedias are a good place to start your research, because they help you to:

  • Learn about an unfamiliar topic
  • Narrow your topic by present specific issues within broader subjct areas
  • Indentify keywords descirbing your topic
  • Find important names and dates relating to your topic

To find encyclopedias:

Subject Guide

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