Background information may be found in a variety of places, including news articles, books, opinion pieces, subject encyclopedias, and more. Below are some possibilities - as always, evaluate your sources! See side tabs of this guide for additional resources.
When evaluating books, check the credentials of the author. The book may be published by a scholarly press (University of Chicago, Yale University Press, etc.)
When searching for scholarly articles via WorldCat, limit to peer reviewed articles.
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These are some key features to look for when identifying empirical research in political science.
NOTE: Not all of these features will be in every empirical research article, some may be excluded, use this only as a guide.
Some useful keywords may be...