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POS 2041 (Branz) - Term Paper Assignment: In-Depth Research

This is a guide for students in Professor Branz' US Government class. It contains useful resources for completing the research for your term paper assignment.

Step 2. In-Depth Research

At this point, you should already have narrowed your topic.

Now you will look for the specific pieces of information that will complete your essay.

The sources that you use will depend on the topic you have chosen.

Think: What do I need to know? Then: Who or what type of source would likely have this information?

Listed on this page are a number of sources to get you started.

If you are not sure of the best source for your topic, contact a librarian (my profile and contact info is on the right).

Search Strategy

  1. Make a list of key words, phrases and terms that relate to your topic.
    Example: moon landing, space race, kennedy, soviet, apollo, nasa, cold war
  2. Determine what type of information you need. Some possibilities are:
    • News articles of the time
    • Current news
    • Today's perspective on a historical event
    • Biographical information about a person
    • Statistics or data
    • Expert research
    • Opinions of a group or organization
    • Details about a government action

    Choose the source that best fits the information you need. If you are unsure what you need, or where to look for it, contact a librarian.


News Articles of the Time

Current News

Biographical Information

Statistics

Expert Research

Interest Groups

The most effective way to find information on interest groups is to locate the web sites of groups you come across in your research. However, if you need a list of groups that advocate specific issues, find it here:

Subject Guide

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