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POL /PUH 420 -- International Development (Fall 2022): Thinking About Research

Basic Research Steps

  • Select an interesting and doable topic.
  • Identify each component of your topic.
  • Select appropriate terms to describe the components and use truncation as appropriate.
  • Determine the correct use of Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT).
  • Select fields to search if appropriate (author, title, subject).
  • Limit your results as necessary (date, scholarly vs. popular, etc.).
  • Evaluate your results and rethink your strategy as necessary.

The Research Process

Survival Tips

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Read assignments carefully.  

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Check with your professor to be sure your topic is appropriate and doable.

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