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Political Science & Public Administration

Information and research help for the discipline of political science and public administration.

Background Information

Before starting any research on your topic, you must have background knowledge of it. Books and websites can provide you with that knowledge.

This is important because:

  1. Background sources give you the language people use to discuss your topic. You will use this language when you search databases for scholarly articles and resources on the topic.
  2. This "pre-research" gives you a sense that your topic is focused enough. If your initial searches bring back so many results, you can't even figure out the language, so consider narrowing your topic.

Background Information Sources

Books and eBooks

eBook Databases

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