Research and writing are central to your activities as political scientists. This website is intended to aid students engaged in a variety of related activities: writing a senior honors thesis, taking courses in research methods, and writing a paper for a government or social science course.
The link below from the University of Michigan will help you understand how govenmental policy is made This BRIEF explores how the ideas for governmental policy emerge and what it takes to get them adopted. Content is based primarily on Michigan, which has a full-time legislature. While concepts are relevant to other states and the national level, details may differ.
Each student will be required to write two short research papers. This guide will focus on resources for the first research paper.
The first paper should address current status and problems demonstrating an understanding of the interrelatedness of environmental issues in a global context. The paper should:
(USE the Books Tab- and search Reference resources, books from OneSearch and eBrary for this part of the asignment)
(Use the Article Databases TAB search General databases first such as Academic Search Complete and Proquest Research library so that you can limit results to particular countries, then try the Environmental and Political Science databases for more specific articles).
(USE Article databases TAB and search for articles use the key word terms "policy or Politc* or legislation" as a concepts)
(USE Article databases TAB or Internet Resources and try a in search United Nations Research Guide ECOLEX and Open CRS)
In the second paper, students will identify an environmental issue and interview local interest groups, political leaders and government officials. Through interviews and attendance at meetings, students will develop an understanding of the role of environmental issues in the political arena. A written (4-6 pages) and oral class presentation is required. Students will meet with the instructor before the seventh week of the semester for the approval of project.