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Political Science at Adelphi

Help with Your Political Science Research

Research and writing are central to political science.  This website is intended to aid students engaged in a variety of related activities: taking courses in research methods, writing a paper for a government or social science course, and composing a senior honors thesis.

User's Guide to Political Science

Selecting a Topic

The first step in a research project is to select a topic. In this video, students offer personal insights into how they approach this task.

Topic Ideas


One of the key things to remember when selecting a topic is to choose a subject that is of interest to you. It makes the research process more enjoyable, and we tend to produce a better product. Some places to get ideas for papers:

These Library Databases:
  • CQ Researcher > Click "Browse Reports" By Topic, By Date, ProCon, Issue Tracker, Updates
These Websites:

Generating Search Terms

As you select your topic, you should make a list of search terms, or keywords, that you will use to locate appropriate information sources. Watch this video to familiarize yourself with this process.

Important: Databases frequently have their own subject terms, which can differ from the terms you've selected. The video below can instruct you on how to choose appropriate search terms.