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.
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.
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:
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.