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Comparative and International Politics: Getting Started
This is a research guide for students doing research in Comparative and International Politics. This guide should be of use for students researching country information, international relations, comparative politics, democratization and more.
This research guide is designed for students doing research in either Comparative or International Politics. If you run into any problems, or need more assistance, don't hesitate to use the calendar to request a personal research session. If you cannot find a time when I am available, feel free to find a time on one of the other social science librarians' calendars!
Use our search interface Primo to find content across all sorts of formats and disciplines. You can limit to books in the left column after you have done a search. For more information on how to use Primo - check out our playlist on YouTube.
When researching people (or two word countries), put the name in quotes "Nelson Mandela" or "South Africa"
When researching countries, truncate: 'Mexic*' will find items that have 'Mexico' AND ones with 'Mexican'.
Be specific: A search for 'female suicide bombers.' is much better than one for 'terrorist methods.'
Use the various ways of limiting a search that appear on your results screen - most interfaces let you limit by publication date, subject, format and more. Use these to narrow your results list as much as possible.
Finally, ZSR Librarians are very skilled in helping you find the best search for your topic - just request a meeting!