When taking this course, you will be asked to research and locate articles that are very specific to the field of Political Science. Below are some tips to help you find articles on political science topics:
Encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries and other reference books can be a great place to start your research. They will:
When doing research, you will probably be asked to find both Empirical and Normative articles on a political science-related topic. What is the difference between these two?
Empirical articles examine how things are. In other words, they examine the facts of what exactly happened, or is happening, and what are the factors that caused this to happen. An example of this is a study examining the impact of campaign spending on election results. This study examines the facts of what happened (election results) and the factor(s) that may have influenced it (campaign spending). Here are some helpful tips for locating empirical articles.
Normative articles examine how things ought to be. In other words, they examine whether the event that has happened/is happening is morally or ethically right or wrong. An example would be a study examining whether the influence of money in campaigns is good or whether it goes against American values like democracy and open elections. Essentially, normative articles pass judgment on whether an event or situation is good or bad.
Ways to tell the difference: