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POLI_SCI_398: Senior Thesis Seminar (Galvin): Get Started

Political Science Librarian

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Jeannette Moss
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University Library
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Gather background, reviews, overviews. Find definitions, bibliographies

Somewhere in between your initial idea and settling on a research question, you'll need to do background research on how scholars in a particular subject area have discussed your topic. You may find background research in your textbook or class readings, academic books in the library's collection, or reference sources.

Use NU Search to browse for books, reference entries, and periodicals to build background information.

 

How do you move from a research question to searching in a database? You first have to pick out keywords from your research question.