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POLB50: Canada's Political Institutions

Consult this guide to find resources for your research assignment.

Choose Keywords

Choosing effective keywords will help you locate sources that are relevant to your research topic.

Find Scholarly Journal Articles

Try a variety of article databases to do a complete search on your research topic.

Interdisciplinary Databases

Databases Recommended for Political Science

Databases for Canadian Studies

Journals for Canadian Politics

Find Books

Evaluate Sources

Evaluate and select the most appropriate sources for your assignment.    This will help you write a better essay, and ultimately a higher grade.

Content of Article

  • Is the article relevant to your course?
  • Is the article relevant to your discipline?
  • Is the article relevant to your assignment topic?

Type of Article

  • Is your article from a scholarly journal?

Date of Publication

  • When was the article published?  Is it up-to-date enough to be relevant?
  • If the article is older has it been cited by other articles?

Use Sources in your Writing

Consider the following as  you read through research and write your paper:

  • Have I provided enough relevant evidence to convince the reader of my claims?
  • Have I explained how the evidence supports my claims?
  • Have I used innovative and current evidence, rather than stating obvious/outdated information?
  • Have I cited the sources of evidence?

Adapted from here.

Chicago Citation Style

Have questions about Chicago style citation?   Ask your TA. You can also visit the reference desk (by the stairs) in the library or the Writing Centre for assistance.