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POLS 4510/5510: Democratization

Guide for students in Dr. Ellen Carnaghan's Spring 2023 Democratization course.

This course page was created for students in POLS 4510/5510: Democratization with Dr. Ellen Carnaghan, Spring 2023. Contact your Political Librarian (Rebecca Hyde) with questions or to make an appointment for an in-depth research consultation. For quick and/or general questions you can contact Rebecca or use our 24/5 chat assistance to get help with your research!

Finding Scholarly Scources

Some databases will include the full-text of articles, but others will include the  button which links to full-text when available and if not available, gives you the option to request articles for free through Interlibrary Loan's Illiad service.

  • Keep track: Keep a list of the databases and search terms you used, that way you'll know what you already tried and where you had success! 

  • Quotation marks: “Arab Spring” searches for the phrase Arab Spring. Searching without quotation marks will search for Arab and Spring anywhere in the record.

  • Asterisk: democra* searches for democracy, democratic, democratization, etc.

  • Question mark: wom?n searches for women and woman

  • Save what you find: Use a citation management software (like EndNote or Zotero) or other method that works for you to keep track of articles and books you find.

  • Trace the Literature: Use an article’s reference list to find additional articles & use a citation database/index (like Web of Science or Google Scholar) to find a list of more recent articles that have cited a given article.

Additional Information Sources

Citation Management Options

I suggest selecting a tool or method for keeping track of all the articles and books you find related to you research. Below are links and information about two of the most popular citation management tools.