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POLS-110: Introduction to Politics

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Gillian Akenson
Joseph S. Stauffer Library, Rm 105-A
(I am in the office but can also meet virtually via Teams or Zoom.)
(613) 533-6000 ext 74526

Welcome to the POLS-110 library course guide. It has been designed to introduce students in both 110-A and 110-B to library research tools (e.g. books and scholarly journal articles for your coursework), and the skills required to search them effectively and efficiently.

The learning outcomes of this guide are as follows:

  • distinguish between the most common types of citation e.g. book or article;
  • identify political studies-specific resources using the library's website;
  • be able to distinguish between a primary, secondary and tertiary source;
  • further develop research skills by learning to retrieve a "known item"
  • learn how to identify secondary sources by subject using a political studies index
  • understand the importance of critically appraising research materials

Please proceed through the five sections to learn more (sections are various lengths):

  1. Introduction: Some introductory remarks and a quick overview of this guide as well as examples of common citations.
  2. Finding Sources. A general orientation to doing research with library tools that includes tips for finding information using the collections at Queen's Library but also useful checklists for evaluating information prior to use.
  3. Writing a paper.
  4. Citing Sources.
  5. Conclusion, and where find research help.

About the Queen's University Library

The Queen’s University Library is comprised of six libraries in five facilities: the Bracken Health Sciences Library, the Engineering and Science Library and W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library (both located in the Douglas Library Building), the Education Library, the Lederman Law Library and the Stauffer Library.

Stauffer Library is the Business, Humanities and Social Sciences library, and houses the majority of the Global Development Studies collection of books and printed journals. It is also home to the Queen’s Learning Commons. Located on the main floor of Stauffer Library, the Queen’s Learning Commons brings together a comprehensive, integrated set of academic support services, workshops, and resources for Queen's students.

Queen's Library subscribes to over 650 specialized databases and article indexes, several hundred thousand electronic books, 80,000 electronic journals and newspapers, and has well over 2 million physical (non-electronic) items including over 1.65 million books. The Queen's University Library homepage is the gateway to the library's collections and research tools. [Tip: Bookmark the Library Homepage for easy future reference]

Highlighted in the following screenshot are selected tools that one can access from the library's new homepage: