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POLS-384: Strategies of Political Research

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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-384 library course guide. It has been designed to introduce students to the library's political studies-focused research tools and provide the guidance required for them to be searched 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;
  • understand the concepts of "peer review" and, broadly, "scholarly" as pertains to resources;
  • develop an ability to refine search results in Omni, the library's search tool, and Proquest Politics; and
  • understand the value of critically appraising information as a crucial component of the research process

About the Queen's University Library

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 homepage: