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GU-Q: GOVT 040: Comparative Political Systems

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When browsing the library catalog it is a good idea to try out different word combinations, i.e. keyword, keyword phrases or subject keywords. Beginning from the advanced search page of our catalog, for example, if you are interested in political information relating to Africa, you could enter "economies" and "politics" into separate fields, then select "Keyword" as your search.  Subject keyword or subject heading searching is more specific.   Using the example from above, you could enter "economic development" and "political aspects" into separate fields, but select subject and find additional sources that use those specific words as subject headings. Trying a mix of different word combinations is an effective way to search the online catalog.

Consider experimenting with some of the following subject headings related to political science and more specifically, comparative political systems:

Reference Resources:

  • Political parties -- Encyclopedias
  • Comparative government -- Encyclopedias

For Secondary Sources in Our Collection:

  • Comparative government
  • Social engineering
  • Authoritarianism
  • Islam and state -- History
  • Political science -- Islamic Empire -- History
  • Christianity and politics -- History
  • Political stability
  • Political development
  • Social change -- Political aspects
  • Economic development -- Political aspects
  • Globalization -- Persian Gulf States
  • Persian Gulf States -- Politics and government -- 21st century
  • Persian Gulf States -- Economic conditions

For Primary Sources:

  • Comparative government -- Case studies
  • Comparative government -- Research
  • International relations -- History -- Sources
  • Country -- History -- Sources
  • Country -- Sources
  • Personal narratives
  • Nationalism -- correspondence
  • Country -- correspondence


What is Scholarly Mapping?

Tip.  The most efficient researchers engage in a process widely known as "scholarly mapping."  Here's how you too can be an effective researcher!

Backward Mapping: Using the references list of an article or scholarly work you already have.

Forward Mapping: Finding out who has cited, used, and expanded upon a work you are studying closely. 

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