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Research Methods Lecture 9 Scholarly Literatures

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Courtney Thomas

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Transcript of Research Methods Lecture 9 Scholarly Literatures

Secondary Resources
Books (original manuscripts, not anthologies or reference books)
University Press
Qualifications of the author
Reviews in scholarly and popular sources
Publishing process and criteria of the press
Other publishers
Edited Volumes

Hierarchies with hierarchies
Secondary Resources
Journal Articles (scholarly v. trade)
Peer Review
Associated with Professional Associations
Research the selection and review criteria!
Should explain methodology!
Newspaper and popular magazine articles
Evaluate the quality of the source
Evaluate the sources of the data
Scholarly Literatures
Primary Resources
Closest you can get to the original source
Potentially ones that you collect yourself
Survey data
Focus groups
Almost always requires IRB approval
Not feasible for this course
Comments on Research Topics
Keep it political
Do NOT have the answer before you begin the research
Not an op-ed or position paper
You cannot research a hypothetical
Something that didn't happen OR hasn't happened yet
Narrow, narrow, narrow
Remember: feasibility!
Be open to change
Not "original"
Question: what do you want to learn/know?
Research Methods
PSCI 2024
Winter 2017
Dr. Courtney Thomas
Lecture 9: Scholarly Literatures

"It Depends"
To a certain extent, this depends on your research question and your methodology
Projects may require vastly different resources
MA Thesis: focus on specific political blogs
However, there are general rules of thumb for research
Other Primary Resources
Originating documents
Constitution, UN Charter, etc.
Full text of treaties or laws
Speeches/transcripts of proceedings
Government documents
Personal records
Journals, diaries, letters, photographs, memos, date books, memoirs, autobiographies
Vital records
Birth/death/marriage certificates
Census Data and other data sets
Institutional records
Minutes, financial records, memos, publicity materials, newsletters, emails, etc.
Television, radio, newspaper
Political leaflets

Conference papers
What kinds of resources are appropriate for scholarly research?
Which ones are the most "legitimate"?

Next: Where do I find resources?
Ologies Assignment
Do not simply re-state the theory
"Bias" is not pejorative
We ALL have to overcome bias in our research
The more aware you are of your "blind spots" the better able you'll be to do objective research
Do NOT know the answer before you start the process!
BUT let your history be your guide!
Subjectivity is not necessarily bad
Cultural relativism v. ethnocentrism
Media Critique
You HAVE to keep up with the news
Role of advertisers/owners
Public media
International Sources
Article 1 Critique
Look at announcement feedback
Look at annotated article
Make sure that you can identify the research question and thesis
Do not confuse research question with research design
The WHAT the author wants to know v. the HOW he/she is going to figure it out
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