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This research guide is intended to help you get started with your POL 221: Introduction to Canadian Government course assignment research.
- For a step-by-step guide to researching your topic, see Start Your Research Here
- For one-on-one help with writing your paper, contact the Student Learning Commons
Do you need some basic definitions or background information? Try these subject-related resources:
- Encyclopedia of Political Science
- The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics [print]
- The Language of Canadian Politics: A Guide to Important Terms and Concepts
- The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration [print]
Books and reports
Search the Library Catalogue to find print and electronic books, journals and reports on your topic.
Try linking to the subject headings below to find useful books and reports on your topic.
To search for books by subject heading, use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select Subject browse from the drop-down menu.
- Cabinet ministers -- Canada
- Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Civil rights -- Canada
- Civil service -- Canada
- Constitutional history -- Canada
- Elections -- Canada
- Federal government -- Canada
- Human rights -- Canada
- Judicial power -- Canada
- Lobbying -- Canada
- Lobbying -- Law and legislation -- Canada
- Political culture -- Canada
- Political leadership -- Canada
- Political planning -- Canada
- Pressure groups -- Canada
- Prime ministers -- Canada
- Social movements -- Canada
- Voting -- Canada
Browse the current and back issues of these journals to find articles with specifically Canadian content.
- Canadian Historical Review
- Canadian Journal of Political Science
- Canadian Political Science Review
- Canadian Public Administration
- Journal of Canadian Studies
Journal article indexes
See Databases in Political Science for a complete list of subject-related journal article databases online. Some recommended databases for course-related research topics include:
Political Science Complete
Covers political theory, comparative politics, law and legislation and non-governmental organizations.
Covers Canadian topics including business, politics, literature, history and news events.
Canadian Electronic Library
Includes publications from a variety of Canadian public policy institutes, research institutes, think tanks, advocacy groups, government agencies and university research centers.
Canadian Research Index
Includes publications issued by hundreds of government agencies and departments in the federal, provincial and territorial governments as well as scientific and technical report literature issued by research institutes and government laboratories and policy, social, economic, and political reports.
CRKN Canadian Publishers Collection
Includes over 8,000 current titles from over 50 leading Canadian publishers.
Fulltext of major Canadian newspapers and Canwest's small-market BC papers.
CBCA Reference and Current Events
Includes newspapers, newswires, newsmagazines, as well as television and radio transcripts. Covers politics, business, the arts, sports, and any other kind of news, whether happening in Canada or abroad.
Provides online access to current newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format.
Alternative Press Index
Includes roughly 380 alternative, radical, and left publications, which report and analyze the practices and theories of cultural, economic, political, and social change.
Writing and citing
Use the SFU Department of Political Science Guidelines for Writing Essays and Research Papers and the SFU Student Learning Commons Writing for University to guide you as you write your research paper.
You may also want to peruse the following books:
- The Political Science Student Writer's Manual [print]
- Social Sciences Research: Research, Writing and Presentation Strategies for Students [print]
- Academic Writing: An Introduction [print]
You need to correctly cite all of the books, journal articles and websites that you used in your research. Start with the SFU Library's Writing & Style Guide. A couple of other guides that you may want to look at are the Citing Sources (Duke University Libraries) and Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation page.
Citing your sources and creating the reference list is time consuming. Take notes throughout your research and make sure to mark the page number(s) of passages you plan to paraphrase or directly quote in your research paper.
Consider using a citation management tool called RefWorks to organize your references and automatically generate a bibliography from your references. See the SFU RefWorks Quick Guide to help you get started.
Learning how to properly credit others when you use their ideas is a difficult, but important, part of research. Start with the SFU Library's interactive tutorial Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism to test yourself and to learn more about plagiarism. Also read the SFU Library's Plagiarism Guide for further discussion of this critical topic and for links to other plagiarism guides.