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Public Administration Research: Find Background Info

Guidance and key resources for conducting academic research in Public Administration.

Why background research helps

Getting background information and general facts about your topic is a good way to start your research. This not only helps you better understand your topic, but it also helps you formulate the boundaries of your research and key terms for your thesis statement.  It can be a helpful guide to begin to narrow down your topic into a coherent and specific area.
 

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be a great way to start researching your topic, especially if you need to find out more information if you aren't certian of your KEYWORDS or SUBJECTS.

Update your Google Scholar settings to link to the College of Charleston Libraries collection.

  1. Go to Google Scholar, and click the three horizontal bars in the left corner to view the menu (for browser Chrome--if using another browser, look for settings).
  2. Click the cog icon to see Settings.
  3. Click Library links, and search for College of Charleston.
  4. Check the box next to "College of Charleston Libraries.”
  5. Click Save.

View it @ CofC link will now appear next to select articles in your search results. Click on them to see if we have the articles in our collection. Note: Google Scholar includes books and book chapters as well as articles. The View it link won't work for these or for journal articles that are only available in print (not online).

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