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POLI 462 & 465

Finding Relevant Articles

Develop a search strategy by:

  1. identifying relevant keywords
  2. connecting keywords with AND, example emissions AND compliance
  3. using quotation marks around phrases, example "kyoto protocol" AND "paris agreement" 
  4. using OR to account for synonyms, example (Indigenous OR "First Nations") 

Evaluate your results while considering the requirements of your assignment:

  1. peer-reviewed articles
  2. relevance to your thesis
  3. current or recently published
  4. perspective of international law

Search in places designed to help you find academic sources about international law:

  1. HeinOnline, journal collection for law
  2. Summon, UBC Library search tool

screenshot of heinonline sample search screen with PathFinder Subjects section and International Law both highlighted in red. Search string at top shows: "kyoto protocol" AND "paris agreement" AND compliance

image description: screenshot of HeinOnline sample search screen with PathFinder Subjects section and International Law both highlighted in red. Search string at top shows: "kyoto protocol" AND "paris agreement" AND compliance

Custom UBC Library Summon Search for Dr. Sapeha's Law Courses

Preset filters include limiting to academic and scholarly sources, limiting by content type journal articles and books/ebooks, using the discipline filter for law, and the subject filter for international law

Note: depending on your topic you may want to limit by the date of publication, or you may want to sort your results by the date published, rather than the default relevance display