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Political Science

The Role of Books in Political Science Research

Scholarly books are ideal information sources to consult in the early stages of research when you are looking for an introduction or overview of your topic. While journal articles can help you find more targeted information or a specific study related to your research area, books provide a more comprehensive overview, and may analyze a number of related studies. Additionally, because books include sub-topics, they may assist you in narrowing a broad area of interest into a narrow or more manageable research topic. Books:

Are in-depth and cumulative studies of a topic.

✔ Include more contextual and historical information than other information sources.

✔ Are longer than other works (typically over 100 pages).

✔ May be republished in new editions to account for further research.

✔ May be available in print or electronically through UBC Library.

Books typically take longer to write and publish than other scholarly materials, which means they offer more complete coverage, but may be less current than sources like journal articles, newspaper articles, or websites.

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