Research and Writing in International Relations

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This brief, supplementary text sets out the basics of research and writing in International Relations as a sub-field of political science-question selection, literature review, methodology, information gathering, and composing-at the introductory level.

Author Biography

Laura Roselle is Professor of Political Science at Elon University Sharon Spray is Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Elon University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Research and Writing Processp. 1
Topic Selection and Question Developmentp. 5
Choosing a Topicp. 6
Writing an Initial Subtopic Questionp. 8
Defining Variablesp. 11
Researching Your Dependent Variable Beyond the Textbookp. 13
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 14
Exercises for Chapter 1p. 15
Scholarly Literature and the Literature Reviewp. 17
Getting Started on Your Literature Reviewp. 18
Peer-Reviewed Booksp. 19
Edited Booksp. 20
Electronic Sourcesp. 20
Scholarly Journalsp. 20
How to Search the Literaturep. 23
Finding Scholarly Journal Articlesp. 23
Searching for Scholarly Booksp. 28
Using a Review of the Literature to Shape Your Projectp. 28
How to Read a Scholarly Journalp. 30
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 33
Exercises for Chapter 2p. 34
Project Definition and Systematic Investigationp. 35
Project Frameworksp. 36
Choosing Independent Variables and Hypothesesp. 37
Choosing Cases for Researchp. 38
Defining and Operationalizing Your Independent Variablesp. 42
Collecting Evidencep. 46
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 48
Exercises for Chapter 3p. 49
Analysis and Writingp. 51
An Overview of the Writing Processp. 51
Writing Each Section of Your Research Paperp. 54
The Abstractp. 55
The Introductionp. 56
The Literature Reviewp. 57
The Research Design (Methodology)p. 62
Discussing Hypothesesp. 63
Discussing Measurement and Sources of Data or Informationp. 64
The Case Presentation, Analysis, and Discussion of Findingsp. 65
Analyzing Datap. 66
Discussing Hypothesesp. 68
The Conclusionp. 69
The Bibliography or Reference Listp. 69
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 70
Exercises for Chapter 4p. 70
Project Resourcesp. 73
International Conflict and Military Forcep. 75
Types of Conflictp. 76
Levels of Violencep. 78
Types of Interventionp. 80
Actors and Interstate Conflictp. 81
Conflict Resolutionp. 83
Terrorismp. 85
General Data Sources for Choosing Cases and Gathering Evidencep. 87
Foreign Policyp. 89
Individual Characteristicsp. 90
State-Level Analysesp. 93
Bureaucratic Politicsp. 94
Public Opinionp. 96
Interest Groupsp. 98
General Data Sources for Choosing Cases and Gathering Evidencep. 99
International Cooperation and International Lawp. 101
Issue Areasp. 101
Environmental Treatiesp. 102
Human Rightsp. 104
War Crimesp. 105
Actorsp. 106
Joining International Governmental Organizationsp. 106
States as UN Membersp. 108
General Data Sources for Choosing Cases and Gathering Evidencep. 109
International Political Economy, Globalization, and Developmentp. 111
IPE and the Role of International Actorsp. 111
Multinational Corporationsp. 112
The World Trade Organizationp. 113
The Role of People in Globalization and Developmentp. 115
National Identityp. 116
Genderp. 117
General Data Sources for Choosing Cases and Gathering Evidencep. 119
Writing Resourcesp. 121
Organizing Sources and Notesp. 123
Using Note Cardsp. 124
Using a Written or Electronic Journalp. 126
Using Softwarep. 127
More Suggestions for Keeping Track of Resourcesp. 127
Keeping Track of Print Resourcesp. 127
Keeping Track of Web Resourcesp. 129
Citing Sourcesp. 131
Avoiding Plagiarismp. 131
General Rules for What to Citep. 131
Turabian Stylep. 133
The Basic Citation for a Bookp. 133
Using Parenthetical Citationsp. 134
Using Footnotesp. 134
Hard Casesp. 135
Component Partsp. 135
Secondary Sources of Quotationsp. 136
APA Stylep. 136
Citations for Online Sourcesp. 137
Remember the Basicsp. 138
Following Style Guidelinesp. 141
Academic Writingp. 141
Gender-Neutral Terminologyp. 141
General Rules on Capitalization for Leaders' Titlesp. 142
Parties, the Constitution, and Treatiesp. 143
Proper Nouns and Adjectivesp. 143
Titles of Newspapersp. 144
Foreign Wordsp. 144
Recommended Writing and Style Manualsp. 145
Referencesp. 147
Indexp. 157
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