Department of Political Science, Queens College
to Research a Political Science Paper
Peter Liberman, Queens College Dept.
of Political Science, September 2001
reading on how to do political science research
* Stephen Van Evera, Guide
to Methods for Students of Political Science
(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997). A great common sense guide to
political science research, aimed at advanced undergraduate and
graduate students, with a focus on case study research.
* Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, The Craft of Research
(University of Chicago Press, 1995). An enlightening general guide for
understanding what research is all about, and for writing research
papers in all fields.
* W. Phillips Shively, The Craft of
(Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1998). Aimed at preparing
students to understand quantitative political science research;
includes some statistics fundamentals.
* Janet Buttolph Johnson and Richard A. Joslyn, Political Science Research Methods
(Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 1995). A comprehensive survey
of political science research methods, with lots of examples.