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PO102 American Government - Lucas: Debate

This guide will introduce you to the best resources for completing the two research-based assignments in Prof. Lucas's class.


This page will help you find academic books and articles about political debates. From these sources you want to find the following information on your debate topic tha:

  1. background of the issue, including a definition of terms,
  2. evidence for both sides of the argument,
  3. analysis and justification for choosing one side,
  4. three main points in favor of your side, and
  5. scholarly interpretations on the impact of debates

Books - Start Here

Library Catalog

Use this box to search the Geisel Library catalog for books and other materials in the library collection.

Several of the best books on debates can be found with a Subject search on:
Campaign Debates - United States

Is This Book "Academic"?

To make sure the book you find is "academic", look for these characteristics:

1) Footnotes and bibliographies

2) The author has a post-graduate degree

3) Often (but not always), academic books are published by a university press

Journal Articles - Start Here

This database includes many scholarly journals with articles about political communication, including debates.

Once inside the database, use the various limiters to narrow your search.

Communication & Mass Media Complete

Journal Articles - Other Sources

Make sure your article is "academic" by checkmarking any available limiters to restrict your search to academic, scholarly, or peer-reviewed journals.

Useful Journals

These two scholarly journals have good substantive articles on political debates.