As part of their education, political science undergraduates learn and apply a wide range of research methods. These techniques allow students to develop abilities that will help them in graduate school and the workplace. High quality writing is an important skill for our majors; many classes employ the Style Manual for Political Science http://www.apsanet.org
Our students’ training also allows them to engage in research using real-world data. In particular, Research Methods (POLS 280) which is required of all majors, introducing students to various data sources.
- American National Election Studies(Data) http://www.electionstudies.org
- Congressional Data Page http://web.mit.edu/17.251/www/data page.html
- Harvard's Dataverse-all sorts of data on a wide variety of topics and places http://dataverse.org
- Presidential Data Archives http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data.php
- Supreme Court Database http://scdb.wustl.edu/
- The Quality of Government Institute from Sweden-a massive dataset compiled from dozens of surveys, with information on nearly every nation in the world http://qog.pol.gu.se/data