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Locating information, and what resources the department has on offer to aid you in this

In addition to supervision and seminars, the department supplies some supplementary resources. Some good advice on how to proceed is available in “The Art of Writing and Speaking”. It is a good idea to utilise the skills and literature you acquired during the methodology courses. There are also some methods courses on hand, which are specifically designed for the writing process.

Finding good information is essential to writing a good thesis. There is useful information in this regard in “The Art of Finding Information”, as well as some useful recommendation on methodological literature. 

Information Search

Basic Level

The aim of this course is to learn how to search for information in the libraries on-line catalogues (LOVISA and LIBRIS) and in the article databases such as ELIN (full text), JSTOR (full text), ISI Web of Science (catalogue) and Artikelsök (catalogue).

Read: “The Art of Finding Information” Chapters 2-4

Intermediate Level

This course gives a brief repetition of the Basic Course; searching for information in catalogues and databases. In addition, you are taught how to find material relevant to Political Scientists on the internet (strategies and portals such as Political Science Resources and Sosig (Social Sciences Information Gateway). During the course, a critical approach to the material is encouraged; students are instructed in how to assess information on the internet.

Read: “The Art of Finding Information”, Chapters 4-8

Ethical Guidelines and Personal Information in the Thesis

When your thesis is examined, it is published on-line in the open access database LUP Student Publications. There is more information about this process in the section about handing in your thesis. The publishing of information about individuals is regulated in Swedish legislation, Personuppgiftslagen (PUL). You as an author need to reflect on what type of information there is in your thesis about individuals. According to PUL, it is illegal to publish names, civic registration numbers or other information which points to a specific individual without permission, unless the information is viewed as harmless. In practice, you do not have to obtain permission to reference the work of scholars or other published sources, nor do you need permission to mention politicians or other public figures by name. PUL is mainly relevant if you are working with interviews. It is important to come to an agreement with interviewees, you need to inform them that the thesis will be published on-line and any other way you are planning to use your text. If you are not granted permission to publish the interviewees name on-line, it is illegal to do so. There are of course a number of ethical rules with regard to qualitative interviews. More information about this is available in, e.g. Bryman, A, 2008. Social Research Methods (Oxford University Press).

Additional Information

There is information about how to search for information in databases, catalogues and ordering books from other libraries on the University Library Website. The library also provides a substantial number of books, periodicals and theses in printed form. Reading the work of other students is a good way of finding inspiration for your own project.

More recent theses are available in LUP Student Publications, where you can search among all of the published works.

The Department of Political Science also has a collection of links related to the subject from different points of view.

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