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PS 300: Research Design

Course help page for the PS 300 literature review assignment.

Useful Databases

Many databases contain articles you can use, but the following are considered to be especially useful in political science.

Citation Management: EndNote Web

EndNote Web is the free web-based version of EndNote, a personal citation/bibliography manager software program that helps researchers organize references in a database (called a library). Any OSU student, faculty or staff may access it.  EndNote is not as fully-featured as the original version (which costs money), but all of the basic features are available:  references can be collected and organized in an online library and these references can be used to easily create bibliographies and format references in word processing software. 

References can be added to an EndNote library in many different ways:  direct export from databases, journal websites and Google Scholar, by reference file import and by hand-entry.

You may wish to refer to the EndNote Tutorial ( for more information and guidance.