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PUBPOL 807: MPP Master's Projects

resources for thorough literature reviews

Journal Lookup Tool

Use Ulrichsweb to see if a publication is peer review or not.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar limits your results to academic resources.

tip:  To get the link when using Google Scholar off campus, go to Scholar Settings and choose Duke from Library Links.

You can also set your preferred citation tool (Endnote, Refworks) in Scholar Settings for one-click citation export.


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Key Databases

Dissertations, Theses, Master's Projects

Research Tools

From the start: Record and refine your search strategies by keeping a research log (ex. below); saving your search histories in databases; and/or taking screen shots of your searches.

Remember to cite sources as you go.

Citation Managers:



Comparison: RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero

See also: Public Policy Writing