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PSCI 3062: Revolution and Political Violence

Jubilating protesters greet passers-by from a back of a truck, in central Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Course Guide Contents

Finding Background Information

Finding Books

Finding Articles

Finding News

Search Strategies

Citing Your Work

Additional Help


Finding Background Information

Reference works are an ideal place to start your research. These readings will provide background information like dates, geography, history, person's involved etc...


Hundreds of full-text, online reference texts with an emphasis on history, U.S. and World politics, and government.


The following example may be of particular interest to your course.

Revolutionary Movements in World History: From 1750 to the Present, edited by James V. DeFronzo. 2006

CRS Reports CU

Incredibly valuable summaries of important issues written by professional researchers for members of Congress. CRS reports include reports of current and historical legislation, and can cover policy concerns, legislative issues, foreign affairs, and much more. Click deselect all in the "limit to" box and then select CRS reports 1916 - Present


CQ Press Electronic Library CU

The "definitive" reference resource for studying history, government, and public policy in the United States government


Gale Virtual Reference Library CU

Comprehensive database of encyclopedia's, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.


Library of Congress Country Studies

Incredibly valuable for students looking for a good summary of history and conflict.


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Finding Books

ACLS Humanities E-Books

Otherwise known as the "History E-Book" collection, ACLS Humanities provides a large collection of fully searchable history books.

Keyword Searching in Chinook

For advice on conducting a Keyword Search in Chinook Plus or Classic see Search Strategies

Subject Searching in Chinook

Use Chinook Classic to conduct a Subject Heading search for books


This strategy works best in Chinook Classic.


Select "Subject" from the pull-down menu and type your search string to view the results.


















Your search results will look like this:


It is very helpful to browse nearby subject headings for more ideas.


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Finding Articles

Historical Abstracts CU

Articles date back to 1450 and cover topics like military history and world history


America History and Life CU

This database contains journal articles that cover the history and culture of the United States and Canada


American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies Online (ABSEES) CU

Covers North American scholarship on East-Central Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Union.


International Political Science Abstracts CU

Try keyword searches in conjunction with a political theory or theorist.


Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies CU

This database is an index of "research, policy, and scholarly discourse on the countries and peoples of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa". Useful for students studying revolution and conflict in this region


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Finding News

Proquest Newsstand CU

Full-text of 500+ U.S. and International newspapers


Factiva CU

Full-text local, regional, national and international news


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Search Strategies

Search Strategy Worksheet

Start by using this worksheet to develop your search strategy and record your keywords.

Conducting a Keyword Search in Chinook Plus or Classic

Type the event as a phrase (in quotes).

For example: “cuban revolution”


Alternatively, try the name of the place and another term. 

For example: Greece AND “war of independence.


In some cases it may be necessary to add a date (particularly for countries that have had more than one conflict).

For example: Chechnya AND Russia AND 1994


To research the origins of a conflict, add terms (use an asterisk to include plurals or extensions).


revolution AND cause*  

revolution AND origin*  

revolution AND “case studies”


Group alternate terms with OR. For example: 


revolution OR rebellion  

conflict OR “civil war”


Consider other keywords:

  • Factions, rebels, militias, movements, other groups by name, i.e. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
  • Governing bodies, regimes, i.e.  Old Regime (Haiti)  or Estado Novo (Portugal)
  • People – individuals, tribes, ethnicities, i.e. Yasser Arafat, Sunni, Serbs or Serbians
  • Consider alternate spelling:  Kronstadt  OR  Kronshtadt,  Qadhafi OR Gaddafi
  • Consider broader and narrower terms, i.e Ayacucho (instead of Peru)  or  Yugoslavia (instead of Kosovo)
  • Once you have found resources using keyword terms, look at Subject Headings to find other resources

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Citing Your Work

Citing Sources
This guide goes over the various formats you can use to cite materials. It also provides links to quick citation sheets.


RefWorks CU
RefWorks is a database that lets you save your citations and then format them in the style of your choice. Check out this quick guide for help using this resource. FAQS for RefWorks: Tips on getting started and instructions on how to use RefWorks.  Use the tab, Adding Resources, to find information on the various ways to add bibliographic information for your sources.

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Additional Help


We are always happy to answer questions or set up appointments to have a more in-depth discussion of your research.


You can also go to the How Do I? page for additional assistance..


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