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Introduction to Researching in Public Administration
Public Administration is a multidisciplinary field. It touches upon psychology, medicine, economics, sociology, politics, and law. Therefore, to be an effective researcher you will need to develop research strategies that best match your needs.
Whether you're looking for books, articles, or reports you'll need to learn how to narrow and broaden your searches and how to use various research tools.
This guide will help you with all of these things, but you might also start with PSU's Library Research Tutorial to brush-up on your library and research skills.
Use the tabs above to navigate through the following pages of the guide:
Find Books - find print and eBooks and learn how the library can get you books we don't have in our collection.
Find Articles - search for articles online and in print. Recommends the best resources for finding public administration articles.
Find Statistics - find the best places for statistics useful for research and study of public administration.
Policy Research - find the best places for researching policy locally and nationally.
Health & Health Administration - find the best places for and research tutorials for health & health administration.
Ovid MEDLINE Help - find guidance on using Ovid MEDLINE to search for articles related to health & health administration.
Keeping Current - find the best places to keep up with local news and public policy and politics hot topics.
Citing Sources - find guidance on the best way to cite sources and appropriately attribute research.
Library DIY: Quick Research Help When You Need It!
Have a quick research question? Need help getting unstuck? Try Library DIY, a system designed to answer the questions librarians frequently get at the reference desk. It was created to help you quickly get the answers you need whenever and wherever you need them so that you can get back to your work and your life.