Skip to main content

PS 0866 World Affairs - Globalization Spring 2012: Library Research Assignment

Library research assignment Spring 2012, Sections 1-4


Political Science 866
Globalization Library Research Assignment and PPT

Spring 2012
Due: April 30, 2012, no later than 11:59 pm.
Submit completed PowerPoint slide deck through Blackboard
The Assignment: Twelve to fifteen PowerPoint slides, following the template posted in Blackboard for this course in the folder “Library/PPT project Spring 2012.”

Project Overview and Raison d'être
Thus far this term, we have read a lot of different sources about a lot of different topics, but all of them involved students reading what had been assigned.  As part of your General Education curriculum, however, Temple would like you to get into the habit of finding, on your own, useful books, scholarly articles, newspaper articles, and other useful sources – rather than, say, just Googling the issue you’re interested in, or checking Wikipedia. In fact, using information from Wikipedia will lower your grade substantially.

In this assignment, you will not explore the full range of possible sources, but we do want to get you familiarized with using one database – the Proquest Newsstand database – to find high-quality newspaper articles on specific topics.  And you must learn how to cite newspaper articles properly; newspaper articles will make up a fair proportion of your sources for future term papers and projects. 

Possible Topics

You should research one (1) of the following topics:

1)    United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) (select only one)
Global security, including:

a.    one regional alliance system

b.    transnational terrorism

c.    transnational criminal organizations

Global economy, perhaps ONE of the following:

a.    a specific IPE IO (IMF, World Bank Group, WTO, or similar)

b.    the globalized operations of a specific TNC
c.    an anti-globalization social movement

4)    Environmental treaties, perhaps ONE of the following:
Montreal Ozone Protocol

b.    Kyoto Protocol
c.    the Antarctic Treaty system

How to Proceed: Specific Instructions
•    So you’ll head for the Proquest Newsstand  database and find at least eight good articles.  If you’ve never visited Proquest Newsstand  database before, it is not hard to use to help you find articles:
•    Start by going to the Temple library web page:

•    You will come to the main library screen, and toward the upper left hand side of the page, you’ll see “Find Articles” in red, and then a series of blue options immediately below that.

•    Click on “All databases A-Z.”
 You’ll find yourself at a long list of databases, many of which are terrific, but for now let’s scroll down to Proquest Newsstand, and click on that. (You will see a number of databases that begin with the name Proquest, so choose carefully.)
•    If you’re accessing the page from off-campus, the site will ask for your username and password – go ahead and enter them.

•    The Advanced Search will give you a chance to enter three search terms (you can add more lines if you wish), and decide where in the article they should appear (see the drop-down menu labeled “All fields +text”).
•    Your topic has to do with MDG gender equality. So, try searching for various combinations of these and other search terms, and see what you get. Put the word AND between terms to narrow a search.  So, for example, for "United Nations MDG goal of gender equality", enter United Nations AND gender equality AND MDG.  The more terms you add, the more specific your search will be.

•    To make the search work well, initially limit your search to terms that appear in the “Abstract – AB” field (see the drop-down menu labeled “All fields +text”.)  Try using different combinations of search terms, run the search, and see what you get.
•    If your search is too specific, you might get zero or just a few hits. Learning to run a good search that gives you a moderate number of articles, and the right kind of articles. It takes some trial and error, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
•    Once you have run some good searches, read a few articles that look most promising, and pick eight that you will read and use in your assignment.
•    Please pick at least one article from either the New York Times or the Washington Post (once you have search results, you can select just these newspapers from the “Publication title +” list on the right side of the page under “Narrow results by”) and one article from a foreign newspaper of your choice.
•    You can read the articles on-screen, or you can print, save, or export them using the options on the upper right side of the page.

All work that you submit must be properly cited and be your own work. Do not cheat. If you plagiarize, you will fail this assignment.