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All Political Science Subject Guide

Political Science Research Competencies

 The competent political science researcher is able to:

  • Determine the nature and extent of needed information
  • Access needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically, and incorporate selected information into his/her knowledge-base and value system
  • Use information effectively to accomplish specific purposes
  • Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

**Adapted from ALA/ACRL/LPSS, “Political Science Research Competency Guidelines,” 2008