Advice from Fellow International Studies Students
(printable version here)
Juliet Lee '12
- Don't assume. Be sure to be able to support your claims with ample support from sources, especially primary sources.
- For papers that involve controversial issues, be sure to research and understand both sides. This will help in understanding the complexities of the issue and focusing your argument.
- Keep up with class readings and note taking. Often times, these readings can come in handy when writing papers.
Behnaz Varamini '10
- Be sure to know the political science behind what you are talking about. Do not throw terms around without really understanding what they mean in the given context.
- Context! It is very important to research the background of what you're writing about (especially for final research papers). Understanding the background information is beneficial to your analysis and and building your argument.
- When researching, be sure to read various sources.
- When researching, try to find primary sources. Primary sources provide factual and valid information about the given topic. These documents are free of any manipulation/alteration from an author of a secondary source.
- Be sure to take advantage of the library! The research librarians are super helpful. See the UR library website and "Ask a Librarian."
- Tip: Always edit. Read your writing out loud to make sure you have explained everything properly. Also, this is a great way to catch grammatical or formating errors. I wish I had done that more.
- Meet with your professor early and often. It's important to seek their advice about your topics/research/progression.
Anne Bryant '10
- Knowing and mastering Chicago/Turabian citations during freshman year is really useful.
- I usually end IS papers by suggesting areas for further research--that's definitely something I did not do prior to taking IS classes.
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