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1 Foreign Policy Research Assignment Political Science 2231 Bruce Fyfe September 16, 2014

2 Agenda What is Grey Literature Your Assignment Getting started with the research

3 Scholarly Publication Cycle Grey Literature Revise & Resubmit Peer review process Index & make accessible If accepted Ethics Approval IDEA! Synthesize & Write Collect data – conduct research Publish! Present at Conference, post working paper, consult colleagues, IR Revise & re- write Submit to Journal If rejected IDEA! ISIS/ISIL XL Pipeline Donetsk – Russia and Ukraine Ebola Crisis Chinese Cyber-espionage United States Border: Child Immigration

4 Grey Literature https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__aRKyOdj1U

5 Information Sources Background Sources EncyclopediasCourse TextbooksClass NotesWikipedia Focused Sources Scholarly BooksScholarly ArticlesGovernment InformationThink Tank/Research Institute Grey Literature

6 The Foreign Policy Research Assignment Due October 10 th Worth 5% of your final grade Conduct a grey literature search in support of a policy recommendation for the Canadian Prime Minister. Choose from one of the topics listed: ISIS/ISIL XL Pipeline Donetsk – Russia and Ukraine Ebola Crisis Chinese Cyber-espionage United States Border: Child Immigration

7 Why this Assignment? The first step towards your policy brief Get started early on your research Master effective search techniques Critically evaluate sources Write and format a list of Works Cited

8 Your Assignment Will Include… 2.Write a preliminary policy recommendation that indicates the focus of the Brief that would be given to the Canadian Prime Minister. This policy brief recommends: to protect Canadian Arctic Sovereignty the Canadian government should pursue a policy of increased cooperation with international partners on Arctic transportation, research and energy development.

9 Your Assignment will Include… 3. Identify and list at least 3 key concepts (keywords) in your brief. This policy brief will recommend that to protect Canadian Arctic Sovereignty the Canadian government should pursue a policy of increased cooperation with international partners on Arctic transportation, research and energy development.

10 Your Assignment will Include… 3. Identify and list at least 3 key concepts (keywords) in your brief. This policy brief will recommend that to protect Canadian Arctic Sovereignty the Canadian government should pursue a policy of increased cooperation with international partners on Arctic transportation, research and energy development.

11 Your Assignment will Include… 4. Provide 3 synonyms for each Key Concept for the essay topic. Canadian Arctic : Canada, Arctic, Northern Canada, Nunavut, Inuit, Yukon, Northwest Territories Sovereignty: Jurisdiction, control, dominion Transportation: shipping, passage, transit Energy development: “oil and Gas”, “Natural resources”, mining

12 Your Assignment will Include… 5 a. Combine the key concepts in the most effective manner, ie. Write a search string, to search for current, scholarly information that is relevant for the essay. Search String: Canada AND (Arctic OR Nunavut OR Northwest Territories) AND (Sovereignty OR jurisdiction) AND (“Natural resources” OR mining)

13 Why use a Search String? Some interfaces do it for you…

14 Why use a Search String? Some don’t.

15 Your Assignment will Include… 5 b. Provide a rationale for the search strategy: what is the goal of this search string, what do you hope to discover? Rationale: I am trying to find research and government policy related to Arctic sovereignty and natural resources.

16 Your Assignment will Include… 6. Find and access the following resources: Minimum 4 Government information sources (e.g., white paper, hearings, Parliamentary research paper, Debates, Hearings, committee report…) Minimum 2 Think Tank resources (e.g., Policy paper, report) Minimum 2 Academic research resources that ARE NOT Peer reviewed journal articles (e.g., thesis or dissertation, working paper, conference papers, preprints) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyMT08m D7Ds&index=12&list=PLBC826C3769B18E1F

17 Your Assignment will Include… 6.a Work cited list: properly formatted using MLA Style Citation rules 6b. List of resources by Source type. You will be evaluated on: Completeness of citation Correct formatting Correct order of information

18 Getting Started

19 Questions? Bruce Fyfe ext Weldon Research Help Check Research Guides:


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