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Research Guides

PADM 601: Principles of Public Administration

Search Term Examples

You may have to include government or non-profit as a search term.

  • bureaucracy
  • "central government"
  • "country comparison"
  • growth
  • "political development"
  • "political power"
  • "political science theories"
  • "public sector"
  • "corporate culture"
  • excellence
  • "high performing organizations"
  • "new governance"
  • performance
  • "organizational behavior"
  • disparities
  • inequalities
  • "social equity"
  • "social responsibility"
  • "information technology"

Sample Research terms
(Include these if there are many peer-reviewed results):

  • Best practices
  • Evidence-based
  • Empirical
  • Longitudinal

Nia Rodgers

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Nia Rodgers
Public Affairs Research Librarian
(804) 828-8565
Cabell Library, Room 121

1. Internal / Operational Aspects

2. Policies & Issues

3. Multidisciplinary

The following three databases cover many different subjects, but none in great depth. Very good for retrieving materials from other disciplines.

4. Cited References Search

Web of Science provides ways to find out how many times an article has been cited. Caveat: Much stronger in the sciences than in the social sciences.

Basic Search: Enter a topic, e.g., "vocational rehabilitation", sort results by 'Times Cited,' and then use the limits on the left, e.g., 'PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH.'

Cited Reference Search: Select to find articles citing a noted author and/or article.