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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

Case Studies

Search your topic in these databases, with "case study" as a second term in the search.

Seminar Paper on 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.

Critique one Peer-Reviewed Article

Search any database listed above, but use limiters to Peer Reviewed or Scholarly. Feel free to email me if you want to make sure the item you are looking at is scholarly/peer-reviewed. From your syllabus:

  1. 1)  Brief synopsis of the article (no more than four sentences).
  2. 2)  Significant argument(s) of the author(s)
  3. 3)  Critical analysis of findings and the argument(s).
  4. 4)  Important questions and implications raised by the argument.
  5. 5)  Reflection on the article in terms of the arguments significance for the field and you.

Writing a Literature Review