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PSCI 3300: Introduction to Political Research

Library research guide for PSCI 2300

Introduction to Political Research

This class page is for the quantitative methods research paper in the PSCI 3300 course (Introduction to Political Research); however, it has basic research steps and tools that are useful for any quantitative research you do. By the end of this class, you have completed a quantitative methods research paper, and each page of this guide is designed to help walk you through this type of research design.

If you find you need more help, use the Ask Us services. Library reference staff members can be reached in person and through phone and email. You may also contact the Subject Librarian for the Political Science Department, Brea Henson.

What is on Course Reserve for this Class?


Pollock, Philip. 2019. Essentials of political analysis + an SPSS companion to political analysis, 6th ed. 


Check with your professor to make sure this is the book that they will be using for your class.

Where to Find your Course Reserves

Your text books are located at the Sycamore Library Services Desk on two hour reserve (you will need your UNT ID card).

Finding Course Reserves

  • Visit the Course Reserves page to search by course letter or your instructor's last name.
  • Option 1: Search PSCI 2300 in the SEARCH BY COURSE CODE​ search box.
  • Option 2: Search your professor's name by using the SEARCH BY INSTRUCTOR NAME (LAST, FIRST) search box.
  • Take the call number and your UNT ID card to the Sycamore Library Services Desk to request the book.

Alternative Text: Sage Research Methods Online

Statistics for Political Analysis will be an introduction to stats geared to political science students. Marchant-Shapiro will focus on the statistical tools most often used by political scientists and will use political examples, cases, and data throughout to show students how to answer real questions about politics using real political data. Her goal is to provide clear and accessible explanation and instruction so students not only understand the math, but can do the math. But instead of focusing on equations, Marchant-Shapiro will take a “how to” approach to doing the math, making the book much more approachable to political science students. Each chapter follows a 4-part structure: 1) the concept will be introduced with a real world example; 2) the statistical measure will be calculated using math; 3) the statistical concept will be used to solve a real-world problem using a political example, and 4) the student will use the concept to solve another real-world problem. Her exercises include those requiring hand-calculations and those requiring a statistical package like SPSS, and ask students to produce memos to emphasize how marketable and applicable their new skills are to a broad array of careers and jobs. This book is online and available through the Sage Research Methods Online Database.

General Library Information

General Library Information

UNT Libraries Locations

UNT has several libraries. Most Political Science materials can be found on the Mezzanine Level of Sycamore Library, which is located inside Sycamore Hall You can find a map of library locations here:

The UNT Libraries offer a variety of service for our students:

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