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Political Science Research Guide: Your writing

Writing political science essays

Be an organized writer

  • Annotated bibliographies
  • Research essays
  • Policy briefs
  • Literature reviews
  • Critical reflections
  • Article reviews

Conducting reviews

"What type of review could you write?" 
The flow chart from Yale's Medical Library can help you choose a method of knowledge (evidence) synthesis that fits your project.

Below: details about three review types that scholars might conduct.

Writing and Communication Centre

UWaterloo's Writing and Communication Centre.

Meet with teaching associates about any writing project. Work with them on:

  • writing anything from a memo to a major research paper
  • learning how to revise, edit, and proofread
  • organizing your thoughts and ideas
  • incorporating your research and citing sources

Style guides

Get help with your writing and formatting citations.

Establish yourself as an author

1. Create your open researcher identification

Consider creating an Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCiD provides you with a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher.

  • ORCiD enables you to obtain a unique 16 digit identification number that can be used to tie you to your work.

2. Know your author rights

  • Author Rights (UWaterloo Library guide) 
    Your Rights, and Keeping Them; Publishing Considerations; Theses Concerns

3. Submit your work for publication

For example: "The Sankofa Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies is a peer-reviewed journal that supports the amplification of subaltern and marginalized voices at the University of Waterloo. The journal encourages submissions from all University of Waterloo communities (staff, faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students) from across all faculties and disciplines. Sankofa encourages us to 'look back' to 'move forward' by challenging traditional and eurocentric ideals of scholarship. We seek interdisciplinary works (original content that is rooted with-in and with-out the academe) that are rooted in praxis."

Reference management software

Programs such as RefWorks and Zotero can simplify citing sources and generating bibliographies in proper format.