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This guide is a starting point for research required by PLSC 330 Modern Comparative Government. The sources on this page include news and geography.



This guide is for students who are researching and writing country profiles or research papers for PLSC 330: Modern Comparative Government.

How to Use this Guide

Visit the sources shared here as a solid starting place for your research. Every link I've given you will lead to credible sources that are appropriate for your class. These links also lead to full-text material that is fully accessible online, or can be requested in full by contacting your librarian to complete the process. You can email anytime for help or visit to chat with a librarian during the day.  

Note: All images used in this guide are under a Creative Commons license. Always remember to check the copyright status of images you use for school or work.

News Sources

These news sources are available free through the PUC Library or online. News Databases allow you to search by keyword for full-text articles from or about your country of interest. You can also search for individual news titles available through the library, such as the Washington Post, and browse recent issues. Occasionally, online news outlets allow you to read articles before asking for a subscription; some of these are recommended below.

News Databases
Individual Title Search

Facts by Country

These trusted sources draw on reliable facts and statistics to generate multi-faceted reports by country. Read these reports to provide background and contextualization for recent news articles and events.

Profiles by Agency

Citing Sources in Turabian

What is Turabian Style?

Based on Kate L. Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Turabian citation style presents two basic documentation systems: notes-bibliography style (or simply bibliography style) and author-date style (previously called parenthetical citations–reference list style). These styles are essentially the same as those presented in The Chicago Manual of Style with slight modifications for the needs of student writers. The examples here will get you started, but do not rely on these examples for formatting such as indents. It is always a good idea to double-check the style guide or official online resources such as listed below.

Notes/Bibliography style is used widely in literature, history, and the arts. This style presents bibliographic information in footnotes or endnotes and, usually, a bibliography.



Bibliographic Entry

Books in print

1. Wendy Doniger, Splitting the Difference (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999), 65.

Doniger, Wendy. Splitting the Difference. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

An article in a print journal

8. John Maynard Smith, “The Origin of Altruism,” Nature 393 (1998): 639.

Smith, John Maynard. “The Origin of Altruism.” Nature 393 (1998): 639–40.

An article in an electronic journal

33. Campbell Brown. "Consequentialize This," Ethics 121, no. 4 (July 2011): 751,

Brown, Campbell. "Consequentialize This." Ethics 121, no. 4 (July 2011): 749-71.

A website

11. "Privacy Policy,” Privacy & Terms, Google, last modified April 17, 2017,

Google. “Privacy Policy.” Privacy & Terms. Last modified April 17, 2017.


Author-date style has long been used in the physical, natural, and social sciences. In this system, sources are briefly cited in parentheses in the text by author’s last name and date of publication. The parenthetical citations are amplified in a list of references, where full bibliographic information is provided.


Parenthetical  Citation

Reference List

Books in print

(Doniger 1999, 65)

Doniger, Wendy. 1999. Splitting the Difference. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

An article in a print journal

(Smith 1998, 639)

Smith, John Maynard. 1998. "The Origin of Altruism." Nature 393: 639–40.

An article in an electronic journal

(Kiser 2011, 340)

Kiser, Lisa J. 2011. "Silencing the Lambs: Economics, Ethics, and Animal Life in Medieval Franciscan Hagiography." Modern Philology 108, no. 3 (February): 323-42.

A website

(Google 2017)

Google. 2017. “Privacy Policy.” Privacy & Terms. Last modified April 17, 2017.

(Sources: Turabian Guide website A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations, 9th ed.)