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POL 4801 Senior Research Seminar: Syllabus

capstone project for political science majors

Class Syllabus for Senior Research Seminar



Political Science 4801: 42441   Senior Research Seminar
Youngstown State University
Department of Political Science
Fall 2019

Slipski, Ron  Lecturer

  • DeBartolo Hall 4254     330-941-2600      
Senior Research Seminar - 42411 - POL 4801 - 02

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Scheduled Meeting Times
Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
Class 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tu TR Cushwa Hall 1519 JAN 14, 2020 -May 7, 2020 Seminar Ron Slipski


Here is a direct link to the current listing of Political Science databases available through Maag and OhioLink.






Library Visit Instructions

The class will meet at the Maag Library Instruction room 406 on Thursday January 23.  

This  is a labor intensive project you are encouraged to visit your Political Science Librarian's office to discuss your paper. You can call 330-941-1719 or email him at to arrange your meeting.   

Mr. Ault  is usually in the library from 9 to 4 Monday through Friday.   Often he is at Maag  for the Thursday hours are 1 to 9 P.M.  A whiteboard on his office door indicates his schedule changes and his phone has voice mail.

He looks forward to discussing your assignments with you.   



Class Readings

Many students have found  that this Maag Library database,  Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a good place to start finding subjects and as the name implies, views from both sides of an issue. 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

Resources are divided into topics which contains numerous full text pieces further categorized by the nature of their material: viewpoints (essays), reference, statistics, magazines and newspapers, images, primary documents and web sites.  Give it a try!

Subject Guide

Bob Ault's picture
Bob Ault
Maag Library
Main Level 2
Information Services Office
Room 209

Steven Colbert wants you to remember "You're On Notice!

You're On Notice!

image created by Kathleen Hanna, librarian at  IUPUI

Department of Politics and International Relations/Rigelhaupt Pre-Law Center

The departmental website ( is your "mothership"  for important links and information on your major.

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Ash and Smoke: The Holocaust in Salonika

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A joint effort of YSU’s Maag Library, History Department and the Department of Media & Academic Computing, this one hour documentary was broadcast by Public Television’s  Western Reserve Public Media  during the 2011-12 season and was rebroadcast in 2013. It may also premiere on WGTE in Toledo. Here is a preview.

This Jambar article discussed the creation of the program. It was featured at the Youngstown Area 2012 Jewish Film Festival and all proceeds from purchased copies  will go to Dr. Saul  Friedman's Scholarship fund for history students studying the Holocaust.  Dr. Friedman died March 31, 2013.

According to the records of the Greek government, 56,500 Jewish citizens lived in the city of Salonika on the eve of the Holocaust.   By December 1944 only three remained.  This is their story–and by extension–it is the story of the Jews of Greece.

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The order form is below and can be mailed to:

                                                                  Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies

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Questions can be directed to the Center at  330-941-1604 or

Ash and Smoke  may also be borrowed from the Maag Library's MultiMedia Center, Call number  DVD 0432.


Ash and Smoke order form