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POL 4801 Senior Research Seminar: Syllabus

capstone project for political science majors

Class Syllabus for Senior Research Seminar

 Hello and welcome students to the William F. Maag Library at Youngstown State University! 


I am Bob Ault the Information Services Librarian for the  Department of Politics and International Relations 


and Rigelhaupt Pre-Law Center.  I  greet your capstone class along with our Senior student assistant 


Billy Maag, who has been a student here since 1976.  He assures me that he has finally stopped changing


majors and should graduate  this semester. . . or  the next . . .


Due to the unique challenges we all are facing this year, feel free to contact me directly if you are having issues doing your research.  I will generally be on campus Mondays and Thursdays and work remotely the other weekdays.  We all have been experiencing technical difficulties as we transition to the online environment so remember that patience is a virtue, start early so you have time for changes. and may you have good results with your classes this fall.    

Senior Research Seminar - 42411 - POL 4801 - 02

Adam L. Fuller, Ph.D., Associate Professor


  • Here is a direct link to the current listing of Political Science databases available through Maag and OhioLink.   Online access varies from platform to platform so visit the Maag homepage for instructions and updates.
  • The tabs above will take you to other pages that you may find useful.  For the most up to date information,  visit the Maag homepage often.
  • Currently Maag stacks are closed to the public.  Take the opportunity to request our items online. Our staff will retrieve them for you. Pick them up at the circulation desk.   For Microform Center materials,  please contact me directly.






Library Visit Instructions

This  is a labor intensive project so 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 available the library from 9 to 4 Monday through Friday.   Often he is at Maag  for the Thursday hours are 1 to 8 P.M.  A

He looks forward to discussing your assignments with you,  in person or remotely.   



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

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

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

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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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