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MPA Capstone Research: Home

Resources and search tips for MPA students

Database Search tips

  • Use keywords, not sentences or questions. Library databases are not as forgiving as Google. Searches must be more precise and use as few words as possible to convey your topic.
  • Break up your keywords/ideas into separate boxes when they are provided on the search interface
  • try synonyms, related terms, and narrower or broader terms
  • Put quotes around phrases, such as "public administration" and "succession planning"

These are some of the top databases for Public Administration Research:

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