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PLTC 155 - Gender, Power, and Politics: Resources

Article Indexes

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Comparing kinds of sources

Take a look at the following sources:

  1. Dittmar, Kelly, Kira Sanbonmatsu, Susan J. Carroll, Debbie Walsh, and Catherine Wineinger. 2017. “Representation Matters: Women in the U.S. Congress.” New Brunswick, NJ: Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University.
  2. Oliver, Sarah and Meredith Conroy. 2020. Who Runs?: The Masculine Advantage in Candidate Emergence. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  3. Dittmar, Kelly. 2015. “Encouragement is not Enough: Addressing Social and Structural Barriers to Female Recruitment.” Politics & Gender 11(4): 1-7.
  4. Szeliga, Kathy, Diana Waterman, and Amie Hoeber. 2016. "Maryland Needs Women in Congress." The Washington Post, May 8, 2016. 

Evaluate on:

  • Who wrote the source? What can you find out about their credentials?
  • What is the publication or publisher that published this source? Who do you think is its intended audience? Who might read it and why? Is it peer-reviewed, and how can you tell?
  • What kinds of documentation/citation of evidence appear in the source?


  • Which fits the category of "peer-reviewed scholarly source"?
  • Any of these sources could have a use. In what ways is the source you looked at useful? Why would you read one or the other?
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