Methodological Tool Box

This is where you can find tools (help with literature-based research, academic writing, map design, etc.), written and visual resources (discipline-specific, multidisciplinary and methodological), and an overview of the types of exercises (written and oral) you will be required to do at the Undergraduate College.

These resources are designed to help you get the most out of your personal study in relation to your courses, complete your assignments and develop pre-professional skills.

Tools for developed practice

This section provides methodological sheets, videos and tutorials designed to help you develop academic and pre-professional skills.

In addition, it is important to consult the information concerning Sciences Po's videoconferencing service (Guides, FAQs and general conditions of use of the service, etc.).

Being aware of the legal environment of your work

Conducting literature-based research, building a bibliography and citing sources

Sheet: Citing sources and creating a bibliography (PDF, 144KB)

Autonomy training for first year students

  • Introductory module: Literature Search Methodology
  • Workshops in small groups (in English and in French) proposed by the Sciences Po library, upon registration
  • Individual support for literature search (in English and in French) by a referent from the Sciences Po library

Developing writing practice

Sheet: Citing sources and creating a bibliography (PDF, 144KB)

Understanding the meaning of images

Resources for further study

This section presents academic content organised by format and topic. These resources will help you consolidate your learning of theory and methodology (understand a notion or concept, analyze a subject by relying with relevance on a variety of documents), and develop your own critical and analytical perspective.

Exercises to make progress

Students are given a wide variety of assignments as part of their coursework. They can be done alone or in groups, in the classroom, at home or remotely, in a limited time or not, by hand or on the computer, in writing or verbally, in several languages, etc.

All assignments demand an unwavering intellectual honesty that eschews plagiarism, and require a genuine personal commitment from students in terms of research, analysis,  structured, precise and critical  thinking—and, finally, imagination.

The examples presented here are not exhaustive and are therefore liable to different interpretations depending on level, subject and teaching style. Faculty are free to decide the nature of the assignments, their format, their weight in the overall grade and how they are assessed.

At the beginning of the semester, students must pay particular attention to the course plan and the instructions given for each exercise. You must never hesitate to ask questions or for help and advice from your lecturers, tutors and academic coordinators.

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