Answered By: Sarah Morehouse
Last Updated: May 01, 2015     Views: 4

We commonly get questions about the assignment where you need two articles about "The Two Faces of Power," which is an article from the 1960s about how sociologists and political scientists view power differently. 

All of the articles you need are in the JSTOR database. You can get to it by going to the library web site and clicking Article Databases. Then either use the search box at the top to search for your database by its name, or scroll down to JSTOR, click it, and log in. 

  • Original article is "Two Faces of Power" by Bachrach and Baratz in 1962
  • Bachrach wrote another article, "Decisions and Nondecisions: An Analytical Framework," expanding on the content in 1963.
  • Response article is "Nondecisions and Power: The Two Faces of Bachrach and Baratz," by Debnam in 1975

The easiest way to find them is by searching each title, in quotation marks, in JSTOR.

These can be challenging articles to read. It may help you to print them out*** so that you can mark them up in the following ways:

  • First, skim through the article. Then go back and read it more carefully and start marking it up with a pen.
  • Draw [brackets] around sentences that express the main ideas. 
  • Underline key words and concepts.
  • As you read, questions may arise in your mind, or opinions contrary to what the author is saying. Write them down in the margins of the page.
  • Use the back of the last page to write the gist of the article in your own words. 

*** Printing in JSTOR is a little tricky. 

  1. Get to your article.
  2. Click View PDF in the upper right corner of the page. It will open in a pop-up window.
  3. Hover your mouse over the window until the strip of icons appears at the lower left. Click the one that looks like a printer. 
  4. Go through the usual print dialog that your computer uses. 

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