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Political Science: Articles

Introduction to information sources for Political Science topics.

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Use the research databases, below, that index, describe, and add subject terms to articles-- all of which makes it easier to find relevant material. Be sure to look carefully at the results and search other terms if you see them. The databases often provide the text of the article or a way to find the article through other library sources.

LexisNexis Academic Rich source of full-text newspaper and magazine articles, as well as law and medical sources.

Academic Search Complete This searches for both scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers.

Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science) - Best tool for finding articles in scholarly journals that scholars refer to most. The sources are all selected on the basis of their impact on scholarly publishing, so you can be confident about the quality of the publication.  This is an excellent tool for tracking down who has used a paper in their own research.  Google Scholar has a similar "cited by" link that leads to a much wider (less selective) set of material.  It is interesting to compare results.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts - this searches for just scholarly articles

Google Scholar is a subset of Google Web Search that searches specifically for scholarly materials such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and technical reports from broad areas of research. By searching Google Scholar through Temple's library web site through the links above, you will automatically have direct access, both on and off campus, to subscription articles already paid for through the library. Just look for the "Find Full-Text @ TU" link within search results.

Keep in mind that Google Scholar uses rankings that will likely bring up highly cited material that may also be quite old to the top of the results.  You can use the year range to limit to more current results (labeled "anytime" towards the top of the search results page in Google Scholar and "Date" in Google Advanced Search.)



Additional Databases

All Research Databases at Temple
Subject and alphabetical lists. Political Science databases are listed under Social Science & Education.

Proquest Newsstand - searches for newspaper articles from around the world.  You can limit the search to sources from or about a particular country, state or city. The daily and archives of articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News are here.

Library PressDisplay - provides access to issues from the last 60 days of over 300 newspapers from around the world.

World News Connection - searches all kinds of media from a country and translates it to English if it is in another language

Annual Reviews Online  Use this for comprehensive literature reviews on topics See Annual Review of Political Science in particular.

Business Source Complete  Use business databases for topics related to the intersection of business and politics, such as globalization.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)

Edited site that publishes "a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs."

Proquest Statistical Insight
LexisNexis Statistical puts millions of facts and figures at your fingertips. Well over 400,000 indexed tables of data from federal, state and private sources are available for search and retrieval, with tens of thousands more added yearly. In addition, LexisNexis Statistical provides online access to the following highly respected finding aids for statistical data:

National Journal Political Resources
Includes the following resources from the National Journal Group: --National Journal - Read the leading nonpartisan weekly on politics, policy and government. --The Hotline - Track American politics and campaigns with coverage of each day's political news. --CongressDaily -

Phildalephia Inquirer and Daily News Archives

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is composed of a number of specialized research networks in the social sciences. Topics covered by networks include accounting, economics, financial economics, legal scholarship, and management. Conference papers from the annual American Political Science Association (APSA) can be found here.





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