Political science research is first reported by researchers in academic journals and books. Sometimes, research with a general interest will get reported in magazines and newspapers and this can be a big help in understanding what scholars are trying to say. But most research develops out of the news and out of public awareness. As scholarly interest in a topic grows, there begins to be a group of scholars who begin to connect with each other in a pattern you can see. The pattern emerges in who they cite or refer to in their work.
This citation pattern is called an invisible college andit is important to get some awareness of who these scholars and what are their main articles and books. Some scholars rise to prominence and have research that most other scholars refer to as the most accepted research. These are the big names one should know.
So, there is a need to look in two different directions-- at the foundation works, the most accepted research, and the very new research to see who is being cited most now.
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.
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 between these two. In fact, the easiest way to start a topic search in Web of Science (which Social Sciences Citation Index is part of) is to go to Google Scholar through this link and search a topic. There will be links to Web of Science for an article or book in Google Scholar has been cited by a journal in Web of Science.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts - this searches for just scholarly articles in political science journals and journals in related fields. Particulary good for searching for articles in European scholarly journals.
Historical Abstracts covers academic journal articles on the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). Also very useful for book reviews.
Academic Search Premier This searches for both scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers with some coverage across almost all academic fields and topics.
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.)
Rich source of full-text newspaper and magazine articles, as well as law and medical sources.
Annual Reviews Online Critical reviews of the most significant primary research literature in 32 disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences.
Access World News News sources, primarily newspapers, from most of the countries in the world in English. LexisNexis Academic also has foreign newspapers and some foreign language sources. Library PressDisplay has actual scanned images of newspapers from around the world, usually in the language of the country.
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.
To find journal titles Temple University has access to, use the link to "Find Full-text" in the databases, or else use Journal Finder to look up the name of a journal.
If Temple does not have a journal, order articles through Interlibrary Loan.