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POLSC 165 - Political Science Research Methods - Stephens

A guide to finding and evaluating scholarly sources for Stephen's Fall 2018 POLSC 165 class


Use the videos below to see how easy it is to find academic journal articles in two of our most used databases.

Use EBSCOhost Databases to Find Academic Journal Articles


Searching for Academic Articles in Gale Databases

Scholarly, Substantive, and Popular Sources

Finding Peer Reviewed Articles in the Databases

The MJC Library subscribes to several databases providing access to peer-reviewed journals. Not only do these databases provide access to this type of material, but they allow you to limit your searches to retrieve only peer-reviewed content. The two below are a great place to start.

Political Science Journals


The sheer number of journals available through a general EBSCohost search can be intimidating.  There is definitely something to be said for narrowing your search to journal that you know will be written from the perspective of a political scientist.  That's what the link below does.  Click on it, and you will be directed to an Ebscohost search that has been limited to Political Science Journals.

Specialized Ebscohost Search

Please keep in mind that this search only searches a very small number of journals. However, they all deal directly with Political Science, they are all full text, and they are all scholarly.