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POLI 170: Research Methods in Political Science: Databases


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Searching Databases

Finding Articles on your Topic

  • Go to the Library Homepage
  • Go to the Library's Database A-Z list or choose a database by subject.
  • If searching from off-campus, you will need to input your name and barcode number from the back of your ACCESS card to use any library database.


Best Databases

Access World News
This database provides excellent coverage of many newspaers. For addtional newspaper coverage, you can also use the LexisNexis Academic database.

CQ Almanac
The Almanac covers events in Washington with yearly summaries. You can search individual years or multiple years at once.

LexisNexis Congressional
Find bills, laws, and much more about what happens in Congress at this site.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
This is an excellent political science database and is usually the best place to start your research. You might also want to try the PAIS International database which provides similar coverage. Both databases are international in scope.


Getting the Full-Text of Articles

You have 4 options for getting the full-text of a journal article:

1. The database you are using has the full-text article. Just click on the link (pdf version is better).

2. If not, click on FindIt@SCU Libraries:

  • Is the article available in another database (e.g., JSTOR, OmniFile)? If so, click on the link and follow the citation information (volume, issue number, date of publication, etc.)
  • Does the library have this journal in print? It is possible the library has the journal, but not the year you need.

3. If none of the above work, you can request the article from another library via Interlibrary Loan & LINK+. If another library can send the article electronically, this will only take 2-4 business days.


Last Revised by Sophia Neuhaus on September 2, 2010

Social Sciences and Government Information Librarian