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LIBRARY GUIDE TO PS 2500 - Research Process in Political Science

Article Databases
Political Science: SAGE journals
Full text of peer reviewed journal articles in political science, politics, public administration, and international relations journals. How to export to RefWorks

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel Political Science Complete
Includes both a national and international perspective of political science topics, drawing from scholarly, professional and peer-reviewed sources, and offering considerable full-text content.  Thanks to MeL.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff JSTOR
Full text of core scholarly journals from their beginning to approximately one year ago. Disciplines include botany, business, ecology, general science, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and statistics. Browsable by discipline and full-text searchable across all disciplines. Especially good for historic or classic articles in most fields. Coverage: 1665 to present. How to export to RefWorks

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Google Scholar
You can check the availability of article full text if you use our link to Google Scholar, which will ask you to log in with your OU NetID. How to export to RefWorks  

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Project MUSE
Project Muse provides full-text access to the content from over 400 scholarly journals in the humanities and the social sciences. How to export to RefWorks

Citation Searching

Suppose you find the following citation in the bibliography of a book or article you're reading:
Boutton, A. & Carter, D. B. (2014). Fair-weather allies? Terrorism and the allocation of US foreign aid. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 58(7), 1144-1173.

You think this article will help support your paper. Check to see if KL owns this journal by searching the Library Catalog (perform a Journal Title search using the title of the journal — Journal of Conflict ResolutionNOT the title of the article.)

If Kresge Library does not have this article, you can order a copy through Interlibrary loan.

Need to verify that an article is peer-reviewed? Ulrich's Periodicals Directory Access limited to OU students, faculty, and staff will tell you!

Finding Articles in a Specific Journal
There are two ways to find articles in a specific journal:

1. You may  enter a specific journal title into a database search box by dropping the Keyword Search  to Journal Name or Journal Title (depending on the database you're using).This will return only articles published in that journal.

2. Another option for searching within a specific journal is to find that journal  by searching the Library Catalog (perform a Journal Title search using the title of the journal — Journal of Conflict Resolution). Click for online access to the journal (there may be more than one link - just choose one), and find the "search within this publication/ journal" (or similar language) search box.
Library Contact
Picture: Helen Levenson

Helen Levenson
Assistant Professor

Office: 243 Kresge Library
Office hours:Virtual research consultations are available at days and times that best suit you. Contact me by email to schedule.
Writing Help
Writing Center

Schedule an Appointment with the Writing Center

Writing a Literature Review - Linked from UNC - Chapel Hill

Writing a Literature Review - Linked from University of Wisconsin - Madison

Writing a Literature Review - Linked from Boston College Libraries  This is a multi-page tutorial.

Writing an Annotated Bibliography - Linked from OWL Purdue

Writing Resources for Students  Find in-depth information about the mechanics of writing, MLA/APA citations, avoiding plagiarism, and more.



Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.

Find Books
Library OneSearch - Use the catalog to find books, journal articles, videos, recordings, and databases that are available from the library. 

MeLCat - A statewide catalog of many of Michigan's libraries. It allows you to request books at another library be sent to Kresge Library for you.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan
You may request materials we don't have and we'll borrow them from another library for you.


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