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POSC 230: Methods of Political Research

Professor Christina Farhart - Fall 2021

Political Science and International Relations

The following are core indexes to the political science journal literature.

Search Catalyst for Articles



Search broad, interdisciplinary databases in order to find articles from areas in which you might not have thought to look.

Social Sciences

Political Science journals are also indexed here; you will also find your research topic covered in other disciplines.


These indexes provide excellent coverage of topical media, such as newspapers and magazines, often from around the world.

Working Papers and Dissertations

Turn to these databases and websites to locate pre-published papers.

Looking for Articles

Tip: Usually, it's helpful to start a search trying out lots of synonyms for your topic.  Then, narrow your search using the precise subject terms (e.g. tags) each database uses to sort its articles into categories.