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Political Science: Research Basics

New Research Resource



Check Sage's Research Basics page for Political Science and International Relations.

Use the Project Planner to get an overview of the research process.  


Research Basics - Begin Here!

Learn about your topic: discover main issues, key players and organizations, theoretical frameworks, pros and cons, etc.


Use the International Relations Bibliography to learn about your  research topic. Popular bibliographies include Human Rights, Counterinsurgency, Genocides, and Conflict Resolution.


    Examines pros and cons of current topics with a focus on international issues.  




   Policy File Index                        Reports from think tanks and research organizations.                                                            



These are examples of discipline-specific encyclopedias.  Use these resources to find overviews which cover major aspects of a topic and highlight key issues related to that topic.

Check out our new Research Tutorials!

How do I find peer-reviewed articles? (Video)       How do I find peer-reviewed articles? (Slides)

Is this article peer reviewed?  (Video)                    Is this article peer reviewed? (Slides)

Use Ulrich's Web to find information about a journal, including its type (i.e., trade, consumer, scholarly, peer-reviewed).    In Ulrich's, the referee's shirt indicates peer-reviewed content.

Many library search engines provide a peer-reviewed selection box.  Once clicked, this feature limits search results to scholarly, peer-reviewed materials.  Many of the criminology/criminal justice search engines available at NU provide this feature, including Academic Search Complete, WorldWide Political Science Abstracts, PAIS, and the Social Sciences Premium Collection.

Several discovery tools for peer-reviewed literature are described below:

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Need more help?

Please e-mail Roxanne Palmatier, library contact for Political Science and International Affairs.