Why use scholarly articles?
- this is an EBSCO database, so you can use any search tips/techniques that you've used in Academic Search Complete in the past
- when you find an article that you think will be particularly helpful, click into the detailed record and look at the "subject terms"; these are hyperlinks that will take you to other articles on that topic
- you can also explore the subject terms by clicking on the "Subject" link in the left sidebar after you run a search; clicking "show more" will take you to a screen where you can select subjects and combine them in a new, more refined search
- go immediately to the Advanced Search screen
- below the search area, check the box by "Article" and limit to appropriate disciplines (Political Science, etc.)
- start with a broad search, e.g., "presidential power," "third-party election success," etc.
- when you get your results, use the links on the left under "Subject" or "Subject: Thesaurus Term" on the left side to narrow your search even more; clicking "show more" will take you to a screen where you can select subjects and combine them in a new, more refined search
- this database includes scholarly sources such as , but also conference reports, documents from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other non-scholarly - but still very useful - sources
Depending on your topic, you may find it helpful to consult sources outside the field of political science. Possibilities might include sociology; women's, gender, and sexuality studies; medicine; etc. You can find additional databases in these areas by consulting the Research Guides for those areas.
Here are some specific database suggestions; to find these, go to the appropriate letter in our A-Z Resources list.