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POL 270 Scope and Methods of Political Science Research: Find Articles

The purpose of this research guide is to aid in the examination of the scope of the discipline of political science and the methodological skills used in the study of political phenomena.

Scholarly or Popular Periodical? What's the difference?

View a YouTube video via the link below for a discussion of scholary and popular information.

Hard copy Periodicals

These titles are available at Ryan Library in the periodical section next to the reference area.

  • American Political Science Review
  • The China Quarterly
  • The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Harvard International Review
  • International Organization
  • International Security
  • The Journal of Modern Africa Studies
  • The Journal of Politics
  • The Middle East Journal
  • Middle East Report (MER)
  • The Muslim World
  • Pacific Affairs
  • Political Science Quarterly (PSQ)
  • Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
  • World Politics

Ryan Library Databases


Ryan Library databases are subscriptions provided to the PLNU community for online access to journal and magazine articles and/or citations. 

You can access databases from off campus

When you click on the link the next page will ask for your PLNU Network ID and  your PLNU password.  This ID and password are the same ones you use to access Canvas and campus Gmail

Recommended databases for this field of study include:


Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.

Requesting Articles from Other Libraries

You may request articles that are not available at Ryan Library from other libraries.

Click Here to Request Articles

Citing resources

Endnote is a Web-based tool for managing and citing references in papers and creating bibliographies.  EndNote has numerous citation styles including APA, MLA, Chicago (Turabian).  EndNote is available to current members of the PLNU community.  Use your 8-digit PLNU ID card number to access EndNote Web.