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Political Science Scope and Methods (POL2070): Articles and Databases

A research guide for Dr. Lindsey Lupo's Poltical Science Scope and Methods (POL2070) course.

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Request an Article

InterLibrary Loan allows members of the PLNU community to request articles from another library.

Before you request an article, complete the following steps to verify that the article is not available at PLNU:

  1. Find out if the journal is full text in one of our databases. 
  2. Find out if the journal (hard copy) is located in Ryan Library. 
  3. Use InterLibrary Loan to request the article. 

Library Databases on Political Science

Exploring your topic

Search your topic in the Credo Reference database and browse a few articles.

Recommended databases for Political Science Scope and Methods (all databases require PLNU login):

(Hint: Since these are EBSCO databases, you can search the three databases above at the same time by clicking on "Choose Databases" once you are inside one of the databases. Check the box of the names of the databases you would like to search simultaneously.)

Additional databases recommended for Political Science students include:

Accessing Specific Journals

To determine if Ryan Library provides full-text access to specific journals, type or copy/paste the journal title into the Journals Directory located on the Library's homepage (click on the 3rd tab in the middle search box). Some journals will be available in more than one database and may only have certain publication dates available in each database. Many journals have embargos placed on them by their publishers, meaning their most recent content is not yet available in full-text through a library database. For example, it's common to see a database that provides access to the publication years "2007 to 18 months ago" OR "1993 to 1 year ago." For help accessing journals, contact librarian Robin Lang at

Instructions: 1) With your partner, copy the title of your assigned journal(s) into the Journals Directory on the Library's homepage. On a separate Good doc or Word doc, type or copy/paste the name of the database(s) the journal is available through, including the available date range. 2) Then find one full-text article in the journal(s) of interest. 3) Answer this question: Did you experience any challenges finding a full-text article in your journal?

  1. Journal of Politics:
  2. American Journal of Political Science:
  3. British Journal of Political Science: 
  4. American Political Science Review: 
  5. Journal of Democracy:
  6. World Politics:
  7. Journal of Conflict Resolution (Note: Two titles are listed, so make sure you use the correct one.):
  8. Public Administration (Note: Eight titles are listed, so make sure you use the correct one.):
  9. Comparative Politics:
  10. Political Communication: