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History and Political Science Research Guide: Articles and Databases

A research guide to access hard-copy and online resources. "We are all inseparable from our times. If you don't know history, it is as if you were born yesterday." Howard Zinn, Historian

Library Databases

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

Recommended databases for History and Political Science students include:

Requesting Materials from Other Libraries

Use this option when requesting items that are not available at Ryan Library:

      InterLibrary Loan

  • Articles, books, and other materials can be requested from InterLibrary Loan.

***Ebooks are rarely available via InterLibrary Loan***      (Licensing restrictions limit the sharing of digital resources.)

  • Ebook chapters may be more readily obtained than the entire book. Keep this in mind when placing requests and be specific about chapters/page numbers when possible.
  • Books requested via InterLibrary Loan take a minimum of 7-10 business days to receive.
  • Loan periods and renewal availability vary depending on the participating libraries.
  • Overdue fines will apply.

Click Here for ILL Request Form

Please select either ARTICLE or BOOK when placing your request.

Searching Library Databases for Articles and eBooks

This video demonstrates how to find ebooks and journal articles through library databases. For the best quality, open the video in YouTube. The first half of the video covers InterLibrary Loan and limiting your search to ebooks in the Library's catalog, WorldCat. The second half of the video starting at about 4 minutes and 30 seconds covers how to find journal articles using the Articles search and the JSTOR databases.

If you have any questions, please email librarian Robin Lang.

Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar to access citations to and some full-text of academic articles. Use Interlibrary Loan to request the full article, if needed. NOTE: You will have access to many more full-text articles when searching Google Scholar while on campus at PLNU. When off campus, you will have access to fewer full-text articles.

Google Scholar Search