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POLI SCI 1: Find Academic Materials

Off-campus Access to Library Resources

There are two ways to connect to library resources from off-campus using the new library proxy:

  1. Links to online resources on library websites, such as UC Library Search, will allow you to login with CalNet directly.
  2. To access library resources found via non-UCB sites, such as Google or Google Scholar, you can add the EZproxy bookmarklet to your browser. Then, whenever you land on a licensed library resource, select your EZproxy bookmarklet to enable CalNet login.

More information is on the EZproxy guide.

The campus VPN provides an alternate method for off-campus access.

Quick Guide (Evaluating Sources)

When you encounter any kind of source, consider:

  1. Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view? 
  2. Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
  3. Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
  4. Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
  5. Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
  6. Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?

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Article Databases

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Finding Article Databases

Search an article database to find citations (title, author, title of journal, date, page numbers) for articles on a particular topic.  The Library gives you access to over 200 article databases covering different disciplines.

1.  Think about which academic disciplines might write about your topic.  Examples:  literature, film, anthropology, history...

2.  From the Library home page, select "Databases" and then click on "Browse All Databases." On the next screen, use the drop down menu for All Subjects to find your discipline.

UC Library Search box on library homepage

Select the appropriate academic disciplines and then look for "Recommended" databases.

Major Journals in American Politics

The listing below are the major academic journals in American Politics.  The links below will take you to the journal page and you can search across each journal title by title.  The better way to search across these titles and others is to use one of the databases found in the box to the left and select Scholarly or Academic or Peer Reviewed as one of your search options--the exact term will vary from database to database.

American Politics Research : 1973 - present

Journal of Women Politics and Policy : 2005 - present

Legislative Studies Quarterly : 1976 - present

Political Research Quarterly : 1948 - present

PS, Political Science & Politics : 1988 - present

Presidential Studies Quarterly : 1974 - present

Publius : 1971 - present

Social Science Quarterly : 1920 - present

Spectrum: The Journal of State Government : 1998 - 2005

State Politics and Policy Quarterly : 2002 - present

Women & Politics : 1980 - 2004