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POLI SCI 2 Intro to Comparative Politics: Find Academic Materials

Wendy Muse Sinek

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?

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, click on "Find + borrow", select "Collections" from the dropdown menu, and choose the "Use Berkeley's electronic databases" box.
  3. Select the appropriate academic disciplines and then look for "Recommended" databases.

"Collections" link from the UC Berkeley Library homepage




Article Databases

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Major Journals in Comparative Politics

The listing below are the major academic journals in Comparative 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.

African Affairs : 1944 - present

American Political Science Review : 1906 - present

Asian Survey : 1961 - present

Canadian Journal of Political Science : 1968 - present

Comparative Political Studies : 1997 - present

Comparative Politics : 1968 - present

Demokratizatsiya : 1997 - present

Europe-Asia Studies : 1993 - present

European Journal of Political Research : 1997 - present

International Journal of Middle East Studies : 1970 - present

Journal of Democracy : 1990 - present

Journal of European Public Policy : 1997 - present

Journal of Modern African Studies : 1963 - present

Journal of Politics : 1939 - present

Latin American Perspectives : 1974 - present

Latin American Politics & Society : 2001 - present

Latin American Research Review : 1965 - present

Middle Eastern Studies : 1964 - present

Nationalities Papers : 1972 - present

Political Science Quarterly : 1886 - present

Post-Soviet Affairs : 2002 - present

Social Science Quarterly : 1968 - present

Studies in Comparative International Development : 1965 - present

West European Politics : 1993 - present

Is this a major journal in my field?