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Also known as "Scholarly Articles," "Peer-Reviewed Articles," or "Academic Articles," these are:
  • Written and reviewed by scholars and provide new research, analysis, or information about a specific topic.
  • Usually focused on a narrow subject or a single case study
  • Intended for an academic audience


The following databases are a good place to find information on the field of Political Science.

 Unlike journal articles, scholarly books:
  •  Are written on a broader, general subject
  •   May contain a collection of related chapters by different authors
  •   Contain less recent information
Remember: you may only need to read one chapter of a scholarly book!



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Select Political Science Websites – The online resources from the United States Government detailing the legislative activities of the U.S. Congress. In addition, to legislative matters and committee hearings, there are links to every member of Congress and their respective web resources.

National Security Archive – Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars, this archive has one of the most extensive collections of declassified US governmental documents. It also serves as a resource for investigative journalism, and also as a research institute on international affairs. Hosted by George Washington University. – Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is a research group that tracks the influence of money in American politics and the effect on the political process, elections, and public policy. – A resource sponsored by Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII), Justia, and Chicago-Kent College of Law to provide access to the workings of the U.S. supreme Court. although this is often imbued with legal resources, it is clear that it is also a part of the political process in this country.

Center for American Women and Politics – Sponsored by Rutgers University, this resource originated in 1971 and is now dedicated to its mission of promoting knowledge and understanding about the role of women in American politics.