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Political Science: Article Databases

"Politics is not an exact science." Otto von Bismarck

Article Databases

Tips for Searching Article Databases

Learning to use databases can be challenging...but fortunately, once you learn to use one database, your skills will help you use other databases. Use the tips below to search article databases effectively. Start by entering keywords into the search boxes and see what pops up!

  • First, organize your research topic into concepts. Concepts are typically nouns or noun phrases. For example, if you are researching socialism in East Asia, your concepts might be:
    • socialism
    • East Asia
  • Using the article databases listed on this page, enter each concept (and its synonyms) into a separate search lineRemember, you can search multiple databases at the same time, by clicking on "Choose Databases" in EBSCO databases OR "Seaching: 1 database" in ProQuest databases and selecting additional databases.
    • socialism OR socialist
    • "East Asia" OR Japan* OR China OR Chinese OR Korea*
  • Use quotes around phrases
  • Use * for truncation
    • Japan* will find Japan, Japanese
  • Limit to peer-reviewed articles.
  • Limit by date if needed.
  • Too many or too few results?
    • Search the thesaurus or Subject Index to find related, broader, narrower, and similar terms OR specific terms that the databases uses to describe a topic.
    • Run a new search using different terms. Try anything - you never know what might work!
  • Find an article that looks interesting?
    • Click on the article's title.
    • Look at the subjects given to an article to find related terms used in the database's thesaurus/index and run additional searches using these terms.
    • Click on the references, cited by, and see similar documents links in the article’s entry to find related articles.
  • Find the full text of an article by clicking on the HTML Full-Text, PDF Full-Text, or the 360 Link Check for Full Text button.  The 360 Link may...
    • Take you directly to the full text.
    • Take you to a page that indicates we have online full-text in a different database. Click the database link to access the article.
    • Take you to a page that says Auraria Library does not have online access to this journal volume/issue. On this page...
      • Click "Search Skyline by Journal Title" to determine if Auraria Library has the journal in PRINT form. This will search the library catalog for the JOURNAL title (not article title). You will need to determine if Auraria Library owns the year and volume of the journal that contains your article.