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POLS 342: Politics of Gender and Sexuality (HC): Finding Journal Articles

Political Science 342: Politics of Gender and Sexuality (Wing) Spring 2019

Empowering Women to Report Sexual Assault

Women from the Abu Shouk refugee camp in Darfur discuss sexual violence issues with a UN representative, Feb. 2018 (Source: flickr, Amin Ismail )


Journal articles provide in-depth scholarly information.  They are vetted and improved by peer review.  They are usually fairly short in length and focused on discussing one specific issue.  The following indexes are good places to find journal articles about political science.

Use the Find It button   in these indexes to check if the journal articles are available in the Tri-College libraries. If the journal is not listed in Tripod, use the article request form to have a digital copy of the article sent to your email address in around two to three days.

Subject-Specific Databases

Political Science Databases

Subject Guide

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Databases Covering All Subject Areas

Tracking Citations Forward in Time

Usually researchers find more sources by looking at the footnotes in an article or book, but these will always be older than the publication you have in hand.  
Citation indexes like the Web of Science (which includes sections for the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Science) are set up to search for sources cited in the footnotes of journal articles as soon as they become available. 

This allows you to find newer articles which cite the books and articles you already know are key for your topic.  By relying on connections between authors rather than subject words and by moving forward in time, citation searching can open up new avenues of research.