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  • ProQuest Political Science
    Find articles in political science and international relations journals.
  • Library Catalog
    Find books to give you a broad background on your topic as well as detailed information such as statistics.
  • Soc Index
    Find articles in a wide variety of social science journals.
  • JSTOR
    for finding scholarly articles. JSTOR does not usually have the most recent years of a journal.
  • Google Scholar
    Use this after you have found that one perfect article. Enter in the article title and see who has cited that study since it was published. If you set up your scholar preferences (see Google Scholar tab on this guide), you can link to the full text of many resources.
  • How to set your Google Scholar Preferences
    To make use of all the resources the library pays for, you must go through the library. You can set up library links through Google Scholar. These are not always perfect, so if you can't find what you are looking for, use the Title Search in the library catalog instead.
  • Interlibrary Loan/Loan Shark
    If we don't have it, order via Interlibrary Loan. Set up a loan shark account, and we will get articles and books that you can't find in library resources.
  • PsycInfo
    If you are doing any research related to human behavior, you may want to use this database in addition to SocIndex.

After you found the perfect article...

1. Look in the reference list/bibliography of your perfect article and find other articles that the author used.  Search for journal titles with the Journal Title Search. in the Library Catalog. Search for book titles in a regular title search in the library catalog. If you aren't sure which one to use, use the Title Search.

2. Search for your perfect article in Google Scholar, then click the "Cited By" link to see what articles have used your perfect article in their own papers.

   

  • How to set your Google Scholar Preferences
    To make use of all the resources the library pays for, you must go through the library. You can set up library links through Google Scholar. These are not always perfect, so if you can't find what you are looking for, use the Title Search in the library catalog instead.

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