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Political Science: Articles

A guide to library and information resources for students of American Politics, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory.

Peer-Reviewed Journals

In peer-reviewed journals, also known as refereed journals or scholarly journals:

  •  articles are published only after they have been critically evaluated and approved by several scholars (expert peer-reviewers)
  •  reviewers can recommend that a paper be rejected, revised and re-submitted (rejection is still possible), or accepted. Acceptance without revisions is rare.
  •  authors do not usually know the identity of their reviewers. In "double blind" peer review, both author and referee are anonymous.

Peer review lends credibility to the article by confirming that the research meets the standards of the scholarly community.

Verify that a journal is peer-reviewed with Ulrich's Periodical Directory

Full-Text Article Databases

Search any of these databases to find articles from peer-reviewed journals in Political Science. If the article you need is not available via USD's print or online journal subscriptions, you can order that article using the Interlibrary Loan article request form.

Citation Indexes

Citation indexes can help you to identify articles and to track citations (see who is citing whom). They generally do not provide full-text access to articles. 

Use the library catalog to find out if USD has the article you need, or use ILL to request it from another library.