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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.
The descriptions below contain search tips.
Academic Search Premier This link opens in a new window
Provides full-text for many journals, citation records only for some. Includes current issues of journals. Limit your search to peer-reviewed journals only for scholarly research.
CIAO-Columbia International Affairs Online--Journals
This links to the CIAO's journals page. CIAO provides access to scholarship in international affairs, including books, journals, working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, and policy briefs. Coverage: 1991-present. Also provides teaching resources, e.g. case studies and course packs.
Sage Premier Journals This link opens in a new window
Provides full-text of journals published by Sage in many disciplines. Limit your search to International Relations journals by clicking "articles by discipline" under the "Browse" tab.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
Provides full-text of articles from leading journals such as International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, the International Studies Review, and World Politics. Limit your search to Political Science journals, or to a specific IR journal. NOTE: Articles from the last 3-5 years are generally unavailable on JSTOR.
International Security and Counter Terrorism Reference Center This link opens in a new window
Check the "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" box for a journal article search. ISCTRC provides a comprehensive Open Source Intelligence Resource for analysts, risk management professionals, and students. Content includes hundreds of full text journals and periodicals, hundreds of thousands of selected articles, news feeds, reports, summaries, books, blogs, FAQs, and proprietary Background Information Summaries that pertain to terrorism and security.
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.
Web of Science This link opens in a new window
Provides coverage of over 1,700 of the world’s leading scholarly social sciences journals.
Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Although primarily for arts & Humanities, this index also covers individually selected, relevant items from approximately 7,000 journals in the sciences and social sciences. (Dates of coverage: 1997-present.)