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Finding scholarly resources for Scope & Methods of Political Science: Scholarly Articles

Identifying Scholarly Articles

Scholarly articles are useful when you are looking for well-researched, specific information on a topic. To determine whether an article is scholarly, look for the following:

  • A very specific topic
  • A descriptive, long article title
  • The authors' names will have the academic credentials listed
  • An extensive bibliography
  • If the article is based on a study or experiment, it will list a methodology and results
  • The article is published in a peer-reviewed journal


Locating Scholarly Articles

Scholarly articles from reputable periodicals and peer-reviewed journals are available through several Library databases.  You may view all of the Library's article databases on the Find Articles webpage.  

All articles should be evaluated for appropriateness to determine if they are good sources for an academic research paper.

Google Scholar

While easy to access, Google Scholar is often frustrating because there is very little full-text and most search results are typically very advanced. For articles that are not full-text check the Library's A-Z list of periodical titles to see if we have access to this title via our article databases or request via OCCC's Interlibrary Loan.