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Political Science Research Guide

Guide Contents

This research guide contains links to library databases as well as videos on how to use the library effectively. You will learn

how to navigate Article Quick Search for journal literature
❈ the difference between peer-reviewed and other kinds of articles
❈ how to find print and e-books,
❈ how to find the articles you need in full text by using Interlibrary Loan
❈ how to cite your sources in correct APA citation style.

Off-Campus Access

You will need to be logged in to the UML Library to access some of the material in this guide. If you are logged in to your UML email you are logged in to the library. You may get an additional authentication phone call from Duo. This is routine. 

If prompted, enter your UML email credentials. If you still have trouble, clear the cache on your device. Email not working? Troubleshoot from here.

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Find journal articles in the UML Library 

Political Science is the study of issues of power, political representation, social justice, national security, international relations, identity politics, ethnicity, gender, religion, terrorism, human rights, democratization, campaign strategy, civil rights, political ideologies and constitutional government.  

Politics is a calling for those who desire to serve their community, nation and world in government agencies, law, political campaigns, military service, security studies, public policy, social movements, journalism, teaching and international organizations.


EBSCO Discovery Service
Limit Your Results

Article Quick Search is the name of the search engine for the library's journal content. It includes both titles the library owns and some it does not. If the library does not have access to an article, request it through Interlibrary Loan. Be sure first that the library does not own the title!

Google vs. the Library

Starting your research in Google can be useful; however, the results you get may be too broad for the needs of your topic. More importantly, you may find the perfect article but it is behind a paywall, when all the time that SAME article is available to you free if you start your search at the library homepage. Watch the video to discover why the library is different.

If you cannot access the above video, you can watch it here