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Political Science: Find Articles

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects

Using Databases

A database is simply a collection of articles. These can be from scholarly publications, newspapers, magazines and other sources. You search the database by using keywords. See the Database Search Tips tab for more details on creating your search. 

You may not find anything relevant in your first search or two. Try different combinations of keywords, or try different a database. 

Look Here First!

Discover@MU allows you to search millions of items from a single interface. Search physical library holdings, database content, digitized collections, and more. Use the large search box on the library's homepage. 

Getting too many results?

  • You can limit your search through the options on the left hand side of the results page. You can limit to Academic Journals, change the date range, or filter by format (ebooks, academic journals, books, etc.).
  • You can also add more keywords, which will narrow your search. For more hints on searching databases, see the Database Search Tips page. 

Not getting enough results?

  • Remove some of your keywords to expand the search.
  • Try another database. 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

Using other databases

There are many other databases that might be of use depending on the focus of your topic.  If you are looking at gender issues, health concerns or education reform, for instance, you may want to take a look at the literature outside of Political Science.  All of these topics have their own specialized, core databases.  To get to these other databases, go to the MU Libraries home page, click on Find a Specific Database, and then Databases by Subject.  You will see that there are lots of other possibilities such as Women's & Gender Studies, Education, and Health & Medicine.