POLI SCI 999: UCDC American Presidency

Political Analysis

The following selected journals from both sides of the aisle are good sources for possible topics/research questions.


Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use UC eLinks logo to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available.

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Find a seminal article

Find an influential article, one that has been cited frequently.  Use the multidisciplinary database Web of Science.

  1. Enter your search terms.
  2. Analyze by Research Area [see left side navigation column]
  3. Choose one or more research areas
  4. Rank the new results by Times Cited, most to least.
  • Web of Science
    Indexes over 8,000 of the leading journals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences, providing searching of footnoted citations.

Social Sciences Databases

  • Academic Search Complete
    A multidisciplinary index to articles
  • America: History and Life
    Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the US and Canada
  • Historical Abstracts
    Indexes over 2,000 journals, about all aspects of world history (excluding US and Canada) from 1450 to the present.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    social sciences as well as selected anthropology, criminology, demography, law, social psychology, and urban development.
  • Business Source Complete
    scholarly business journals including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business.
  • EconLit
    scholarly journal articles in economics.
  • LegalTrac
    legal research and commentary on case studies, government regulations, the practice of law, statutes, taxation, and international law.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    international, national and local newspapers and wire services; radio and television transcripts; and business, medical, industry, and legislative magazines, journals, and newsletters.
  • PolicyFile
    economics, politics, the environment, and social issues,
  • Urban Studies and Planning: A SAGE Full-Text Collection
    Economic Development, Planning Practice and Theory, Policy Analysis, Political Science, Public Administration, Regional Geography, Residential and Community Development, Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Policy, and Welfare Economics.
  • Project MUSE
    humanities and social sciences including literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics and many others.

Political Science Databases

Use these databases as a starting point in political science research.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is an easy way to do interdisciplinary research, and with some settings changes can become even more useful.  You need a Google account to use these features.

  • Set up a Google Scholar Alert to be automatically notified when new articles are added to Google on topics of interest: 

Do your search in Google Scholar. Look in the left sidebar for the Create Alert link next to the envelope icon, and click it.  New items will be sent to your email account as they are found by Google.

  • Make Google display links to full text of articles that Berkeley subscribes to:

Open Scholar.  Click on the gear icon gear icon in the upper right corner, and choose 'scholar preferences'. In the next screen, choose Library Links from the left-hand menu. In the search box, type the word Berkeley.  Choose University of California, Berkeley - UC-eLinks, and Open Worldcat Search.

Do a Google Scholar search. Click on the "Cited by" link under a citation and select the "Search within articles citing..." checkbox.

Melvyl has articles

Melvyl has become a good place to start your search for scholarly articles because it displays the contents of some article databases.  While it does not include as many articles as the databases like Academic Search Complete or JSTOR, it is easy to use, because it is a one-stop search.

Within Melvyl you can turn on or turn off specific databases if you find the results aren't relevant.

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Last Update: August 23, 2013 14:06