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Political Science

This guide will point you to the best places to find books, articles and other sources of information for your Political Science courses.


Conflict, Peace & Security Research

This section provides databases and other resources for research in the areas of peace and conflict, national security, and domestic and international terrorism. Other subject areas covered by the databases listed include intelligence analysis, military, arms, and weapons. Here are a few tips when conducting research in the areas of conflict, peace, and security:

Using Keywords

When searching for articles on peace, peace building and other related issues consider the following search terms:

  • "peace-building"
  • "conflict management"
  • "reconciliation"
  • "institution building"
  • "post-conflict reconstruction"

You can combine those terms with:

  • "economic aspects"
  • "case studies"
  • "international organization"

Also, use the names of particular regions/countries

Background Resources

General Article Databases

The two largest general academic databases are EBSCOhost and ProQuest Central. Known primarily by their vendor names, EBSCO and ProQuest are aggregators of individual databases that use a single search interface. Each contain a combination of full-text and citation databases and provide a varied mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, general magazines, and newspaper resources. EBSCO and ProQuest are also multidisciplinary, which means they cover a wide range of subject areas.Other important multidisciplinary databases are also listed.

Key Subject Databases

Datasets & Statistical Resources

Top Defense and National Security Think Tanks

Each year the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCP) publishes a detailed ranking of the top regional and global think tanks. Think tanks are public policy institutes that produce and publish research on global, regional, and national policy. Listed below are links consistently listed as the top think tanks for defense and national security.