The following databases offer access to leading scholarly and peer-reviewed academic journals across most academic disciplines. We also introduce you to open access databases containing publications you may be unfamiliar with called working papers. Working papers are scholarly articles in the process of development for submission and publication to scholarly journals. Because working papers are not yet peer-reviewed, their quality can range widely. However, they can still provide you with a wealth of scholarly information on a topic, along with references that can lead you to other useful articles.
Academic, scholarly, and peer-reviewed journals and articles are considered appropriate sources for college-level research and political science writing assignments. However, you might also need to use general magazines and newspaper articles. Here are a few tips when searching for journals and articles:
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 contains 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.