Political science subject guide
If you are working with a political theory, research and read about your theory in your course texts OR in one of the encyclopedias listed below, then you will be able to apply that theory to the case studies or question that you are writing about.
Encyclopedia of Political Theory (e-book)
Other sources of background information (dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias, etc)
Journal Articles = Databases
- Political Science Complete - search for articles in International relations, Comparative politics, International politics, International organizations, Security, Foreign policy, Human rights, Political economy, U.S. Politics, Public policy, Elections
- ProQuest Combined Canadian - search for articles in Canadian politics and government, Canadian public policy and public administration, Quebec politics, Canadian federalism and parliarment
- JSTOR - search for articles in Classical political theory and philosophy, Hellenistic, Roman, Medieval political philosophy
- HeinOnline Law Journal Library - search for articles in Law journals, Canadian, American and international law, Constiutional law
- International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA)
- Academic Search Complete - multidisciplinary journal articles
- PAIS International
- Canadian Databases
- Google Scholar
Peer review/Scholary Journals: What is peer review and how do I find peer reviewed articles?
Fundamentals for Grad Students Guide (GradProSkills)
Set-up Search Alerts in Political Science Complete, IPSA and Academic Search Complete
Set-Up Journal Alerts in Political Science Complete, IPSA and Academic Search Complete
- Library Catalogue - print books and ebooks available at Concordia
- Use the Subject Headings attached to each book record to explore the subject in the catalogue and to narrow down your results faster.
All of the print books on LB4 in Webster Library, including the social sciences (H-HV), political science and government (J-JZ), and law (K) have moved to offsite storage, until Fall 2017.
- The books will be retrievable from storage, which will take 1-4 days.
- All renewals are now unlimited, unless the book is recalled.
- For more information, please see the notice on the library website: Temporary move of books to offsite storage
Information by topic
Canadian Political Science:
- Canadian Politics & Government Information (Library and Archives Canada)
- Canadian Interest Groups & Think Tanks (Queen's University Library)
- Canadian Global Affairs Institute
- Centre for International Policy Studies (uOttawa)
- Policy.ca - a non-partisan database of public policy articles from a variety of organizations
- Public Policy Forum - an independent, non-governmental organization improving the quality of government in Canada through dialogue among leaders
- Institute for Research on Public Policy - independent, national, bilingual orgranization researching Canadian policy
- POLTEXT - collection of textual data sources used for policy analysis in Canada (ULaval) English & Français
- Political Database of the Americas centralized information about institutions, political processes, national constitutions, branches of government, elections, political constitutional studies of the Americas (Georgetown University)
- Council on Foreign Relations Resources in international affairs focusing on 12 policy areas and searchable by region and issue.
- Country Indicators for Foreign Policy (CIFP) includes global political and demographic indicators related to political stability.
- EuroDocs - primary sources for European history
- Foreign Affairs Online (University of Virginia)
- IDEA: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
Reports on: electoral processes, political parties, constitution-building, democracy and gender, and conflict assessment.
- Transparency International - reports, statistics, and analysis of global corruption.
Human Rights, Peace studies & Security:
- Center for International Development and Conflict Management (University of Maryland)
- Freedom in the World reports - comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties.
- Human Rights Watch
- Human Security Report Project (SFU)
- National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
- Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
- World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples
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- Find dissertations, theses and research papers
- How to borrow from other libraries in person (BCI card)
- How to borrow from other libraries with Interlibrary loans (COLOMBO)
- Connect to the library off-campus
- Set up Google Scholar for off-campus searching
- Print in the libraries