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Political science subject guide

Political Theory

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)

The Encyclopedia of Political Science (e-book)

Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and The Right (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

Please see: How to set up Google Scholar to find Concordia Resources

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


Canadian Newsstream - Canadian English daily newspapers, inlcuding the Globe & Mail, Montreal Gazette, Toronto Star, National Post and many regional and local papers. - Canadian/Quebec newspapers and magazinge in French and English, includes La Presse, Le Devoir, and L'Actualité.

US Newsstream - Major US daily newspapers, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall street journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Boston Globe, LA Times, USA Tody and many more regional and local newspapers.

International Newsstream - news content from outside the U.S. and Canada, in multiple languages including English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Danish, See the Title List.

Historical Newspapers - Canada, US and international

The Hill Times - weekly newspaper that covers Canadian federal politics.

Information by topic


Canadian Political Science:

Political Science:

Human Rights, Peace studies & Security:

Citation guides

How-to Guides

Current Workshops

Political Science MA, MPPPA & PhD Orientation (Fall 2017)

Previous Workshops
POLI 327 (Winter 2017)
POLI 203 - Hilgers (Winter 2017) 
POLI 203 - Rayroux (Winter 2017)
POLI 205 (Winter 2017)
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