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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.  

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 parliament 
  • JSTOR - search for articles in Classical political theory and philosophy, Hellenistic, Roman, Medieval political philosophy


Citing your sources

Concordia Citation Guides (APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago)

Government Information Citation Guides (Canadian, American, Legal)

Books & Ebooks

  • Sofia Discovery tool - find print books and ebooks available at Concordia
    • "Browse the shelf" to see neighbouring books to the item that you have selected
    • Unfold the "description"  for more information on the book itself and to find similar books on topic
    • "Check availability" to find out whether Concordia has an e-book version 


Canadian Newsstream - Canadian English daily newspapers, including the Globe & Mail, Montreal Gazette, Toronto Star, National Post and many regional and local papers. - Canadian/Quebec newspapers and magazines 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 Today 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



Graduate Library Oreintation

Grad Library Orientation Workshop Powerpoint (to be updated)

Library Orientation Handout for Political Science Grad Students (to be updated)

Sources of Microdata Handout for Graduate Social Sciences Students (to be updated)


Library Services for Graduate Students

Services and Spaces

Services for graduate students include borrowing privileges (up to 100 items), article delivery, help & how-to guides, dissertation support, consultations, and workshops.  

Find out more about library services for graduate students.

Find out about library services and resrouces during the university's closure.

Getting Organized

Zotero - manage and organize the bibliographic references you find in library Sophia Discovery tool, databases, and on the web

Research Data Management Guide - how to organize and store your data

Bibliometrics and Research Imapct Guide - tools to measure your research impact

Spectrum - Concordia's Open Access Research Repository, includes theses and dissertations 

Check out the GradProSkills Library Workshops

Library Research Resources

Peer review, Open access and Predatory publishing

How do you know if your journal is peer reviewed? - tools to help you determine the journal's status

Open Access Publishing - What is Open Access? What are the different types of Open Access? How do you assess good Open Access publications? 

Predatory Publishers

Predatory publishers tend to campaign aggressively for academics to submit articles, charge authors high fees (often hidden at first) but do not offer sufficient quality control or thorough editorial process.

Many of them accept papers without an appropriate editorial board or peer review process, often including works with poor writing and low-quality content.

Choosing the right journal for your research: predatory publishers & open access  - workshop slides (March 29, 2017) with tools and strategies 

UBC Library Guide: Publishing a Journal Article & Avoiding Predatory Publishers

Current Workshops


Previous Workshops

POLI 204 - Ruderman (Spring 2020)

POLI 368 (Winter 2020)

POLI 327 - (Winter 2020) 

POLI 366 (Winter 2020)

WSDB 398 (Winter 2020)

INTE 298 (Winter 2020)







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