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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

Peer review/Scholary Journals 

What is peer review and how do I find peer reviewed articles?

Citing your sources

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

Government Information Citation Guides (Canadian, American, Legal)


Books

  • 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.

Newspapers

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

Eureka.cc - 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


Websites

  

Graduate Library Oreintation

Grad Library Orientation Workshop Powerpoint 

Library Orientation Handout for Political Science Grad Students

Sources of Microdata Handout for Graduate Social Sciences Students


Library Services for Graduate Students

Services

Borrowing - Graduate Students - up to 100 items

Article Delivery - Scans of Concordia print book chapters and print journal articles, emailed to you

COLOMBO/Interlibrary Loans - request print books and ejournal articles from other libraries (not applicable to ebooks)

BCI Card - borrow print books, in person, from other libraries

Spaces

Webster Library has dedicated grad space on the 5th floor of LB with dissertation writer’s rooms, lounge and kitchen. Use your student ID to access the space: Webster Library Dissertation Writer's room

Starting Jan 22, 2018, lockers in the Dissertations Writer's Rooms will be available at the Webster Loans Desk on a first come, first serve basis, see our website for more details.

Grey Nuns Reading Room (1290 Guy St. south of the Faubourg building) is accessible to Concordia students only, with ID cards.

Presentation Practice Rooms - located on the 3rd floor of Webster Library (LB 327 & LB 328), contain technology to record and save your presentation. Bookable through the "Book a group study room/scanner" option on the library website.


Getting Organized

VPN - download and install Concordia's Virtual Private Network and login to Library resources only once

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

RefWorks - manage your citations online

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 

Register for GradProSkills Library Workshops for Winter 2018:

  • GPLL 231 – Library Skills & resources: Maximize your graduate research potential – Jan 26, 201
  • GPLL  236 – Using RefWorks for graduates: Citations and bibliographies simplified – Jan 31, 2018
  • GPLL 235 – Canadian statistics and microdata for the social sciences  (A. Guindon) – Feb 5, 2018
  • GPLL 243 – Intro to reference management tools: choosing & using – Feb 9, 2018
  • GPLL 248 – Understanding & increasing the visibility and impact of your research – Feb 15, 2018
  • GPLL 241 – Copyright and your thesis -  Feb 16, 2018

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 and 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 with tools and strategies 

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

Current Workshops

POLI 203 - Nikolenyi (Winter 2018)

POLI 322 - Nikolenyi (Winter 2018)

POLI 327 - Poteete (Winter 2018)

Previous Workshops

POLI 363 (Fall 2017)

POLI 489 (Fall 2017)

POLI 366 (Fall 2017)

 
  
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