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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)


  • 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.


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 

Library Orientation Handout for Political Science Grad Students

Sources of Microdata Handout for Graduate Social Sciences Students

Library Services for Graduate Students


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


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

Requests for lockers and shelves can be made at the Webster Loans Desk, near the entrance to the Library, and will be treated on a first come first served basis.  A number of Lockers in the Webster Library Disssertation Writers' Rooms on LB5 become available 3 times a year:

  • Monday, June 1, 2020

 More information about the lockers and shelves.

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 311, 316, 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

Zotero - manage and organize the bibliographic references you find in library catalogues, 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 with tools and strategies 

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

Current Workshops

POLI 204 - Ruderman (Spring 2020)

Previous Workshops

POLI 368 (Winter 2020)

POLI 327 - (Winter 2020) 

POLI 366 (Winter 2020)

WSDB 398 (Winter 2020)

INTE 298 (Winter 2020)







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