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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 or international relations theory books listed below, then you will be able to apply that theory to the case studies or question that you are writing about.  

Peer Review and Open Access

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

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

Governmental, political, legal information

Government Information Subject Guide - start here to locate government publications, reports, commissions, etc. 


Websites by topic

Citing your sources

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

Government Information Citation Guides (Canadian, American, Legal)


Graduate Library Orientation

Summer 2021

Grad Library Orientation Workshop slides

Grad Library Orientation Workshop handout

Winter 2021

Grad Library Orientation Workshop slides

Grad Library Orientation Workshop handout

Fall 2020

Grad Library Orientation Workshop Slides  

Grad Library Orientation Workshop handout

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 support for graduate students.

Find out about library services and resrouces.

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

Workshops (Fall 2021)

POLI 353 - Principles of Public Policy (Fall 2021)

POLI 815/648 - Feminist Critiques of Public Policy - (Fall 2021)

Workshops (Winter 2021)

POLI 331 - Comparative Party Systems - (Winter 2021)

POLI 327 - Comparative Democratization - (Winter 2021)

Workshops (Fall 2020)

POLI 203 - Introduction to Comparative Politics - (Fall 2020)

POLI 204 - Introduction to Canadian Politics - (Fall 2020)

POLI 205 -  Introduction to International Relations (Fall 2020)

POLI 322 - Israeli Political System (Fall 2020)

POLI 366 - Politics of Africa (Fall 2020)






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