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This is a good place to start. Type your keywords or a phrase in the LibrarySearch box. At the results screen, use the filter options on the left to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles. Find out more from this quick guide Using LibrarySearch to find journal articles on a topic (PDF)
We recommend you also use databases to search for articles, especially for more in-depth research such as your dissertation. This is because LibrarySearch doesn’t cover all of our e-resources. Databases also offer features which allow you to tailor your search – to help you find the most relevant material. Here are some key databases which will help you trace journal articles:
For tips on searching databases:
Academic journals are key sources for your Politics and IR studies. They publish articles which are written by specialists in the field and provide an insight into current thinking, debate and research. They can also cover a specific topic in depth, e.g. a case study.
Peer review provides feedback so that researchers can revise and improve their papers before publication. It also acts as a quality check:
SAGE publish peer reviewed journals in the social sciences. They provide details of their peer review process and its purpose here.
If you have the details of a specific article you may be able to use LibrarySearch to find it. Type the article title and author in the LibrarySearch
Alternatively you can look up a specific journal title and browse or search through back issues:
NB We do not have access to all the journals in these collections. To check our holdings of a specific journal, go to the
Library home page
and select Journal titles, then type in the title of the journal.
online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Oxford Reference Online
This is a collection of Oxford University Press reference books on a variety of subjects including Politics. Individual titles from the collection are also listed on on
LibrarySearch. Sources include: