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Comparative Politics: Journals & Articles

This guide is for students researching topics in Comparative Politics, an introductory survey of major political systems, representing both Western and non-Western countries.

Where to Find Scholarly Sources

The library has subscriptions to databases containing scholarly articles in many subject areas, and articles from popular magazines and newspapers. Databases featured in this box are particularly useful for finding information in the field of comparative politics. Should you need help finding sources, please consult a librarian.

Look for country studies within the database.  Select PUBLICATION TYPE, then select COUNTRY REPORT

News Databases

Note:  Records from 1994 to the present.  

Before searching for foreign news:

  • Choose "Foreign Language News" in the "Search by Content Type" box
  • Wait for the page to refresh, then click the "Advanced Options" button below the search box
  • Limit your search by language, and insert dates if applicable; Press "Apply"
  • Type in your keyword(s) in the search box and press "Search"

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.

Be aware, you may THINK you know all about Google Scholar, but there are probably some aspects that will surprise you. Always wear your Critical Thinking Hat when using Google to find information.

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Where do I view my articles?

Once you have found an article on your topic in a database, where can you view the article?

  • Check to see if the full-text is available in the database you are using.
  • Check the link to Online Journals on the library's home page. Type in the title of the journal you want to find out if the full-text is available in other databases, and for what dates.
  • Check Worldcat@SU to see if we have the journal in print or on microfilm.
  • If you can't find the article in any of these sources, you can request a copy through GET IT!

Still need help? Ask a Librarian! Visit the InfoDesk or submit your question in our FAQ page.

Not In Our Collection - GET IT!

When a book or article text is not in our collection, you can make an interlibrary loan GET IT! request for the item. Our library will ask another library to borrow the article on your behalf. The service is free, and you can make requests online. Go the library home page and click on the "Services" to navigate to GET IT!

Scholarly vs. Popular?

Many of our databases, including Academic Search Complete, allow you to refine your search to limit results to scholarly (also called peer-reviewed or refereed) articles. Some others, for example JSTOR and Project MUSE, contain only scholarly material.

Depending on the nature of your research, both scholarly journals and popular magazines can be valuable sources.

If you are unable to find enough information to determine if a journal is scholarly, ask a librarian for help.

Click on Advanced Search. Scroll down to see your options and select peer-reviewed.

After searching for your topic in Worldcat@SU, you will want to select peer-reviewed: