Not sure where to start? Try one of the library databases or websites listed below.
Don't forget, you can also search the library's catalog, SpartaCat, for books and other materials on your topic. Or try our EBSCO Discovery Service tool to search our collection and many of our databases at the same time.
On the Internet
General Subject Databases
These should provide information for any topic you may be working with.
These focus specifically on certain subjects. Which one to use, if any, will depend on your topic. There may even be others that could work for you. Explore the Databases by Category list to see all of your options.
On the Internet
Look for options to filter by full-text, peer-reviewed (or scholarly), source type, or date in the library's databases.
Search for a phrase by putting it in quotes. Example: "food insecurity"
Combine search terms using and, or, or not.
Think of other similar words, related ideas, or synonyms as search terms for your topic.
If a search isn't working, adjust your search terms. Try a different database or search tool.
View our Databases by Category to find the appropriate library search tool or database to use with your specific topic.
You can browse all the online periodicals (journals, magazines, and newspapers) the library subscribes to using the Publication Finder tool. Look under the Political Science or Politics & Government discipline areas. If you know the title of a periodical and want to see if we have access to it, you can also search for it by name.
Once you find a periodical you're interested in, browse all the available issues and articles or use the search within feature to look for ones on specific topics published in that title.
Watch our video tutorial for a search demonstration of Publication Finder here: