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Research Guide -- Politics 100

American National Government

Fall 2010  -- Professor Harris

 

Go to revised Winter 2014 guide.

 

ARTICLE REVIEWS ASSIGNMENT

Students are expected to find two articles on one topic, with one article citing the other.

Possible topics include Congress, Presidency, Interest groups, Domestic Policy (health, education, welfare, etc.), American Foreign Policy (trade, war, security), and Courts/Law (the judicial branch).

The articles must come from one of these titles:

  • American Journal of Political Science
  • The American Political Science Review
  • American Politics Research
  • Electoral Studies
  • Journal of Politics
  • Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
  • Law and Society Review
  • Legislative Studies Quarterly
  • Political Research Quarterly
  • Presidential Studies Quarterly
  • Public Administration Quarterly
  • Public Opinion Quarterly
  • Women and Politics

There are at least three ways to approach this assignment: 

(1)  Search JSTOR for articles on a particular topic.

The JSTOR database contains complete articles from over 800 academic journals, including 10 of the above 13 required journals.

Go to the library's JSTOR page and click into the database.  Enter your search term(s) in the appropriate search line. 

If you are using a multi-word term, such as interest groups, enter it within quotation marks -- "interest groups" .

You can combine a phrase with another word by placing the additional word(s) on another line of the search menu.    Example:  "interest groups"  [and]  gay

Before clicking on "search" ...

limit your search to political science journals by scrolling down the page and placing a check-mark next to "Political Science ( 78 titles."  

Or select "Public Policy & Administration (25 titles)"

Then click on "Search."

The resulting list of articles will include articles from the required journals, as well as others.  You can display (and print) articles and their bibliographies.

 

OR

 

(2)  Choose one journal as a starting point and browse its issues in JSTOR for a relevant article.

Go to JSTOR's source list and browse for the journal you want to use.    Once you find a useful article, look at its bibliography (on the last pages of the article) for another article from one of the above list of required journals.

 

OR

(3)  Choose one journal as a starting point and browse its issues in Periodical Finder for a relevant article.

Go to the library home page and enter the name of a recommended journal in the "Periodical Finder" option. 

The resulting list of databases will allow you to see a chronological list of issues and articles, along with their texts.  Once you find a useful article, look at its bibliography (on the last pages of the article) for another article from one of the above list of required journals.

Find: