POLS 004: Intro. to International Politics
Sarah Elichko - Social Science & Data Librarian
How do you find articles from major newspapers, without having to search each one individually?
Use news databases that pull together articles from multiple publications.
Get into pairs (or groups of 3)
Go to the POLS 004 Library Research Guide.
One person in each group will search LexisNexis
The other person will search Access World News
Choose a topic and run a very broad search:
1) NATO intervention in Libya;
2) international dimension of the Syrian conflict;
3) US policies during the “Arab Spring”;
4) implications and repercussions of the 2008 global financial crisis,
5) nuclear (non)-proliferation;
6) US-BRIC relations (can focus on 1 BRIC or all four);
7) how Trump’s election relates to the course’s themes
How do you improve your search results and find articles that are more relevant to your interests?
Some search elements you can modify:
• Sources / Publication Titles
• Article Sections (Headline, Full Article)
Source / Publication Titles
Limit your search results to articles from a specific set of newspapers and magazines
Not all news databases include all publications
Limit your search results to only include results from:
- Foreign Affairs
- The New York Times
- The Wall Street Journal
- The Guardian (London)
- The Economist
- Washington Post
- The Atlantic
- New Yorker
Narrow your results to include articles published within a certain date range
By default, LexisNexis and Access World News will search for your keywords anywhere in the article.
Try limiting your results to keyword matches in the Headline of articles.
If this narrows your results too much,
try running a synonym search:
keyword 1 OR keyword 2
Recap: finding news
News databases let you be more precise and efficient in your research.
Search multiple sources at once
- Date ranges
Useful for narrowing your results
Limit your search to headlines, lead paragraphs
How do you find scholarly journal articles on your research topic, without getting too many irrelevant results?
Use specialized research tools that facilitate searching
multiple scholarly journals at once:
• Web of Science
• Political Science Databases (through Proquest)
Narrow down your results by source/publication titles,
date, and other elements
Finding Scholarly Articles:
How to search Web of Science
- On the Research Guide, select How to Find Journal Articles.
- Go to Web of Science
- Enter your search terms (drop-down: Topic)
Narrowing down your results:
- Limit to articles from only Political Science journals.
- Look at articles published within a certain date range
- Re-sort by relevance, times cited, date
Searching Web of Science
Narrowing Your Results
Searching only for articles from specific journals:
- Enter a topic in one search box
- In another search box, set the drop-down to Publication Name
- Enter the publication title or titles:
"Foreign Affairs" OR "International Security"
OR "International Organization" OR "European Journal
of International Relations"
Specialized research tools for political science
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Public Affairs Information Service
Proquest Political Science
Run a combined search on all 3 databases at once.
Save your results using "Recent Searches"
- Office Hours:
T, 11-1 and W, 1-3 PM
Held at the Research & Info Desk in McCabe
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Make an appointment
POLS 004 - International Politics - Spring 2017
By Swarthmore Reference