What's Scholarly and What's Popular?

A snazzy video made by librarians at Wayne State University in Michigan on how to differentiate between scholarly and popular sources.


Library Databases for Political Science

Journal articles provide you with the latest research in your field. The research databases below will provide you with both scholarly and popular journal articles in political science.

What's the difference between scholarly and popular articles?


Most Useful

Academic Search Premier
This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.
Coverage: 1975→current

Contains (EXCEPT for the latest five years) core scholarly journals in sociology, history, economics, political science, mathematics, African-American & Asian studies, literature, humanities, music, and biological, health & general sciences.
Coverage: 1838→2004

An important index to political, economic, and social issues in current debate.
Coverage: 1972→current

Also Useful

Lexis Nexis Academic
Provides access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information.
Coverage: 1975→current

GPO: U.S. Government Printing Office
Abstracts from all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records.
Coverage: 1976→current

CQ Researcher
Explores a single "hot" issue in the news in-depth each week. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology.
Coverage: 1991→current

Public Policy Institute of California
This collection of California state policy, research and statistical reports covers subjects such as economic development, education, employment, environment, government/politics, health, housing, infrastructure (transportation, water, etc.), immigration.
Coverage: 1996→current

Law Reviews

Law reviews are the scholarly articles of the legal world. These publications present the analysis of legal issues. Most law reviews are written by law professors and practicing attorneys, along with some student work. Law reviews present new theory and doctrine; intensive analysis; comprehensive documentation; opinion and dialog*.

Lexis Nexis is the best tool for finding Law Reviews at CSUSM. Follow these steps to find law reviews:

  1. Starting with Lexis Nexis Academic, choose US Legal on the left side of the screen, and then choose Law Reviews
  2. Enter your search terms and be sure to change the drop box to At Least 5 Occurances to ensure that your words are prominent in the article.
    • You can limit your search to specific areas of the law such as Constitutional Law or Immigration Law.
  3. Review the results for relevant articles
    • Look mainly for articels labeled ARTICLES, because OPINIONS or NOTES may be written by law school students.

* Taken from Charles N. and Hilda H. M. Mason Law Library, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law