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.
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:
- Starting with Lexis Nexis Academic, choose US Legal on the left side of the screen, and then choose Law Reviews
- 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.
- 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