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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Politics 300: Topics in Social Science Research

Peer Reviewed Sources

Peer reviewed sources are those that have been vetted by scholars in a given field. For example, before a peer reviewed, or refereed, journal will publish an article, it is first sent to a handful of scholars in that field to conduct a blind review. They will often return the article with suggestions for improvement before recommending that the journal publish the article. This is considerably different than popular magazines and other sources that do not employ such rigorous publishing standards. The result is a higher level of scholarship than might otherwise be published.

Many of our journal databases offer the ability to limit to peer reviewed sources. You may wish to take advantage of this feature to pull out some of the best scholarship that matches your search.


For more information about evaluating sources
 to find out if they are peer-reviewed, please see Is It Peer-Reviewed?which is maintained by Karen Lamson of MCPHS University. 

Politics Databases

The indexes below are among the best to use when performing research in Politics. For an expanded listing of possible resources, see the Politics listing in the Electronic Databases by Subject. Use the Journal Finder to help you locate the full-text of articles you have identified in one or more of the indexes listed here. Just type in the title of the journal to see where it is available. If we do not have access to it, you can request the article via Sewanee ILL, our interlibrary loan program, which is linked below.

Preferred Databases