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History & Political Science: Find Articles and more
Library resources for the study of history and political science
A scholarly journal (also known as a periodical ) publishes research articles in a particular discipline.Journals are usually published monthly or quarterly and are organized by volume and issue. Some journals are peer reviewed which means each article is evaluated by a panel of experts before publication. An abstract is a short passage that describes the contents of a journal article. Most journals today are electronic, but some print editions are still published.
A database is a digital library containing a variety of electronic journals or books in a particular discipline. Most library databases are owned and operated by publishers. As with journals, your access is through the library's subscription, so you will be prompted to log in to your library account when viewing a database from off campus.
The peer review process
Peer review is in which experts review an article and suggest changes before publication. All journal articles are reviewed by an editor before publication; peer review uses a panel of experts who add an additional layer of quality control.
The Boston Public Library (BPL) offers an eCard to residents of Massachusetts, to students who attend school or those who work in the Commonwealth. An eCard gives you immediate access to selected BPL Electronic Resources from your computer.
A bibliographic database created in cooperation with the John Carter Brown Library based on “European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750,” a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.
Includes over 3 million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. Broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries. Over 2,800 journals and 7,000 books are included each year. Abstracts are provided for half of all current journal articles. Subject coverage: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural studies, Demography, Economics, Education, Ethnology and ethnography, Political science, Religious studies, Sociology
Full text of news, business, medical and legal reference publications; international, national and local newspapers and wire services; radio and television transcripts; business, industry, medical and legislative magazines, journals, and newsletters; and translations from foreign-language sources and news services.
Search international literature for the social sciences with access to abstracts, indexing and full text of journal articles, books, dissertations, working papers and more. Featured databases: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), PAIS International, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA), ProQuest Social Science Journals, ProQuest Political Science, ProQuest Research Library: Social Sciences and more.
U.S. History In Context provides a complete overview of U.S. History covering the most-studied events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, and people. Comprehensive, contextual, media-rich information is provided on topics ranging from the arrival of Vikings in North America, to the stirrings of the revolution, through to the Civil Rights movement, 9/11, and the War on Terror.
If it is not in the WSU Library, use the Article Request form to get digital photocopies of articles from other libraries.
Why can I only access an abstract?
The library's subscription doesn't always include every resource in a particular database. If you search a database and find only an abstract but want the entire article, you can request it through Interlibrary loan.