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Political Science: Finding Sources

This guide is for students looking to research topics related to political science.

History, Government & Society



General Research

Magazines vs. Journals


...are intended for general audiences. not undergo peer review.

...may report on research secondhand. not include citations.

...are easy to read.

...have attractive layouts and photographs.

...have many advertisements.

...are published commercially for profit.


...are written for experts by experts.

...often undergo peer review.

...often report on original research.

...include citations.

...have lots of technical jargon.

...have few illustrations outside of charts.

...have few or no advertisements.

... are often published by professional groups.

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