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PSCI 3120: Women and Politics

Library research guide for PSCI 3120

Finding Scholarly Articles

Academic Search Complete is a multidisciplinary database that provides a scholarly collection of full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies, etc. 

1) Go to Academic Search Complete (if you are off campus, you will be asked to enter your EUID and Password) and enter your search term in the search box (see "sex trafficking" highlighted in yellow below- the phrase "sex trafficking" is in quotes so that your search results will only return results with those two words back to back) then click the Search button to the right of the text field.

2) On the results page you will have more than 2000 results which is too many for this project. Try some of the limiters circled in red including clicking on the box next to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals, Publication Date, or one of the Subject Thesaurus Term suggestions to narrow (make more specific) your results. You can also add an additional search term such as minors (highlighted in yellow below.) For this particular search, add the search term and limit to peer reviewed which should give you about 60 results more specific to your topic.

3) If you have questions about appropriate search terms, narrowing your topic, or if you just are not finding anything, please contact your Political Science Librarian.

Citation Style Guides

Your initial annotated bibliography of 5-7 scholarly sources (due March 1st with your preliminary proposal) should contain a list (using a proper citation style) of the sources you plan to cite in your paper and a 2 to 3 sentence description summarizing what the source says and why you plan to use it.

Your librarian recommends using the Perdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) to help you with formatting your annotated bibliography:

  • APA (American Psychological Association)
  • MLA (Modern Language Association)
  • Chicago

If you have an unusual item to cite that is not addressed, please contact your Political Science Librarian for assistance.


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