Political Science 129 & 169 Fall 2007 Ken Furuta

Political Science 129 & 169
Fall 2007
Ken Furuta

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Article Indexes

  CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

  • UCR Library Home Page (
  • Click Databases by Subject
  • Click Political Science
  • Click Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

The database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public policy.

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)

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  • Click Databases by Subject
  • Click Political Science
  • Click PAIS International - Public Affairs Information Service

Journal articles, government publications and other materials about international relations, political science, public policy; 1937-present


  1. Use “Boolean connectors” (AND, OR) to refine your search.
    • OR is more. It broadens results.  Use for synonyms, different country names, etc.  For example:
      • UCR or UC Riverside or University of California, Riverside
    • AND narrows search results.  Use to focus results to a specific country.
  2. Remember to change the right side box to “keywords.”

    CSA Search Screen
  3. Click the “Journal Articles Only” box on the search page to eliminate dissertations from the results.
  4. On the results page, Click “Peer-Reviewed Journals” to further focus your results.

    Example 1
  5. When you pull up a record, copy the entire line if the “SO:” (source) field.  You may need it to retrieve the article.
  6. Use UC-eLinks   UC-eLinks
       UC-eLinks provide an easy way move from an article citation to the full text.  For online material it provides a link to the text.  For print material it links to the catalog for the call number.  If UCR does not own the item you need, use Interlibrary Loan.
  7. For print articles, those with dates less than 2 years old or so are in the Rivera current periodicals area filed alphabetically by title.  Older ones are in the “stacks” filed by call number.
  8. You can save/print/email citations by selecting records, clicking Update Marked List, and finally clicking the Save, Print, Email link (see above).
  9. The QuikBib option on the “Save, Print, Email” menu generates a bibliography of selected records in a variety of bibliographic styles, including Chicago.  Turn off any popup blockers before clicking “Create”.
    1. Warnings: 1) the citation is to the “Worldwide” database, not the full text;
      2) The final authority for a citation's format is your professor.  Check if you are unsure.

Example 2

Web of Science

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  • Click Databases by Subject
  • Click General/Multidisciplinary
  • Click Web of Science

   Scholarly articles, plus citation searching for articles that cite known works, 1975 to present.  See for more information.

Newspaper Articles

-- Access World News
-- Academic via LexisNexis
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  • Click Databases by Subject
  • Click Newspapers
  • Click appropriate database

News stories from US and foreign sources.  You can email the articles to yourself from either database.

Finding Books


Formatting a citation - Style manuals

Chicago Manual of Style

A brief guide is available online (  For more extensive citations, copies of the latest edition of the Manual are in Rivera and Science Reference (Z253 .U69 2003).

Last modified: 9/28/2007 2:32 PM by by K. Furuta

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