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Finding Articles
in Political Science & International Relations
Journals and Magazines

The tools or keys to locating articles in periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers) are periodical indexes or databases.

For information about locating articles from scholarly journals, see What is a Scholarly Journal?

To help you with your research, the library subscribes to a number of databases that help you locate articles on a specific topic in journals and magazines.

These databases are produced by commercial vendors, so their coverage (the journals and other sources indexed or included) does not correspond to any particular library's holdings.

These databases save you time, because others have indexed and abstracted hundreds of journal articles and assigned them subject headings or descriptors, so you don't have to browse through hundreds of journals to find an article on your topic.

In the Blume Library, print format periodical indexes are located on the Main (2nd) Floor Index Tables behind the Reference Desk. Many of our indexes are also available electronically. 


Electronic Subscription Periodical Indexes (Databases)

    + Academic Search Complete: Multidisciplinary database contains more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Subscribed to through TexShare consortium.
    • Can limit search to Full Text articles
    • Can limit search to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journal articles
    • At the results page, hover over the magnifying glass to get a quick view of the article abstract
    • When viewing the complete article record, click on the Cite this article icon (4 th at upper right corner of the record
    • Set up a free MyEBSCOhost account for yourself. You can save articles and searches through this service and set up alerts so that you are notified when new issues of selected journals or new items meeting your saved search criteria appear in the database.
    • Available: On campus and remotely.
    • Coverage: selectively, 1965 - present
    • Abstracts: Yes
    • Full-text: Selected full-image and/or full-text for more than 3,400 periodical titles
    • Local Holdings Information: Yes
    • Updated: monthly
    + Project MUSE : MUSE provides full-text access to current content from over 400 titles representing nearly 100 not-for-profit publishers of prestigious humanities and social sciences journals.
    • Can limit the Type of Content to  Articles Only (No Reviews),  by checking the box in front of it.
    + JSTOR: Historical full-text database of leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The most recent 3-5 years of currently published journals are not included.
    • Can limit search to  Articles , by checking the box next to Articles.

    +Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) contains abstracts and selected full-text from 54 journals, working papers and conference proceedings from more than 100 research institutes and centers pertaining to international relations. Also contains policy briefs, economic indicators and other resources of interest to the international community.
    • Available: On campus and remotely.
    • Coverage: selectively 1996 - present
    • Abstracts: Yes
    • Full-text: Many items
    • Local Holdings Information: No

    +LEXIS-NEXIS Academic is a full-text online service containing hundreds of text files that cover topics in business, medicine, law, and many other subjects. Information includes the full-text of newspapers, magazines, newsletters, news wire reports, financial reports, directory information, legal cases, and legal analyses. Note: This is generally not the place to look for scholarly journals, unless you are looking for law reviews, accounting or medical journal articles.
    • Available: On campus and remotely.
    • Coverage: generally mid-1980s-present
    • Full-text: Most items (no graphics, tables, or photos included)
    • Updated: some portions, hourly

    +Military & Government Collection offers current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. Provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 400 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for more than 500 titles. This database is made available through the TexShare program.
    • Available: On campus and remotely.
    • Coverage: selectively, 1990 - present
    • Abstracts: Yes
    • Full-text: Selected full-image and/or full-text for more than 400 periodical titles
    • Local Holdings Information: Yes
    • Updated: monthly


Because the library does not own every journal included in these indexes or databases, you will need to verify if the library has access to the specific periodical you seek. 

  • To verify if we have access to a journal or periodical, see "Locating Journals (Magazines, & Newspapers in the Blume Library)" for information about determining availability of a particular periodical issue. We have access to over 18,000 full-text periodical titles online, through our subscription (aggregator) databases.
    • If the results from your periodical title search indicate Blume Library Print Holdings, click on that link, which will connect you to a record for that periodical in our online library catalog. Check to see if we have the issue desired. This record will also indicate whether the issues is in paper or microform (fiche or film). Print periodicals are shelved alphabetically on the library's basement (1st) floor and are arranged alphabetically. There are two photocopiers available on the main (2nd) floor. Microfilm and microfiche are also located on the main floor and are located in film or fiche cabinets behind the Reference Desk. There is a scanner/copier available for microform formats. 

  • Ask a Reference Librarian (210-436-3508) if you have any questions. If you email a librarian, be sure to identify whether you are a current St. Mary's student and be specific about your question, so we can provide helpful information; the more information you provide about your situation, the better able we are to answer your question.

  • If we do not not have a journal article you want, students and faculty may order articles through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Forms are available online. Be sure to allow time to receive the ordered items.

  • If St. Mary's does not own a journal you need, you may also search WorldCat to determine which libraries in the area own the periodical containing the article you need.

  • Ask a Reference Librarian (210-436-3508) if you have any questions!

Hint: Start your research early so you know if we have the articles you need!

Documenting Sources: Articles from journals and magazines 
Cite the following information as you research. You will need this information for your bibliography.
  • Author(s)
  • Article Title
  • Journal or Periodical Title
  • Volume Number
  • Issue Number or Month or Date
  • Year
  • Page Numbers

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    • Indexes with a + (plus) preceding their name are available through that link only to St. Mary's students, faculty, and staff from off-campus, because of contractual restrictions from the vendors. For more information, read  Restricted Databases Instructions. 
    • For more information about some of the databases listed to the left, see the Louis J. Blume Library Database Descriptions page. 

    author: Diane M. Duesterhoeft • email: 
    created September 17, 1997 • updated December 3, 2009

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