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Political Science

This guide helps you get started finding political science materials.


Summon is the default search box on the main page of the library. Summon is a "federated" search engine that accesses most (but not all) databases at UVic.

Summon has "limit" features that will enable you to get more specific results:

  1. To view only scholarly journal articles, limit to "articles from peer-reviewed publications"
  2. To view scholarly books and scholarly journals, limit to "articles from scholarly publications including peer review"
  3. To limit to books, limit to "items in the library catalogue"

What are academic / scholarly sources?

Scholarly articles are written by experts such as your professors.  Before an article is published in scholarly journals, the articles goes through a process of peer review, in which other experts in the field review the article for accuracy, authenticity and originality.  Articles usually present the results of original research. Scholarly articles are located using article databases that provide descriptions of the articles and in most case, direct full-text access.

Scholarly vs Popular

Watch this 2 minute YouTube video to find out what a scholarly article is and how to identify it.


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