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International Studies   Tags: international_studies, political_science  

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Hello Researchers!

This guide is designed to help you start your International Studies library research.

Please feel free to email me or another subject librarian if you get stuck, have additional research questions, would like to set up an appointment, or have other sources to include in the guide.


  Key Databases for International Studies

Scholarly articles are written by academics who are experts in their field and published in scholarly journals. Peer-reviewed articles are scholarly articles that have been read and vetted by other experts in the field (e.g., the author's peers) before the journal accepts them for publication.

Find citations to scholarly articles in International Studies searching by keyword in the following databases (and others!). Note that because International Studies is so multidisciplinary, certain databases work better for some topics than others.

Search tip: Use the yellow UC-eLinks button to link to the online full text (if available), find the print version of the publication (by searching the Roger library catalog) or order a copy from another library (when not available from the UC San Diego Library).

  • Sociological Abstracts
    Abstracts journal articles, monographs, dissertations, conference proceedings, other research covering sociology, social work, and related social sciences.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    1975-present. Research within the political science discipline and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration/policy. Use the UC-eLinks button to find full text, print, and/or request the item from another library.
  • EconLit
    1969-present. Abstracts journal articles, books, dissertations, and working papers in economics. New records added monthly. Produced by American Economic Association.
  • Web of Science  
    1956-present. Includes Social Science Citation Index database. Provides author, keyword, and cited reference searching to more than 1700 leading social sciences journals.
  • Historical Abstracts
    1954-present. International database for research on history of all regions (except the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the current decade.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective
    1907-1984. Indexes a wide range of important journals in all areas of the humanities and social sciences as far back as 1907. Use the UC-eLinks button to find full text, print, and/or request the item from another library.
  • Philosopher's Index
    1940-present. Indexing and abstracts from books and over 270 journals on philosophy and related interdisciplinary fields
  • Lexis Nexis Academic
    Thousands of full-text sources including newspapers, wires, transcripts, newsletters, magazines, trade journals; also industry news, company information, law reviews, court decisions. Coverage dates vary. Former name: Academic Universe.
  • WestlawNext
    Full text access to federal and state court cases, laws and regulations; legal periodicals and encyclopedias; European Union legal documents; and legal guides and information for pre-law students

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