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POLSC1401 - Martin

Paper requirements -  "A minimum of four books and/or articles in refereed [peer-reviewed] journals" is necessary to receive a "C" on your research paper.  An "A" paper has a "large number of peer reviewed strong and academically respected sources."
See the syllabus for further information.
Article Databases
Restricted Resource = Emmanuel Faculty, Staff & Students only
"Peer-reviewed [refereed] journals are publications that include only those articles that have been reviewed and/or qualified by a selected panel of acknowledged experts in the field of study covered by the journal" (Ebsco Help).
  • Explore the Suggested International Relations Journals.
  • JSTOR and Project MUSE only contain scholarly publications. For the other databases, make sure that you limit the databases to peer-reviewed.
Note: There are many strong journals that specialize in a particular area.

Suggested Scholarly International Relations Journals

American Political Science Review  | Foreign Affairs* | Foreign Policy | International Journal of World Peace | International Security | International Studies Quarterly | International Studies Review | International Affairs | Journal of Peace Research | Political Science Quarterly | SAIS Review | Survival | The Washington Quarterly | World Policy Journal | World Politics
Note: There are many journals that specialize in a particular geographical region ( such Europe, Asia, Africa) even a particular country such as Turkey or China) or subject area such as terrorism or the economy.

* Foreign Affairs, although not peer-reviewed, is scholarly and will count towards the required sources.

Article Databases: Ranked by Relevance

JSTOR Restricted Resource

Project MUSE® Restricted Resource

Ebsco search for Political Science Restricted Resource Academic OneFile (1980 - current) Restricted Resource
  • Limit to Peer Reviewed Journals under More Options.
ProQuest Central Restricted Resource
  • Limit to: Peer Reviewed
Emmanuel College Library Contact
Diane Zydlewski
Associate Librarian for Reference, Instruction, and Outreach | 617-735-9927

Dominique Barrault
Reference / Instructional Librarian | 617-732-1669
Research Starter
These do not count towards the required peer-reviewed (refereed) sources.
Search for Books
Paper Requirements:
Scholarly books are written by authors who have advanced degrees (e.g., PhD) in the field of study and the books are published by scholarly presses (e.g., university presses)


Reference Books (Print and E-Books)
  • Political Handbook of the World REFERENCE JF37 .P6
Recommended Web Sites
Web sites do not count towards the required peer-reviewed (refereed) sources.

When considering using web sites, always evaluate the sites.
Newspapers sources do not count as peer-reviewed (refereed) sources.

U.S. Newspapers

New York Times (1980-present) Restricted Resource

Wall Street Journal
Washington Post (1996-present) Restricted Resource

Also, explore local newspapers from the country that you are studying.
Additional Sources
Research Paper Citation Guidelines
  • 16th ed. of the Chicago Manual of Style
  • May use in text, footnotes, or endnotes with a bibliography

Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) REFERENCE DESK Z253 .U69 2017
Book cover Chicago Manual of Style
Citation Management Tool
RefWorks Restricted Resource
[Access legacy RefWorks]