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Politics, International Studies & Philosophy: Finding journal articles online

The basics

The quickest and easiest way to find journal articles is to use Article Search - it is on the library homepage.  This will search across all full-text articles available at Queen’s.

If you are looking for a specific article just enter the title into the search box.  For more general searches enter some keywords - the results page will give you plenty of options to limit and improve your search.  The presentations on this page will show you how to find articles and use Article Search.

If you need to do very specialist searches then try one of the Key Databases in your subject area.  Your subject librarian will be able to advise on the best one to use.

Planning your search

Start planning your search away from your online device - with a pencil and piece of paper. Think about what you are looking for. This will not be time wasted. If you are unclear about your topic consider some background readings or specialised handbooks or dictionaries.

Finding content online: searching databases

Information comes from a variety of sources of varying academic quality. Bibliographic databases are useful at university as content is selected by academic panels from peer-reviewed journals, thereby guaranteeing academic quality and credibility. You will retrieve fewer results using such databases, but most of your results will be relevant and crucially, you will be able to cite them with confidence in your assignments.

Finding journal articles at Queen's