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POLS/INTS 480 Senior Seminar


Some database are not searchable in Search@UW  or have special features that are not replicated in Search@UW.

Users can always go search the original database format using the library's Database A-Z or reviewing the database by subject category.


For this class you may find these databases useful, they are not searchable in Search@UW

      Legislative Insight

      Lexis-Nexis Academic   (law reviews in Search@UW). LNA contains a deep backfile of newspaper articles

      New York Times (historic backfile)

      Proquest Congressional, contains Congressional Hearings and documents

      Wall Street Journal (historic backfile)


Most content is covered in Search@UW but the original interface has special features

      America History and Life   

      Political Science Complete

      Historical Abstracts 





Cited Reference or one good article can lead to other good articles

Cited reference searching is a method of finding articles that have cited other published research. There is a direct subject relationship between a source article and its references. Because many databases index each citation listed in a bibliography, it is possible to search the cited references. It is possible to follow a particular cited reference, or cited author, forward in time to find more current articles that have also cited a particular publication.

         Web of Knowledge or Web of Science of the Citation Indexes

Some other database support cited reference searching. Generally a user must go to the advance search or perform a cited reference search.

Academic Search Complete
America: History & Life
Business Source Premier 
Google Scholar
JSTOR  (uses Google Scholar) 
Historical Abstracts
Political Science Complete
PsyInfo/ PsyArticles
Sociological Abstracts

Google Scholar

If you are using Google Scholar for research from off campus go to the library's Databases A-Z find  Google Scholar and sign in.

This sounds silly, but this permits you to access all of the UWRF licensed full-text.  Google Scholar will try to send you to  publisher’s web sites which often seeks payment. 

Other Google search tips

  •        bind exact phrases in quotes (use this technique in Search@UW too)  
                      "to be or not to be"  will retrieve far fewer and more relevant search results than  to be or not to be
  •         use the drop down menu for other ways to focus you search
    •    this menu is under the wheel in regular Google