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Political Science 330 Public Policy Analysis: Articles

An online course guide for researching government programs as part of policy analysis for POLISCI 330

Library Article Databases

For articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers, use the Library's article databases. Choose the database(s) you need based on your program. If your program has to do with schools, you'd add some education databases. If your program has to do with businesses, you'd add some business databases. Some databases cover a variety of subject areas, while others are more specialized. If you don't know which database(s) to use, look under the Databases by Subject links for suggested databases in your topic area, and/or ask a reference librarian. For a complete list of the Library's article databases, see the Alphabetical List of Databases.

For research in this class, you might start with:

  • Ebscohost's Academic Search Complete, Political Science Complete, and Military & Government Collection (some articles provided in fulltext)
    • Add others as appropriate for your program/policy, e.g., add America History & Life for historical topics, Business Source Complete for business-related topics, etc.
  • CQ Researcher (1991- ) is a weekly backgrounder. Each issue has a particular focus and contains in-depth research, insight into all sides of the issues, and bibliographies for further information.


For information on how to tell the difference between a scholarly article and a popular (i.e., non-scholarly) article, see the online library user guide: Scholarly Journal vs. Popular Magazine Articles.

Find the Full Text

journal articlesMost databases have some full text articles in addition to article citations. When an article is not available in that database, use Find It button button/link to determine whether and where the UWW libraries have it.

In Research@UWW, go to the View It section of an article's record.

In either case, look in the View It section next to see if there is a link to the online article. If it is not online, scroll down to the Get It section to see if the article is physically in one of the UWW libraries. If it is not available either way, you may order the article by clicking on the We Can Get it for You (Document Delivery/ILLiad) link which will appear in the Get It area.

If you are not in a database or Research@UWW, use the Journal Search (also on the libraries' homepage) to determine whether and where the Library has a particular periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper, etc.), then search the periodical for the desired article.

How? Check out the How to Use Find It and the Journal Search guide.