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Political Science Complete This link opens in a new window
Start here for scholarly articles in political theory.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
JSTOR is helpful in finding older scholarship not represented in Political Science Complete. Be sure to use the subject filter on the left side for political science or philosophy.
Philosopher's Index This link opens in a new window
Start here for articles on philosophy, including political philosophy and social philosophy.
This is your best bet for interdisciplinary topics. Look for subject filters like politics, political thought, political philosophy, or political ethics to help focus your search results.
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Books can offer scope and context to your research. You might also find books written by specific thinkers.
Look for subject filters like politics, political thought, political philosophy, or political ethics to help focus your search results. Use the Library Catalog filter when searching for primary source texts, as they tend to be found in books.
Library Search for Political Science -- Philosophy
This is a Library Search on the subject of political science and philosophy. Add your own keywords to the search to narrow the results.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Find articles written by experts on concepts, theories, and thinkers in philosophy. This is the best place to start for understanding on ideas from philosophy.
The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory
Publication Date: 2006
Chapters by political theorists look at the state of the field, where it has been in the recent past, and where it is likely to go in future. A handbook has articles that summarize the research and thought on specific topics, and give you citations to associated major scholarship.
Encyclopedia of Political Theory
Publication Date: 2010
Examines the ideas of the major political theorists from before Plato to our own times; the main schools of political thought; the concepts and issues that have captured the imagination and attention of political theorists; and some of the main institutions and practices inspired by political thought.