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Social Sciences - Political Science and International Relations: Databases and journals

In this guide you will find resources to support you as you develop an understanding of governments and political systems in Australia and internationally.


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Use OneSearch to search the for the following resources at once:

  • UWA print collection
  • ebooks
  • journal articles
  • exam papers
  • CMO materials
  • newspaper articles
  • conference proceedings
  • law reports
  • music scores
  • and more

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Search CMO for materials identified by your lecturers as important for your unit. Need help with CMO? Try our CMO guide


You are required to fully document all written work you have used, including both in-text citations and a reference list.

The discipline of Political Science suggest that you use either the Harvard or Oxford referencing style.


Google Scholar

Activate FindIt@UWA links in Google Scholar to access the UWA full text version of articles.  Once activated, you will see FindIt@UWA links - click these and the online, UWA databases will be searched for you.

To activate the FindIt@UWA feature in Google Scholar when off campus:

1.   Go to Google Scholar

2.   Click the option icon (the small white cog in the top right hand corner of the screen)

3.   Select Scholarly preferences

4.   Scroll down the Library Links box and search for University of Western Australia (or UWA, or University of WA)

5.   Tick the checkbox for the option The University of Western Australia (FindIt@UWA)

6.   Click Save Preferences


Use with caution!

Wikipedia is not peer reviewed. Great for a quick overview but MUST NOT be cited in assignments. Go to the original source instead.

Full Text Databases

There are a large number of database products that provide excellent content related to Political Science and International Relations; some provide good full-text coverage allowing you to link directly to the full article or book within the database product.

Others are indexing databases - they help you to find information through the indexing only of titles and abstracts across a wide range of sources. They will generally help you identify where you can get full-text online or print access through a "Find It@UWA"  link button or direct link to OneSearch.

Here is a small selection of some of our full text and indexing database products; link through to our listing of databases related to these topics.  

Indexing Databases

Multidisciplinary databases

These databases contain information on a wide range of subjects.

Journal Titles

The best place to begin to search for a specific journal title is in OneSearch.  Use the pull down menu to select "Journal Title" and search using a key word or actual publication title.

From the search results you can select "full text" to view only those available online through one of our databases or "physical resources" to view the location of print copies of the journal title within the library. 

World Politics search

You can also view a full list of journal titles by searching specifc topic classifications such as World Politics - Periodicals or International Relations- Periodicals

Below you will find a two Journals relevant to Political Science and International Relations scholarly research in Australia.