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PLS 4610: Senior Thesis in Political Science I

Interim Head of Research & Instruction Services

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Shonn Haren
I am available to chat when the "Chat with Shonn" button appears above

My Subjects are:
Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

My office hours are:
Mondays & Fridays:
9am-11am, in-person or via Zoom
(Or by appointment)

What are peer-reviewed articles?

Peer-reviewed articles are found in academic/ scholarly journals* and databases. These journals are articles written by an expert in the given field and reviewed by other experts and scholars in the field. This level of vetting is a way to ensure that the article represents the best research practices in the field.

*An academic/ scholarly journal is a professional publication on a specific subject in which most articles are published through a peer-review process (book reviews and letters to the editors are example of non-peer reviewed articles in an academic journal).

Here are some helpful tools that can help you select the sources you need:

Finding Peer Reviewed Articles in OneSearch

You can use OneSearch to help you find peer-reviewed articles, which is what is shown below. You can also find peer-reviewed articles in databases (list is located on the "Databases" tab). Some of these databases have a similar filter feature that will allow you to do a search and select only peer-reviewed journals.

You can start doing a keyword search in OneSearch:

Keyword search for American Elections

You can use the filters on the left hand side to narrow your search results to "Peer-reviewed Journals." I also checked "Full-text online" to find materials only listed online. Then click "Apply Filters."

Check box for peer-reviewed journals is ticked off on the left side of the page under "Tweak my Results"

The results will regenerate and provide you with peer-reviewed material. Another easy way of seeing if an article is from peer-reviewed journal is by the purple icon listed under the article title and author. NOTE: Just because an article is in a peer-reviewed journal, does not automatically mean it is peer-reviewed. It may be a book review or an editorial, which is not a peer-reviewed article.

search results showing the purple icon that appears under peer reviewed texts