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Political Science Research Guide: General Overview

Accessing Emory Resources

General Overview

Activity Suggested Resources & Guidance
Locate Major Reference Sources & Reviews Try out Oxford Handbooks and Bibliographies,Oxford Research EncyclopediasRoutledge Handbooks, and Annual Reviews. Use bibliographies as needed (some will allow for direct searching in eJournals, Google Scholar and DiscoverE!). 
Locate Journal Articles & Track Citations

Major databases to consider are: Political Science Complete, Scopus, and Econlit.  See the databases tab for further suggestions. Be sure to use the added functionality in these databases to to filter results and use search operators to make your searches more precise and efficient.

Scopus has significant strengths in citation tracking and related record functionality to expand your literature review.  Use the FindIt@Emory button in these databases to link to full text.  Also consider use of Browzine for keeping up to date with content from relevant political science journals.  Use Google Scholar after you have located some relevant materials to expand your search (citations and related articles).  Be sure that you choose Emory under "library links." 

Use LibX/Proxy Servlet

Use LibX,the proxy servlet, or the Nomad Key to easily access Emory licensed resources. 

Locate data sources You may wish to start with Statista and/or Data Planet for quantitative data.  Also, consider the Dataverse repository. Further recommendations are available via several guides maintained by Dr. Rob O'Reilly, Data Services Librarian in ECDS.
Locate Books & Browse Shelves Be sure you always login to DiscoverE to take full advantage of its functionality and to be able to take advantage of request services (e.g., document delivery).  You have extended borrowing privileges as an Honors student.  Remember to browse shelves!
Utilize ILL and/or Open Access Resources If Emory does not own the material that you require, use Interlibrary Loan, or contact Chris Palazzolo, who can (rush) order the material for you.  Also, consider the Unpaywall browser extension to locate a free, open access version if the Emory link does not work or you are asked to pay for content.
Capturing Results & Managing Your Citations Use bibliographic software like Zotero or Endnote to capture print or online book and journal citations or full-text articles and to automatically generate footnotes and reference lists.  You can use Zotero also to annotate your readings or share your bibliographies online with other.
Research Methods and Introductions SRMO contains content from
- Over 600 books
- Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Handbooks
- The entire “Little Green Book” and “Little Blue Book” series
- Two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles
- Newly commissioned videos


LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a free plugin that helps you access scholarly journal articles. Once it knows you're affiliated with Emory, LibKey Nomad checks the web page of the article you're viewing to see if it's available at Emory. If it is, you'll see a graphic in the bottom left corner of your browser window that looks like this:

If Emory doesn't have the article, LibKey Nomad will also check open-access repositories and Unpaywall to see if there is another free and legal way to find it.

To install LibKey Nomad for Google Chrome or other Chromium-based browsers:

  1. Visit the Chrome Store page for the LibKey Nomad browser plugin.
  2. Click the "Add to Chrome" button.
  3. Chrome will ask whether or not you give the extension permission to operate:

If you choose to cancel, LibKey Nomad will not be installed.

4. If you add the extension, Chrome will open up a new tab that asks you to select which institution with which you're affiliated. Choose "Emory University" from the drop-down list:


Once you see the message above, you can close that browser tab. LibKey Nomad should now be functional.

There is also a LibKey Nomad extension for Mozilla Firefox. To begin, visit its extension page and click the Add to Firefox button to install:

The process is almost the same as the Chrome version; accept the privacy permissions, then choose Emory from the list of supported institutions.



As of spring 2021, Safari remains unsupported.