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POL GEN 4175 - Women and Politics

This guide provides ready access to the best resources for locating scholarly research on women and politics. Examples are provided for each resource to demonstrate the most efficient way to locate relevant information.

Web of Science (contains the Social Science Citation Index)

Web of Science

Pro – contains only the high-impact journals (don’t be put off by the “science” in the title).

Pro – lets you know how often an article has been cited by other articles in high-impact journals

Pro – you can use truncation and Boolean operators

Pro – can limit to title and topic (title, abstract, and author keywords)

Con – a general database not focused just on political science


Web of Science example – women and politics and the United States


Searching Web of Science for Women and Politics - limiting search by topic and title.


Limiting Web of Science by Topic searches for words in the title, abstract, and author supplied keywords.


At the bottom of the search results page – the results in Web of Science can be limited by the number of times an article has been cited or by the relevance (based in part on how frequently your search words appear in the article).


Sorting Web of Science search results by number of times cited or relevance or date