Here are links to online versions of the handouts distributed during the Political Science Librarian's Fall 2018 orientation session for PSC 495 students.
Although both the PDF, session handout entitled 'crucial starting point options" above - as well as other subpages on this Political Science research guide (especially best bet databases on its homepage) repicate some of what I list below. Here are a short list of databases we pointed toward as helpful search engines for retrieval of scholarly journal article sources (with some exceptions as to segments of same that report findings of original empirical research, in other regards usually called "secondary" sources (which does not imply secondary quality or value, just a source type to distinguish them from primary sources such as contemporaneous newspaper and news media reports and the like)):
Here are some databases useful for locating primary news and news media sources. Additional tips -
If seeking news content from Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic), from its home page - click "advanced search," then click the link to "select a specific content type," then click "news" in order to bring up the proper news search form for this database
Yet another category of unique primary historical source material would be any number of original printed, news or news media sources maintained at Bird Library's 6th floor - Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Below is a link to the page from SCRC that describes collection strengths - which at times certainly intersect with historical primary sources tied to politics, public affairs and political history. Use of those sources will be restricted to review at the 6th floor of Bird Library. Might apply to some of you where primary source exploration gets a bit more historical. For example, SCRC collection include ABC News Video donated by SU alumnus, Ted Koppel, consisting of approximately 6,600 episodes of Nightline (Mar 1980-Nov 2005).
SCRC Open Hours
PSC 495 students need not make formal "appointments" to visit SCRC. However, literal review of specific content does require pulling that for your review, which may take 24 hours or longer. It is important to have some general idea of the content you would like to explore prior to visiting SCRC
SCRC Collection Areas Website
Great portal to major areas of collections strength at the Special Collections Research Center
SCRC "Search the Collections" Website
Search tip: If you would like to see extensive lists of various categories for all of the many SCRC collections, leaving the query window blank and clicking "search" will retrieve 100% of the various "finding aid" pages at the left margin