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Political Science

Provides free and subscription resource recommendations in general and various political science subfields. Includes listings of the most widely used political science data and statistical resources.


This section provides databases and other resources for research in the areas of peace and conflict, national security, and domestic and international terrorism. Other subject areas covered by the databases listed include intelligence analysis, military, arms, and weapons. Here are a few tips when conducting research in the areas of conflict, peace, and security:

Key Reference

Core Academic Journals

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data from approximately 12,000 journals from publishers in over 80 countries. You can use JCR to find the best journals published within specific research areas. The following journals are listed in the JCR Political Science category as the most cited, best-quality journals in the areas of peace, peacebuilding, conflict, and security studies. If you would like to review the JCR list of the top-cited political science journals in the last year, go to Journal Citation Reports and choose: CategoriesSocial Sciences, General > Political Science.

Subject Databases

Data Resources

Security Think Tanks

Think tanks are public policy institutes that produce and publish research on global, regional, and national policy. Listed below are think tanks consistently listed as the top think tanks for defense and national security.

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