A survey of library catalogues of some of the leading universities worldwide offering courses in political science reveals that new publications on research methodology used in the discipline and published during the last 20 years almost equal, if not surpass, other areas of major concern in the discipline. It appears that the internal and external turmoil experienced by states and the waxing and waning of ideologies have influenced the disciplinary concerns of researchers. Has this influenced a widening or closeting of the horizons of knowledge creation and its correlate, the tools of enquiry? What kinds of texts are popularly used? How useful are they for the developing world?