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* Political Science Research Guide

Research Starters

A collection of 100+ reference titles available in full-text electronically. Search the entire collection, or search selected titles using "advanced search."

Britannica® Academic delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the venerable Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough research—all from one resource.

CQ Researcher

Excellent background and analysis of recent national and international issues in the news.


Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles. Great for current issues research.

Background Information - General Resources

Encyclopedias and other sources on this page provide good overview information, including key search terms and often lists of more sources.
Additional Political Science print reference sources can generally be found in the J - K call number areas of the Reference section on the first floor and the Circulation collection on the third floor.  For multidisciplinary topics, other call number areas may also be applicable.

Political Philosophy/Political Theory

Background Information - American Government & Politics/Public Policy & Administration

International Politics/Comparative Politics

Government Documents

Country Information

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