Resources by Subject Political Science

White House

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Film, Video, and Image Collections
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources
Basic Guide to Research in Political Science
Basic Guide to Statistical Research in Political Science

Reference Sources (Background)

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online - Social Sciences(full text; current)
Search political science-related dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.


Locating Books

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes, Data Sets)

Once you know which journals you need, search the Journals A-Z list to see if they are online or in the library.

PAIS with ProQuest Political Science(some full-text; 1914 to present)
Covers political science, international relations and public policy with articles, books, hearings, government publications, etc. from 120 countries.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

LexisNexis Academic (dates vary, most 1990s to present ; full-text)
Provides full-text of legal, governmental, business, and general news information; searching under Legal Research and in News sources (particularly National or Regional papers) can be especially useful.

Bibliography of Asian Studies (citations; 1971-present)
An index to Western-language publications including periodical articles, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, anthologies, etc., covering East, Southeast, and South Asia.

Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature (citations only; 1991-present)
Index to 300+ periodicals published in 29 African countries.

CQ Researcher (full text; 1991-present)
Provides in-depth analysis of current and controversial issues. Each weekly update focuses around a single issue, including the historical background and a chronology, opposing viewpoints provided by experts, and extensive bibliographies for further research.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines including political science.

GPO Monthly Catalog (citations only; 1976 to present)
U.S. government publications in all disciplines.

Military and Government Collection (some full text; dates vary, mostly 1980s to present)
Covers news sources and scholary research on all branches of the military and government.

Index to Military Periodicals (citations; 1988 to present)
Index to articles in English language military and aeronautical periodicals, maintained by the Air University Library.

Once you know which journals you need, search the Journals A-Z list to see if they are online or in the library.

ICPSR Data Sets (data files; current and historic)
ICPSR provides access to the worlds largest social science data archive, with data sets from over 6300 studies. Data sets are used with statistical software, such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata. For additional sources, see the Statistics and Data Sets page.

Film, Video, and Image Collections

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of histroical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

C-SPAN Video Library
A nearly complete archive of over 160,000 hours of C-SPAN programs from 1987 to present, including footage from all 3 C-SPAN channels. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. In addition to images of  paintings, drawings, sculpture, and the decorative arts, the collection includes cultural and religious objects, cartoons, fashion and costume illustrations, covers from printed music, pages from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, natural history illustrations, early anatomical and medical drawings, and many other types of images.-



Official Documents of the United Nations (ODS)

U.S. Federal Government:

State and Local:

Virginia Legislative Publications
Includes Rules of the Senate, Rules of the House of Delegates, Session indexes, etc. from the Virignia General Assembly

State Government (

American Hometowns – Cities, Counties and Towns (

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has its own style guide, The APSA Style Manual for Political Science, which is based on Chicago. A copy of the Style Manual for Political Science is kept at the Reference Desk - call # REF JA86 .A52 2006.
Also available online: Style Manual for Political Science

Guides to the major citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian) are available at the Reference Desk.

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

Citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles (R-MC).

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. Be sure to double-check the result for accuracy!

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