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This guide will list some of the resources available at the COD Library that you can use to find information when doing research on Political Science / Governmental issues and topics.

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A list of various topics can be found below.

Over on the right are some other research tools that you can use to find information.

Be sure to ASK FOR HELP at the Reference desks if you have questions or problems.

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American (U.S.) Politics and Government

America Votes. Reference JK 1967 .A8
American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia. Reference JA 84 . U5 A 44 2006
American Political Culture: An Encyclopedia.
Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia
Covering American Politics in the 21st Century : An Encyclopedia of News Media Titans, Trends, and Controversies.
CQ's Politics in America. Reference JK 1012 .C6412
CQ Press Guide to Radical Politics in the United States.
CQ Press Guide to Urban Politics and Policy in the United States.
Dictionary of American Government and Politics
Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy
Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics

Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections
Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America. Reference JC 599 .U 5 E 53 2005

Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories
Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues
Encyclopedia of Populism in America.
Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism in Modern American History
Encyclopedia of the American Left. Reference HX 86 .E58 1998

Encyclopedia of the American Presidency
Encyclopedia of the Continental Congresses. Reference E 303 .G 76 2015
Encyclopedia of the United States Cabinet

Encyclopedia of the United States  Congress
Encyclopedia of U.S. National Security
Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States.
Encyclopedia of Women and American Politics.
Federal Agency Profiles for Students. Reference JK 421 .F 42 1999
From Suffrage to the Senate: America's Political Women, An Encyclopedia of Leaders, Causes and Issues
A Glossary of Terms used in the Federal Budgetary Process 
Guide to Radical Politics in the United States.
GovSpeak: A Guide to U.S. Government Acronyms & Abbreviations
A Historical Guide to the U.S. Government [agencies and departments]. Reference JK 9 .H57 1998
A History of the U.S. Political System: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions
Latinos in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Latinos As Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders
Major Acts of Congress. Reference KF 154 .M 35 2004
Money in American Politics: An Encyclopedia

The Oxford Handbook of American  Political Parties and Interest Groups

The Powers of the U.S. Congress: Where Constitutional Authority Begins and Ends.

The Presidency in Times of Crisis and Disaster:  Primary Documents in Context
Presidential Administration Profiles for Students. Reference JK 511 .P78 2000

The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History
Religion and Politics in America: An Encyclopedia of Church and State.

The Religious Right and American  Politics
Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations Requested from the Congressional Research Service. also PN 6081 .R435 1989
Revolts, Protests, Demonstrations and Rebellions in American History: An Encyclopedia
Statistical Abstract of the United States and older editions in General HA 202 .U5 S93
United States Code Service [U.S. laws] and Reference KF 62.1972 .L38

Women in the American Political System:  An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders

American FactFinder. Provides census data by city and state.
Census.gov. State statistics from the U.S. Census.
Center for Public Integrity. A nonpartisan journalism organization that reviews political abuses of power.
Congress.gov. Legislative Information on the Internet. Full-text of House and Senate bills, Congressional Record, and daily proceedings on the House and Senate floors.
Congressional Research Service. Non-confidential Congressional publications collected by the Federation of American Scientists.
Congressional Research Tutorials Online. Tutorials to help you find Congressional materials online (UC Berkeley)
Constitution Finder. Search for state as well as worldwide constitutions.
Dirty Energy Money. Tracks the flow of oil, gas and coal industry contributions to the US Congress.
Factcheck.org. A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center which monitors the accuracy of politicians' reported statements.
Federal Judiciary. Includes directory of courts in the United States as well as judicial rules of practice.
FedWorld (NTIS). A gateway to government information managed by the National Technical Information Service.
The First Amendment Center. A Vanderbilt University website that discusses the First Amendment.
Foreign Affairs Online. A University of Virginia website covering international relations and U.S. foreign policy.
Foreign Policy Research Institute. Information on foreign policies that advance U.S. interests.
Government Accountability Office. The GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.
H-Borderlands. Discusses issues regarding the U.S./Mexico border, as well as borderlands worldwide.
Heartland Institute. Think tank which examines public policy issues and their solutions.
Heritage Foundation. A think tank which promotes conservative public policies.
How Our Federal Laws Are Enacted
How Our Federal Laws Are Made

Latino Policy Forum

LGBTQ Pride Month
Maplight.org. Nonpartisan group that researches campaign contributions at all levels of government.
National Institute on Money in State Politics. Nonpartisan list of contributions to political campaigns.
National Governors Association. Information about governors in every state.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). A directory of NGO's compiled from a variety of sites.
OpenSecrets.org. Covers federal campaign contributions and lobbying data.
Overseas Loans and Grants. Historical record of worldwide financial aid provided by the United States.
Politics1.org. Election resources on parties, candidates, ideological positions and issues at both the national and state level.
Presidential Speeches. The Scripps Library collection of transcripts (some with audio) of famous presidential speeches.
Public Agenda. Non-partisan reporting on public policy issues.
The Rand Corporation. A highly-respected California think-tank that provides expert analysis of a variety of government problems and operations.
Real Clear Politics. Independent political website covering historical and current elections.
Rootstrikers. Formerly Change-Congress.org, this advocacy group publicizes where PAC money goes.
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. President. Website of the Office of the President and related government entities.
USA.gov. The main gateway to U.S. government web sites and online information.
USAspending.gov. Find out where tax dollars are distributed.

Assassinations

Assassins                                                                                                                                         
Assassinations
Conspiracy Theories
Political Assassinations
Presidential Assassinations
U.S. Executive Order against Assassinations

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

The Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History
Conspiracy Encyclopedia. Reference HV 6275 .C 66 2005
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Encyclopedia of American Political History. Reference E 183 .E 48 2001
Encyclopedia of Assassinations Reference HV 6278 .S 54 2001

Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories
Encyclopedia of U.S. National Security
Killing the President : Assassinations, Attempts, and Rumored Attempts on U.S. Commanders-in-Chief. General E 176.1 .O 45 2010
National Trauma and Collective Memory: Major Events in the American Century. General E 741 .N 43 1998

RELATED RESEARCH GUIDES

Conspiracies

History

Intelligence and Espionage

Terrorism

 

Overview of the Assassination of President Kennedy, Friday, November 22, 1963.

Background Readings

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Dealy Plaza, Dallas, Texas

Funeral for President Kennedy

Jack Ruby
Lee Harvey Oswald
Texas School Book Depository in Dallas,Texas

Warren Commission
Warren Commission Report

Zapruder Film

Reference Books
Day by Day: The Sixties. Reference D 427 .D 3 1960/69
Encyclopedia of the JFK Assassination. General E 842.9 .B 45 2002
Encyclopedia of the Kennedys : The People and Events that Shaped America.  Reference E 841 .S 527 2012
Encyclopedia of Cuban-United States Relations. 
Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counter-Culture. 
Historical Dictionary of the Kennedy-Johnson Era.
Reference E 841 .B 85 2007
Historical Dictionary of the 1960s.   Reference E 841 .H 58 1999

Primary Government Documents
The Warren Report: Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
General E 842.9 .A 55 1964
Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Hearings before the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy. General E 842.9 .A 54 1964.
Assassinations Records Review Board Report. General E 842.9 .U 56 1998

List of COD Library books on the JFK assassination
List of COD Library books on Conspiracies about the Assassination
List of COD Library videos about the Assassination

INTERNET SITES
JFK Assassination Records Collection, U.S. National Archives
JFK Gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The Zapruder Film

Overview of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Jun3 4, 1968
The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles background reading
Sirhan B. Sirhan background reading

Reference Books
Day by Day: The Sixties. Reference D 427 .D 3 1960/69
Encyclopedia of the Kennedys : The People and Events that Shaped America. Reference E 841 .S 527 2012
Encyclopedia of the Sixties.
Historical Dictionary of the 1960s. Reference E 841 .H 58 1999

List of COD Library books on Robert F. Kennedy
List of COD Library books on the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

Censorship

Attacks on the American Press:  A Documentary and Reference Guide

Censored and Banned Literature:  Critical Insights to Literature.   General  Z 1019 .C 467 2019

Censorship: A World Encyclopedia. Reference Z 657 .C 468 2001
Encyclopedia of Censorship. Reference Z 657 .G 73 2005
Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics: Censorship, Revolution, and Writing.  Reference PN 51 .E 63 2005
Encyclopedia of the American Constitution.  Reference KF 458 .E 53 2000
Encyclopedia of the First Amendment.  Reference KF 4770 .E 53 2009
Free Expression and Censorship in America: An Encyclopedia.  General Z 658 .U 5 F 644 1997

Free Speech and Censorship:  A Documentary and Reference Guide

Free Speech and Censorship:  Examining the Facts

Free Speech and Censorship:  Opinions Throughout History.   Reference  KF  4772 .I 87 2022

The New Censorship:  Opposing Viewpoints.  General  HM 1176 .N 48 2023

Conspiracies

Conspiracies:   Critical Insights to Literature

Conspiracy Encyclopedia   Reference HV 6275 .C 66 2005
Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories
The Encyclopedia of Misinformation : A Compendium of Imitations, Spoofs, Delusions, Simulations, Counterfeits, Impostors, Illusions, Confabulations, Skullduggery, Frauds, Pseudoscience, Propaganda, Hoaxes, Flimflam, Pranks, Hornswoggle, Conspiracies & Miscellaneous Fakery
Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism in American History
Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior Ref. HM 866 .E 93 2009

List of COD Library books on Conspiracy Theories as a general topic
Call numbers for general conspiracy books start around HV 6275.
You can search the library catalog for books on particular conspiracies like this:
In the search box, type in: conspiracy* AND some subject keyword
Example: conspirac* AND lincoln

Constitutional Law

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

U.S. Constitution research guide
The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (U.S. Library of Congress)

American Constitutional Law: The Structure of Governments
American Constitutional Law: The Bill of Rights.
Constitutional Amendments: An Encyclopedia of the People, Procedures, Politics, Primary Documents [and] Campaigns for the 27 Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights - General KF 3941 .A 68 U 88 2011
Encyclopedia of Religion and the Law in America
Encyclopedia of the American Constitution - General KF 4548 .E 53 1986
Encyclopedia of the First Amendment - Reference KF 4770 .E 53 2009
Evolving Constitution: How the Supreme Court Has Ruled on Issues from Abortion to Zoning - General KF 4548 .L 54 1992
Great American Court Cases
Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court - General KF8742 .W567 2004
The Oxford Guide to American Supreme Court Decisions - Reference KF 4548 .O 97 1999
The Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia - Reference K 204 .P 49 1999
Supreme Decisions: Great Constitutional Cases and Their Impact.
United States Supreme Court Reports - Reference KF 101 .U 584

See also the section on Rules of Evidence below.

Evaluating Websites Help

Exploring Constitution Law
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/home.html
Find landmark cases and explore Constitutional law issues.

FindLaw US Supreme Court Center
http://supreme.lp.findlaw.com
Find recent con law cases under "Browse Cases by Topic for Each Term."

Landmark Supreme Court Cases
http://www.streetlaw.org/en/landmark/home
A resource center to help students explore the key issues of landmark cases.

Open Jurist
http://openjurist.org
This website gives access to free published court opinions.

Selected Constitutional Law Decisions of the US Supreme Court
http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cases/conlaw.htm
Highlights some landmark con law cases.

Elected Officials Contact Information

The President and the Vice President

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

Washington, D.C.  20500

Click here to send Email

Illinois Congressional Delegation

Senator Dick Durbin (Dem) (Senior member)

Senator Tammy Duckworth (Dem) (Junior member)

U.S. House District Representatives for the region around the College of DuPage.

U.S. House of Representatives Districts Map  (this will change after January 2023)

3rd - Marie Newman (Dem)

4th - Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (Dem)

5th - Mike Quigley (Dem)

6th - Sean Casten (Dem)

7th - Danny Davis (Dem)

8th - Raja Krishnamoorthi (Dem)

11th - Bill Foster (Dem)

14th - Lauren Underwood (Dem)

Elections and Voting

COD VOTES - a non-partisan organization of College of DuPage students, staff, faculty, and community members working to increase nonpartisan civic learning and engagement in the democratic process.

National Voter Registration Day

Elected Officials Contact Information

Political Communication Research Guide

Democratic Party

Democratic Party website
Illinois Democratic Party website
Dupage County Democratic Party website

Republican Party

Republican Party website
Illinois Republican Party website
DuPage County Republican Party website

Third Party
Libertarian Party website
Green Party website

Organized into General Works, Atlases, Debates

The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science: A User's Guide to its Terms
Campaigning for President in America, 1788-2016. Reference JK 524 .H 36 2016
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Ballotpedia: The Encyclopedia of American Politics.

Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections
Encyclopedia of Deception
Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Reference JC 585 .E 53 2008
Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion. Reference BL 65 .P7 E 53 2007
Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right.
Encyclopedia of Populism.
Encyclopedia of Public Choice
Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism in Modern American History
Encyclopedia of the American Left. Reference HX 86 .E58 1998
Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior.
Guide to U.S. Elections.
International Encyclopedia of Elections. Reference JF 1001 .I 57 2000

Money and  American  Politics:  An Encyclopedia

Polling America:  An Encyclopedia of Public Opinion
Presidential Campaigns, Slogans, Issues, and Platforms: The Complete Encyclopedia.

The Rules and Politics of American Primaries:  A State - by - State Guide to Democratic and  Repulican Primaries and Caucuses
The 21st-Century Voter: Who votes, How They Vote, and Why They Vote

Who Can Collect and Return an Absentee Ballot Other Than the Voter?


ATLASES
Geographic Perspectives on Democracy and Elections background reading
Atlas of American Politics, 1960-2000. Reference JK 271 .A 85 2002
Atlas of the 2008 Elections. General G 1201 .F 9 A 8 2011
Atlas of the 2012 Elections. General  G 1201 .F 9 A 8 2014

Atlas of the 2016 Elections.  General  G 1201 .F 9 A 8 2018

Atlas of the 2020 Elections.   Reference  G 1201 .F 9 A 8 2020
The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress, 1789-1989. General G 1201 .F 9 M 26 1989
The Historical Atlas of State Power in Congress, 1790-1990. General G 1201 .F 7 M 3 1993
The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts, 1789-1983. General G 1201 .F 9 M 3 1982
Historical Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections 1788-2004. Reference JK  524 .H 57 2006
The Routledge Historical Atlas of Presidential Elections. Reference JK  524 .M 54 2001


DEBATES
Commission on Presidential Debates background reading
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates background reading
Political Debates background reading
Presidential Debates background reading
Dictionary of Debate and Public Speaking.
List of COD Library books on Debates

Polling background reading
Voter Turnout background reading
The African American Electorate: A Statistical History. Reference JK 1924 .W 35 2012
The Almanac of State Legislative Elections : Voting Patterns and Demographics 2000-2006. Reference JK 1967 .A 77 2007
American National Election Studies Data Sourcebook, 1952-1986. Reference JK 1967 .M 54 1989
British Electoral Facts, 1832-2006. Reference JN 1037 .C 667 2007
Illinois Elections, 1818-1990 : Candidates and County Returns for President, Governor, Senate, and House of Representatives. Reference JK 5792 .I 45 1992
Presidential Elections, 1789-2008 : County, State, and National Mapping of Election Data. Reference JK 524 .D 47 2010
A Statistical History of American Presidential Elections. General JK 1967 .P 4 1963
United States Presidential Elections, 1788-1860 : The Official Results by County and State. Reference JK 524 .D 778 2002
United States Presidential Primary Elections, 2000-2004 : A Handbook of Election Statistics. Reference JK 522 .C 662 2007
U.S. Election Statistics: A Research Guide, from the U.S. Library of Congress
Voter Turnout since 1945: A Global Report. Reference JF 1001 .L 693 2002

COD VOTES - a non-partisan organization of College of DuPage students, staff, faculty, and community members working to increase nonpartisan civic learning and engagement in the democratic process.

EARLY  VOTING  IN  ILLINOIS

Almanac of Policy Issues

Ballotpedia
Can I Vote?
Chicago Board of Election Commissioners
Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA)
Cook County Clerk's Office -  elections
C-SPAN video library

Democracy Reform and Voting Rights in the United States Web Archive, from Columbia University
DuPage County Election Commission

e.the People

Election Assistance Commission (U.S.)

Electoral  College
FactCheck.org Checking the facts

Federal Voting  Assistance Program (FVAP)

FindLaw - Voting Rules and Rights
H-Borderlands. Discusses issues regarding the U.S./Mexico border, as well as borderlands worldwide.

Healthy Elections Project  A joint Stanford U. - MIT project to study election rules and procedures at the state level.
Huffington Post Poll Numbers
Illinois State Board of Elections
Kane County elections

League of Women Voters
Political TV Advertising Archive
PolitiFact Checking those facts
Open Secrets (lots of various types of financial information)
Real Clear Politics - Poll Numbers

USA.gov - Voter Information

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights - Voting Section
U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC)
U.S. Federal Election Laws

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) - Presidential  Elections and Inaugurations

Vote 411

Vote.gov (U.S.)
Vote Smart (lots of various types of information found here)

Voter Participation Center

Voter's Edge - Illinois

Voting and Elections Toolkit, from the Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT), of the  American Library Association (ALA)

Who Can Collect and Return an Absentee Ballot Other Than the Voter?
Will County elections

Genocide

The Armenian Genocide:  The Essential Reference Guide

Children of the Holocaust

The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust.   Reference D 804.3 .N 54 2000

Dictionary of the Holocaust.   Reference  D 804.25 .E 67 1997

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity.  Reference HV 6322.7 .E 532 2005

Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature.   Reference  PN 56 .H 55 E 53 2002

Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust.   Reference  DS 135 .E 8 E 45 2001

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust.   Reference D 804.3 .E 53 1990
Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice.
Encyclopedia of War Crimes and Genocide. 
Reference HV 6322.7 .H 67 2006

Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide

Historical Atlas of the Holocaust.   Reference  D 804.17 .H 57 1996
Historical Dictionary of Civil Wars in Africa.  Reference DT 21.5 .A 76 2008

Historical Dictionary of Holocaust Cinema

Historical Dictionary of the Holocaust.   Reference  D 804.25 .F 57 1999

Holocaust Literature:  A History and Guide

The Holocaust Encyclopedia.  Reference  D 804.25 .H 65 2001
Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence
Talking Conflict: The Loaded Language of Genocide.

At Issue:  The Rwanda Genocide.   General  DT 450.435 .R 839 2004

The Armenian Genocide:  Viewpoints on Modern World History.   General  DS 195.5 .A 7358 2018

The Border of Lights Reader:  Bearing Witness to Genocide in the Dominican Republic

Centuries of Genocide:  Essays and Eyewitness Accounts

A Companion to the Holocaust

Genocide:  An Anthropological Reader.   General  HV  6322.7 .G 46 2002

Genocide and Mass Violence in Asia:  An Introductory Reader

Genocide and the Holocaust:  Defining Documents.   Reference HV  6322.7 .G 46635 2021

Immigration, Migration, and Refugees

American Immigration:  A Student Companion

Anti-Immigration in the United States: An Encyclopedia.

Atlas of American Migration.  Reference  G 1201 .E 27 F 5 1998

Atlas of Environmental Migration.   Reference  G 1046 .E 27 I 613 2016

Atlas of Human Migration.   General  GN 370 .A 85 2007

Atlas of Migration in Europe:  A Critical Geography of Migration Policies:  Reference JV  590 .M 55213 2019
Chronology of Immigration in the United States.  Reference JV 6450 .W 76 2008
Contemporary Immigration in America: A State-by-State Encyclopedia.
Dictionary of American Immigration History. 
General JV 6450 .D 53 1990
Encyclopedia of American Immigration.  Reference JV 6465 .E 53 2010
Encyclopedia of Diasporas : Immigrant and Refugee Cultures Around the World.  Reference DS 134 .E 63 2004
Encyclopedia of Immigration and Migration in the American West.

Encyclopedia of Migration and Minorities in Europe:  From the Seventeenth Century to the Present
Encyclopedia of North American Immigration.

Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration
Facts about American Immigration. 
Reference JV 6465 .B 73 2001
Immigration and Asylum : From 1900 to the Present.

The Immigration and  Nationality Act of 1965:  A Reference Guide
Immigration in America Today: An Encyclopedia.
Reference JV 6465 .I 4754 2006
Immigration in U.S. History (an encyclopedia). General JV 6450 .I 565 2006
Issues in U.S. Immigration.  Reference JV 6450 .I 565 2015
Key Concepts in Migration. Reference JV 6021 .B 37 2014

People on the Move:  An Atlas of Migration.   Reference  G  1046 .E 27 P 46 2010
Undocumented Immigrants in the United States: An Encyclopedia of Their Experience.

The U.S. - Mexico Border:  A Reference Handbook.   General  F 787 .L 46 2022

COD Library Controversial Topics Research Guide
COD Library Ethnic Groups Research Guide
COD Library Social Problems Research Guide
Border and Migration Studies This database has streaming videos and other print content on various aspects of life along borders.

American Immigration and Citizenship:  A Documentary History

Immigration Law Sourcebook:  A Compendium of Immigration - Related Laws and Policy Documents

Immigration:  Select Documents and Court Records.   General  JV  6455 .A 7 1969

The New Immigration:  An Interdisciplinary Reader

Peoples on the Move:  The Immigration Crisis (Opposing Viewpoints).   General  JV 6483 .P 445 2023

U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Laws and Issues:  A Documentary History.   General  KF 4818 .U 25 1999

Intelligence and Espionage

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. (2005)
Encyclopedia of the Central Intelligence Agency. Reference UB 251 .U 5 S 63 2003
Historical Dictionary of Intelligence Failures. (2015)
Surveillance in America: An Encyclopedia. (2016)
List of Historical Dictionaries on Intelligence at the COD Library
COD Library research guide on Fake News
COD Library research guide on Lying and Deception

International Relations and Governments

The Brennan Center for Justice (New York University School of Law). Covers justice issues worldwide.
Center for Democracy and Technology. Covers the issue of global civil liberties.
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Provides expert commentary about world events and issues.
Central Eurasian Interactive Atlas Project. This University of Washington study provides commentary about world events and issues.
Constitution Finder. Search for state as well as worldwide constitutions.
Council on Foreign Relations. Independent, non-partisan think tank covering issues worldwide.
Countries of the World - Infoplease
Economic Freedom of the World Report. Report uses data to measure economic freedom in 141 nations.
Foreign Affairs Online. A University of Virginia website covering international relations and U.S. foreign policy.
Foreign Policy Research Institute. Information on foreign policies that advance U.S. interests.

Global Migration Research Guide

Global  Protest Tracker
H-Borderlands. Discusses issues regarding the U.S./Mexico border, as well as borderlands worldwide.
Inter-American Development Bank. Provides financial support for development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
International Monetary Fund. This agency of the United Nations provides advice and financial backing to primarily developing countries.
Nationmaster. Data in charts, graphs, and tables on countries throughout the world.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). A directory of NGO's compiled from a variety of sites.
Overseas Loans and Grants. Historical record of worldwide financial aid provided by the United States.
Political Database of the Americas. Extensive data on countries in the Americas, from Georgetown University's Center for Latin American Studies.
Project Vote Smart Find your representative by address and zip code, or take a survey to see which candidate matches your beliefs.
The United Nations
The United Nations Library
The World Bank. Provides financial assistance to developing countries.
World Concern Institute. Democracy rankings for 150 of the largest nations in the world.
World Values Survey. Research project that examines people's values and beliefs throughout the world

Legal System

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

Crime and Punishment in America : An Encyclopedia of Trends and Controversies in the Justice System.
Crime and the Justice System in America : An Encyclopedia. 
General HV 6789 .C 6884 1997
Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and International Perspectives
Encyclopedia of the American Judicial System.
General KF 154 .E 53 1987
Gale Encyclopedia of American Law Reference KF 154 .W 47 2011
Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law
The Judicial Branch of State Government : People, Process, and Politics. 
Reference KF 8736 .J 83 2006
Legal Systems of the World : A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia.  Reference K 48 .L 44 2002

The Oxford Companion to American Law.   General  KF 156 .O 94 2002
The Philosophy of Law: An EncyclopediaReference K 204 .P 49 1999

The State and Federal Courts: A Complete Guide to History, Powers, and Controversy.

The Supreme Court of the United States:  A Student Companion.   General  KF 8742 .A 35 P38 2001
The U.S. Justice System: An Encyclopedia.

Marxism, Communism, Socialism

The Anti-Capitalist Dictionary: Movements, Histories, and Motivations. (2006)
Biographical Dictionary of Marxism. Reference HX 23 .B 568 1986
Biographical Dictionary of Neo-Marxism. Reference HX 23 .B 57 1985
The Dictionary of Alternatives, Utopianism and Organisation.

Dictionary of American Communal and Utopian History.  Reference  HX 653 .F 65 1980
Dictionary of the Politics of the People's Republic of China. Reference DS 777.75 .D 53 1998

Dictionary of Alternatives:  Utopianism and Organization
Encyclopedia of China. Reference DS 705 .P 47 1999
Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe : From the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism. Reference DJK 6 .E 53 2000
Encyclopedia of Governance
Encyclopedia of the American Left. Reference HX 86 .E 58 1998

Encyclopedia of Utopian Literature.  Reference  PN 56 .U 8 S 66 1995
Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict. (2008)
Historical Dictionary of Marxism. Reference HX17 .W 36 2007
Historical Dictionary of North Korea. Reference DS 933.7 .K 55 2003
Historical Dictionary of Socialism. Reference HX17 .D 63 1997
Isms and Ologies: All the Movements, Ideologies, and Doctrines that have Shaped Our World: The 453 Basic Tenets You've Only Pretended to Understand. Reference HM 585 .G655 2007
Marx Dictionary
Marxism, Communism, and Western society; A Comparative Encyclopedia. General AE 5 .M 27 1972
Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia. also General HM 1231 .C 85 2003

Utopias and Utopianism:  A Historical Dictionary.  Reference  HX 626 .T 73 1999

19th Amendment / Women and the Vote

Encyclopedia of Women and American Politics    

International Encyclopedia of Women's Suffrage

Political and Historical Encyclopedia of Women

Votes for Women!  The American Suffrage Movement  and the Nineteenth Amendment:  A Reference Guide.

Women, A Modern Political Dictionary.    Reference  HQ 1595 .A 3 L 39 2000

Women in American History:  A Social, Political and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection

Women in the American Political System:  An Encyclopedia

Women's Rights in the United States:  A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People

Women and Gender Studies library research guide

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 (a collection of primary documents)

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history generally at the same time that it makes the insights into women's history. The collection currently includes 108 document projects and archives with almost 4,300 documents and more than 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by more than 2,200 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools. Also included is online version of Notable American Women and the database on Commissions on the Status of Women.

Peace

Biographical Dictionary of Modern Peace Leaders. Reference JX 1962 .A 2 B 56 1985
Dictionary of Conflict Resolution.
Encyclopedia of Peace Education.
General JZ 5533 .E 48 2008
Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. Reference JZ 5533 .E 65 2012
Encyclopedia of Peaceful Societies.
Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements.
Reference KZ 4968 .O 84 2003
Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict.
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Conflict and Conflict Resolution, 1945-1996.
General D 842 .J 47 1998

Humanitarianism:  Keywords
Major Peace Treaties of Modern History. General JX 121 .I 8 2002
Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence
Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace.
Reference JZ 5533 .O 95 2010

Peace Terms:  A Glossary  of Terms for Conflict Management and Peacebuilding
Religion and Violence : An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present (2011)
Talking Conflict : The Loaded Language of Genocide, Political Violence, Terrorism, and Warfare.

Political Communication

Allsides Red Blue Dictionary

Covering American Politics in the 21st Century : An Encyclopedia of News Media Titans, Trends, and Controversies.
Dog Whistles, Walk-backs, and Washington Handshakes : Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech.
Encyclopedia of Deception

The Encyclopedia of Misinformation : A Compendium of Imitations, Spoofs, Delusions, Simulations, Counterfeits, Impostors, Illusions, Confabulations, Skullduggery, Frauds, Pseudoscience, Propaganda, Hoaxes, Flimflam, Pranks, Hornswoggle, and Conspiracies.
Encyclopedia of New Media: An Essential Reference to Communication and Technology.
Encyclopedia of Political Communication
Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture
Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics.
Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining. Reference QA76.9 .D 343 E 538 2014
Historical Dictionary of Political Communication in the United States. Reference JA 85.2 .U 6 H 57 1999

Key Concepts in Political Communication

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Communication and Critical Cultural Studies.
Partisan Journalism : A History of Media Bias in the United States. General PN 4888 .O 25 K 84 2014

The Media Manipulation Casebook website
Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia. also General HM 1231 .C 85 2003

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior
The Social Media Revolution : An Economic Encyclopedia of Friending, Following, Texting, and Connecting.
Tweeting to Freedom: An Encyclopedia of Citizen Protests and Uprisings Around the World.
Weasel Words: The Dictionary of American Doublespeak. Ref. PE 2839 .W37 2006

C-SPAN Political Ad Collection

The Living Room  Candidate:  Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1952 - 2020.  (Museum  of the Moving Image)

Political Advertising Resource Center (The Center for Political Communications and Civic Leadership, the University of Maryland)

Political Commercial Archive (The Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma)

Political TV Ad Archive

Privacy

Propaganda

State and Local Politics

Local Politics overview

Chicago Region Library Research Guide

Geographic Perspectives on Democracy and Elections

Metropolitan Government history

Political Geography and Local Boundaries overview

Politics in the Suburbs overview

Urban Studies Library Research Guide


Allsides Red Blue Dictionary

The Book of the States. Latest edition in Reference JK 2403 .B 6. With statistical and directory information.
Cities in American Political History.
The Executive Branch of State Government: People, Process, and Politics. Reference JK 2446.5 .E 94 2006
Guide to State Politics and Policy.
Guide to Urban Politics and Policy in the United States.
The Judicial Branch of State Government: People, Process, and Politics. Reference KF 8736 .J 83 2006
The Legislative Branch of State Government: People, Process, and Politics. Reference JK 2488 .L 58 2006
Money in American Politics: An Encyclopedia
Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions. Reference JK 2408 .P 623 2009

COD VOTES - a non-partisan organization of College of DuPage students, staff, faculty, and community members working to increase nonpartisan civic learning and engagement in the democratic process.

Elected Officials Contact Information

BillTrack50.com   For tracking legislation in state legislatures.

Council of  State Governments (CSG)

DuPage County Mayors and Managers Conference

Latino Policy Forum

LGBTQ Pride Month

Maplight.org. Nonpartisan group that researches campaign contributions at all levels of government.

National Association of State  Budget Officers (NASBO)

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
National Institute on Money on State Politics. Nonpartisan list of contributions to political campaigns.
National Governors Association. Information about governors in every state.
Open Government Guide is a complete compendium of information on every state's open records and open meetings laws. Each state's section is arranged according to a standard outline, making it easy to compare laws in various states. - See more at: http://www.rcfp.org/open-government-guide#sthash.OIW8p12f.dpuf

Openstates.org   For tracking legislation in state legislatures.
Politics1.org. Election resources on parties, candidates, ideological positions and issues at both the national and state level.
Project Vote Smart Find your representative by address and zip code, or take a survey to see which candidate matches your beliefs.
State and Local Government web sites directory

Stateline, current news about state governments and issues, from the Pew Charitable Trust

Terrorism

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

Global Terrorism Database

Chronologies of Modern Terrorism Reference HV 6431 .R 84 2008
Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups Reference HN 90 .R 3 A 75 2002
Encyclopedia of Modern Worldwide Extremists and Extremist Groups Reference HN 49 .R 33 A 85 2004
Encyclopedia of Terrorism
Encyclopedia of World Terrorism Reference HV 6431 .E 53 2003
Extremist Groups: Information for Students Reference HN 90 .R 3 E 975 2006
Historical Dictionary of Terrorism General HV 6431 .A 537 2002
9/11 and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq : A Chronology and Reference Guide
9/11 Encyclopedia
Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America : A Chronology Reference HN 90 .V 5 H 49 2005
Religion and Violence : An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present

September 11 in Popular Culture:  A GuideGeneral  HV 6432.7 .S 455 2010
Shocked and Awed : A Dictionary of the War on Terror Reference JZ 1253.5 .H 355 2010
Talking Terrorism : A Dictionary of the Loaded Language of Political Violence
Terrorism: Essential Primary Resources
Terrorism: The Essential Reference Guide
The War on Terror Encyclopedia : From the Rise of Al-Qaeda to 9/11 and Beyond

Theories and Philosophy

What is Political Philosophy?

What is Political Anthropology?

What is Political Sociology?
Be sure to look in the other political science dictionaries and encyclopedias listed above.
PHILOSOPHY library research guide
A list of COD Library books on Political Philosophy


A Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory.
Encyclopedia of Political Theory
Encyclopedia of Social Theory

50 Classics of Politics  (summaries of important books)
A Glossary of Political Theory
Isms and Ologies: All the Movements, Ideologies, and Doctrines that have Shaped Our World: The 453 Basic Tenets You've Only Pretended to Understand. Reference HM 585 .G655 2007
Key Concepts in Governance
Key Concepts in Political Communication
The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Reference CB 9 .N 49 2005
The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought
Political Philosophy, A-Z
Political Theories for Students and Reference JA 81 .P617 2002
Political Theory: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary and Classic Terms

Ukraine Crisis

The Black Sea Encyclopedia

Border Disputes:  A Global Encyclopedia.

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Russia and the Former Soviet Union.   General  DK 14 .C 35 1994

Cultural Atlas of Russia and the Former Soviet Union.   General  DK 32 .M 62 1998

Digital Atlas of Ukraine Project (from Harvard University)

Encyclopedia of Ukraine

The Geopolitical Black Sea Encyclopedia

Historical Dictionary of Belarus

Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine

Restless Empire:  A Historical Atlas of Russia.   Reference  DK 18.7 .B 375 2015

Routledge Atlas of Russian History.  General  G 2111 .S 1 G 52 2007

Ukraine:  A Concise Encyclopedia

Ukraine:  A Historical Atlas.   General  G 2151 .S 1 M 34 1985

Geography Research Guide

History Research Guide

Propaganda Research Guide

Conflict in the 21st Century:  The Impact of Cyber Warfare, Social Media, and Technology

The Gates of Europe:  A History of Ukraine.  General  DK 508.1 .P 55 2015

A Geography of Russia and its Neighbors.  General  DK 510.28 .B 55 2021

Inside the Mind of Vladimir Putin.   Downstairs Display  DK 510.766 .P 87 E 4813 2018

Russia against the Rest:  The Post--Cold War Crisis of the World Order.   General  D 856 .S 35 2017

Russia Resurrected:  Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order

Russia, Ukraine, and the Breakup of of the Soviet Union.   General  DK 67.5 .U 38 S 98 2000

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