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Political Science: Reference Materials

Reference Materials

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

MOST IMPORTANT:   Encyclopedia of Political Science

Collections of Many Online Reference Books in one place:

Credo Reference     and    Gale eBooks / Gale Virtual Reference Library

The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science: A User's Guide to its Terms
Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices
Dictionary of Politics and Government
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics

Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics
Encyclopedia of Democracy. Reference JC 423 .E 53 1995

Encyclopedia of Federal Agencies and Commissions
Encyclopedia of Governance
Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Reference JC 585 .E 53 2008
Encyclopedia of Nationalism also Reference JC 311 .E 63 2001
Encyclopedia of Political Communication
Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion. Reference BL 65 .P7 E 53 2007
Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right.
Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture
Encyclopedia of Populism.
Encyclopedia of Public Choice
Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics.

Encyclopedia of the United States Congress

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency
A Glossary of Political Economy Terms
International Encyclopedia of Political Science

Legislating Morality in America : Debating the Morality of Controversial U.S. Laws and Policies.

LGBTQ Americans in the U.S. Political System: An Encyclopedia of Activists, Voters, Candidates, and Officeholders
Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences

The  Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion

Polling America:  An Encyclopedia of Public Opinion
Religion and Contemporary Politics:  A Global Encyclopedia
SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior.
Talking Conflict : The Loaded Language of Genocide, Political Violence, Terrorism, and Warfare.

List of COD databases about Statistics

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