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American Citizenship: Defining Documents. Reference JK 1759 .A 647 2021
The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science: A User's Guide to its Terms
Church and State: Opinions Throughout History. Reference BR 516 .I 885 2022
Congress of the United States: A Student Companion
Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices
Dictionary of Politics and Government
Dissent and Protest: Defining Documents in American History. General HM 881 .D 57 2017
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 Abbreviations and Acronyms in Science and Technology: Series C - Disarmament, Policy of Peace, Military Policy.
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 LGBT Politics and Policy
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Political Decision Making
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion
The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics.
The Oxford Handbook of Freedom. General B 824.4 .O 94 2018
Patriotism: Critical Insights to Literature. General PN 56 .P 34 P 38 2021
Polling America: An Encyclopedia of Public Opinion
Politics and Politicians: Working Americans, 1880-2018. General HD 8066 .D 47 vol.15
Religion and Contemporary Politics: A Global Encyclopedia
SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior.
Statistical Abstract of the United States. Latest print editions at Ready Reference. Older editions at General HA 202 .U 5 S 93.
Talking Conflict : The Loaded Language of Genocide, Political Violence, Terrorism, and Warfare.
Working Americans: Politics and Politicians, 1880 - 2018. General HD 8066 .D 47 vol.15