Personality and Political Leadership

Fall 2012

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-338; Amy P. Demorest (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Dunstan C. McNutt.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
  • Primary Sources


When choosing your political leader, you will do well to see how much material has been written about the individual. The 5 College Catalog is a great place to start. You might start with the person's name as a Subject Keyword. Other subject keywords to add include:

  • Biography
  • Political leadership
  • Politic*
  • Psychological aspects
  • Psychology
  • Psycholog*

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

PsycInfo (1887 to present)
Covers the academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including psychiatry, sociology, education, and other areas.

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) (1951 to present)
Indexes about 3,000 journals and 7,000 books per year.


Biography in Context
Nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.


Television News Archive (1968 to present)
Searchable archive of abstracts of news broadcasts from 1968 to present (ABC, CBS, NBC), 1995 to present (CNN), selected content from PBS and FOX News.

Primary Sources

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.

Newsstand (ProQuest)
Full text for over 1,300 local, regional and national newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, and more.

American Presidency Project
Searchable database of the public papers of the presidents, including executive orders, proclamations, speeches, and much more.

5 College Catalog
Common sub-headings for primary sources include:

  • Archival Resources
  • Archives
  • Correspondence [note: use this if you are looking for letters]
  • Diaries
  • Interviews
  • Notebooks, sketchbooks
  • Personal narratives
  • Photographs
  • Sources
  • Speeches