Political Science Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • Political Science Database (ProQuest) (1985 to present)
    Full-text articles from leading political science and international relations journals.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (1975 to present)
    Covers international journals in political science and its complementary fields.
  • CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online (1991 to present)
    A comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs.
  • PAIS Index (1972 to present)
    Coverage of articles, selected books, government documents, research reports, etc., from a wide range of social sciences.
    Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
  • LexisNexis Academic (Now called: Nexis Uni) (date coverage varies)
    Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers, business information and company profiles.
  • HeinOnline
    Full-text legal materials back to volume 1, historic English law and more. (Alumni access)
  • WestLaw (Thomson Reuters)
    Federal and state laws, law reviews, legal encyclopedias and dictionaries. Also newspapers and the European Union Library.
  • PhilPapers
    Comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers.

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases


Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics
    Contains 1,700 brief definitions to terminology used in politics and political science.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online - Political Science
    Scholarly bibliographies that provide authoritative guides to over 200 topics in political science, written and reviewed by academic experts, with original commentary and annotations.
  • Oxford Companion to American Politics
    Long entries form the core of the book, covering such topics as climate change, terrorism, welfare policies, nuclear proliferation, voting behavior, and think tanks. Each of these entries includes high-level scrutiny of the literature, history, and future of the topic.
  • Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics
    The Companion focuses on the major theories, concepts, and conclusions that define comparative politics, analyzing the similarities and differences between political units. Entries cover such topics as failed states, grand strategies, soft power, capital punishment, gender and politics, and totalitarianism, as well as countries such as China and Afghanistan.
  • Europa World Plus
    Economic, political, historical, and geographic profiles of 250+ countries and global regions.
  • Reference Universe
    Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.
  • International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Scholarly surveys of all aspects of social sciences.

Primary Sources

Check out these resources first (also see the Primary Sources research guide).
  • American State Papers (1789-1838)
    Full-image database of legislative and executive documents of Congress. Continued by U.S. Congressional Serial Set.
  • Congressional Publications
    Index to U.S. congressional material, some full text.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1976)
    Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Preceded by American State Papers.

Data & Statistics

Locate data and statistical resources for research in this discipline.

  • U.S. Political Stats
    Data from all three branches of U.S. government, including Supreme Court decisions, floor votes, presidential performance, and other measures. Browseable by data type, policy, and government branch, and features maps and data visualizations.
  • ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
    World's largest archive of computerized social science data, provides abstracts and data.
  • iPOLL
    Database contains survey questions and answers asked in the US over the last 70+ years by more than 150 survey organizations. Create a personal registration for access to full features.
  • Historical Statistics of the United States
    Standard source for quantitative information about the U.S., updated and includes 37,000 data series.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest)
    Provides statistical tables and charts covering various aspects of social, political and economic conditions of the United States.
  • Statistical Insight (ProQuest)
    Searches U.S. federal government (1974-present), international intergovernmental (1983-present), state government and privately published documents (1981-present) that contain statistics. Many tables are available online as images or Excel files.
  • China Data Online
    Includes monthly and yearly reports on national, regional, and local macro-economics, as well as statistical yearbooks and census data.
  • China Statistical Yearbooks (1949 to present)
    Digital repository of statistical and census data published officially by the mainland Chinese government.

New Titles

The national debt : a short history (Slater, Martin, author.) Frost Library; HJ9431 .S53 2018

From media systems to media cultures : understanding socialist television (Mihelj, Sabina, author. http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n2011006513) Frost Library; HX550.M35 M54 2018

Justice and the meritocratic state (Mulligan, Thomas, author.) Frost Library; JA66 .M77 2018

The dynamics of change in modern world politics (Kachiga, Jean, author.) Frost Library; JA71 .K233 2018

Darkness now visible : patriarchy's resurgence and feminist resistance (Gilligan, Carol, 1936-, author.) Frost Library; JA76 .G534 2018

Queer terror : life, death, and desire in the settler colony (Schotten, C. Heike, author.) Frost Library; JA80 .S365 2018

Princeton readings in political thought : essential texts from Plato to populism Frost Library; JA81 .P928 2018

The state of state theory : state projects, repression, and multi-sites of power (Glasberg, Davita Silfen, author.) Frost Library; JC11 .G53 2018

Reading Machiavelli : scandalous books, suspect engagements, and the virtue of populist politics (McCormick, John P., 1966-, author.) Frost Library; JC143.M4 M336 2018

Spinoza's political treatise : a critical guide Frost Library; JC163.S7343 S65 2018

Thomas Paine : Britain, America, and France in the Age of Enlightenment and revolution (Clark, J. C. D., author.) Frost Library; JC177.A4 C53 2018

Kant's international relations : the political theology of perpetual peace (Molloy, Seán, author.) Frost Library; JC181.K4 M65 2017

Brill's companion to Leo Strauss' writings on classical political thought Frost Library; JC251.S8 B75 2015

National matters : materiality, culture and nationalism Frost Library; JC311 .N2917 2017

The Doreen Massey reader (Massey, Doreen B., author.) Frost Library; JC319 .M37 2018

The age of walls : how barriers between nations are changing our world (Marshall, Tim, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; JC323 .M37 2018

A duty to resist : when disobedience should be uncivil (Delmas, Candice, author.) Frost Library; JC328.3 .D436 2018

Naming violence : a critical theory of genocide, torture, and terrorism (Thaler, Mathias, author.) Frost Library; JC328.6 .T54 2018

Nation building : why some countries come together while others fall apart (Wimmer, Andreas, author.) Frost Library; JC336 .W56 2018

Small states in the international system : at peace and at war (Jesse, Neal G., 1967-) Frost Library; JC365 .J47 2016

Power and humility : the future of monitory democracy (Keane, John, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; JC421 .K374 2018

Authoritarianism and the elite origins of democracy (Albertus, Michael, 1983-, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .A4943 2018

Can democracy work? : a short history of a radical idea, from ancient Athens to our world (Miller, Jim, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .M617 2018

Good government : democracy beyond elections (Rosanvallon, Pierre, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .R169313 2018

The anti-egalitarian mutation : the failure of institutional politics in liberal democracies (Urbinati, Nadia, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .U77513 2016

Authoritarianism : what everyone needs to know (Frantz, Erica, author.) Frost Library; JC480 .F74 2018

Fascism old and new : American politics at the crossroads (Boggs, Carl, author.) Frost Library; JC481 .B524 2018

National human rights action planning (Chalabi, Azadeh, 1985- author.) Frost Library; JC571 .C486 2018

The mass appeal of human rights (Pruce, Joel R., author.) Frost Library; JC571 .P794 2019

Rally point : five tasks to unite the country and revitalize the American dream (Gibson, Christopher P. (Christopher Patrick) author.) Frost Library; JC573.2.U6 G53 2017

Rude awakening : threats to the global liberal order (Guillén, Mauro F., author.) Frost Library; JC574 .G84 2018

The lost history of liberalism : from ancient Rome to the twenty-first century (Rosenblatt, Helena, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; JC574 .R67 2018

The politics of petulance : America in an age of immaturity (Wolfe, Alan, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; JC574.2.U6 W67 2018

Injustice : political theory for the real world (Goodhart, Michael E., 1969-, author.) Frost Library; JC578 .G648 2018

War and liberty : an American dilemma : 1790 to the present (Stone, Geoffrey R.) Frost Library; JC591 .S76 2007

Playing the identity card : surveillance, security and identification in global perspective Frost Library; JC596 .P53 2008

North Korean human rights : activists and networks Frost Library; JC599.K7 N68 2018

The coddling of the American mind (Lukianoff, Greg, author.) Frost Library; JC599.U5 L85 2018

Democracy and the cartelization of political parties (Katz, Richard S., author.) Frost Library; JF2051 .K328 2018

Life after dictatorship : authoritarian successor parties worldwide Frost Library; JF2051 .L446 2018

Critical international theory : an intellectual history (Devetak, Richard, author.) Frost Library; JZ1242 .D48 2018

Trust and hedging in international relations (Stiles, Kendall W., author.) Frost Library; JZ1249 .S75 2018

Global international society : a new framework for analysis (Buzan, Barry, author.) Frost Library; JZ1251 .B89 2018

On cultural diversity : international theory in a world of difference (Reus-Smit, Christian, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; JZ1251 .R486 2018

Who fights for reputation : the psychology of leaders in international conflict (Yarhi-Milo, Keren, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; JZ1253 .Y37 2018

This American moment : a feminist Christian realist intervention (Gentry, Caron E., author.) Frost Library; JZ1253.2 .G47 2018

The rise of the outsiders : how mainstream politics lost its way (Richards, Steve, 1960- author.) Frost Library; JZ1310 .R53 2018

Twilight of the titans : great power decline and retrenchment (Macdonald, Paul K., author.) Frost Library; JZ1312 .M34 2018

Restraining great powers : soft balancing from empires to the global era (Paul, T. V., author.) Frost Library; JZ1313 .P38 2018

Think tanks, foreign policy and the emerging powers Frost Library; JZ1319 .T55 2019

Women as foreign policy leaders : national security and gender politics in superpower America (Bashevkin, Sylvia B., author.) Frost Library; JZ1480 .B37 2018

A new foreign policy : beyond American exceptionalism (Sachs, Jeffrey, author.) Frost Library; JZ1480 .S23 2018

Russia abroad : driving regional fracture in post-Communist Eurasia and beyond Frost Library; JZ1616 .R86 2018

Changing regional alliances for China and the West Frost Library; JZ1734 .C524 2018

Divided sovereignty : international institutions and the limits of state authority (Pavel, Carmen E., author.) Frost Library; JZ4850 .P39 2015

Performances of Injustice : the politics of truth, justice and reconciliation in Kenya (Lynch, Gabrielle, author.) Frost Library; JZ5584.K4 L96 2018

Preventing chemical weapons : arms control and disarmament as the sciences converge Frost Library; JZ5830 .P74 2018

North Korean military proliferation in the Middle East and Africa (Bechtol, Bruce E., 1959-, author.) Frost Library; JZ6009.K7 B43 2018

The alternatives to war : from sanctions to nonviolence (Pattison, James, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; JZ6360 .P38 2018

Challenges for humanitarian intervention : ethical demand and political reality Frost Library; JZ6369 .C43 2018