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 (date coverage varies)
    Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.

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.

Red International and Black Caribbean (Stevens, Margaret, author.) Frost Library; HX151.A6 S74 2017

The practice of socialist internationalism (Imlay, Talbot C., author.) Frost Library; HX239 .I52 2018

Vanguard of the revolution : the global idea of the Communist Party (McAdams, A. James, author.) Frost Library; HX36 .M355 2017

The power and politics of art in postrevolutionary Mexico (Smith, Stephanie J., author.) Frost Library; HX521 .S575 2017

The archaeology of utopian and intentional communities (Kozakavich, Stacy C., author.) Frost Library; HX653 .K69 2017

Oneida utopia : a community searching for human happiness and prosperity (Wonderley, Anthony Wayne, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; HX656.O5 W59 2017

Anarchy explained to my father (Dupuis-Déri, Francis, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; HX833 .D4713 2017

Considering Emma Goldman : feminist political ambivalence & the imaginative archive (Hemmings, Clare, author.) Frost Library; HX843.7.G65 H466 2018

Goddess of anarchy : the life and times of Lucy Parsons, American radical (Jones, Jacqueline, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; HX843.7.P37 J66 2017

Faces on the ballot : the personalization of electoral systems in Europe (Renwick, Alan, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; JA74.5 .R46 2016

The democratic faith : essays on democratic citizenship (Sniderman, Paul M., author.) Frost Library; JA74.5 .S64 2017

Landscapes of power : politics of energy in the Navajo nation (Powell, Dana E., 1973-, author.) Frost Library; JA75.8 .P76 2018

Mothers and others : the role of parenthood in politics Frost Library; JA76 .M65 2017

Wrong turnings : how the left got lost (Hodgson, Geoffrey Martin, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; JA83 .H625 2018

Mediatized political campaigns : a caribbean perspective (Bachan-Persad, Indrani, author.) Frost Library; JA85.2.C27 B334 2017

Social media and politics : a new way to participate in the political process Frost Library; JA85.2.U6 S67 2017

The radical Machiavelli : politics, philosophy and language Frost Library; JC143.M3946 R34 2015

Montesquieu and the despotic ideas of Europe : an interpretation of The Spirit of the Laws (Sullivan, Vickie B., author.) Frost Library; JC179.M753 S95 2017

Nietzsche's great politics (Drochon, Hugo, author.) Frost Library; JC233.N52 D76 2016

Max Weber and international relations Frost Library; JC263.W42 M36 2017

Border as method, or, the multiplication of labor (Mezzadra, Sandro.) Frost Library; JC323 .M49 2013

Fascism, liberalism and Europeanism in the political thought of Bertrand de Jouvenel and Alfred Fabr (Knegt, Daniel.) Frost Library; JC348 .K64 2017

The road to somewhere : the populist revolt and the future of politics (Goodhart, David, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .G63354 2017

Dictators and democrats : masses, elites, and regime change (Haggard, Stephan, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .H285 2016

The people vs. democracy : why our freedom is in danger and how to save it (Mounk, Yascha, 1982-, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .M685 2018

Confrontational citizenship : reflections on hatred, rage, revolution, and revolt (Sokoloff, William W., author.) Frost Library; JC423 .S6768 2017

On parliamentary war : partisan conflict and procedural change in the U.S. Senate (Wallner, James I., author.) Frost Library; JC423 .W285 2017

The international politics of authoritarian rule (Tansey, Oisín, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; JC480 .T36 2016

Fascism : a very short introduction (Passmore, Kevin.) Frost Library; JC481 .P372 2014

Transatlantic antifascisms : from the Spanish Civil War to the end of World War II (Seidman, Michael (Michael M.) author.) Frost Library; JC481 .S45 2018

Regime consolidation and transitional justice : a comparative study of Germany, Spain and Turkey (Mihr, Anja, 1969- author.) Frost Library; JC489 .M55 2018

A world history of ancient political thought : its significance and consequences (Black, Antony, author.) Frost Library; JC51 .B65 2016

Just responsibility : a human rights theory of global justice (Ackerly, Brooke A., author.) Frost Library; JC571 .A1338 2018

Self-evident truths? : human rights and the Enlightenment Frost Library; JC571 .S39175 2012

Inventing the silent majority in Western Europe and the United States Frost Library; JC573.2.E85 I59 2017

Republican like me : how I left the liberal bubble and learned to love the right (Stern, Ken, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; JC573.2.U6 S747 2017

Why liberalism failed (Deneen, Patrick J., 1964-, editor.) Frost Library; JC574 .D473 2018

The peculiarities of liberal modernity in imperial Britain Frost Library; JC574.2.G7 P43 2011

The once and future liberal : after identity politics (Lilla, Mark, author.) Frost Library; JC574.2.U6 L56 2017

Pragmatist egalitarianism (Rondel, David, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; JC575 .R563 2018

Trusting enemies : interpersonal relationships in international conflict (Wheeler, Nicholas J., author.) Frost Library; JZ1305 .W52 2018

What is orientation in global thinking? : a Kantian inquiry (Flikschuh, Katrin, author.) Frost Library; JZ1308 .F55 2017

Protean power : exploring the uncertain and unexpected in world politics Frost Library; JZ1310 .P76 2018

Just security in an undergoverned world Frost Library; JZ1318 .J87 2018

The eighteenth centuries : global networks of enlightenment Frost Library; JZ1329.5 .E54 2018

Emergent strategy and grand strategy : how American presidents succeed in foreign policy (Popescu, Ionut C., author.) Frost Library; JZ1480 .P658 2017

Political tribes : group instinct and the fate of nations (Chua, Amy, author.) Frost Library; JZ1480.A5 C48 2018

U.S. foreign policy and Muslim women's human rights (Shannon, Kelly J., author.) Frost Library; JZ1480.A55 S43 2018

Our time has come : how India is making its place in the world (Ayres, Alyssa, author.) Frost Library; JZ1737 .A987 2018

Cultures of doing good : anthropologists and NGOs Frost Library; JZ4841 .C85 2017

The UN at war : peace operations in a new era (Karlsrud, John, author.) Frost Library; JZ4971 .K37 2018

Windows of opportunity : how women seize peace negotiations for political change (Anderson, Miriam J.) Frost Library; JZ5578 .A67 2016

Superpowers, rogue states and terrorism : countering the security threats to the West (Moorcraft, Paul L., author.) Frost Library; JZ5588 .M66 2017

The alternate route : nuclear weapon-free zones (Graham, Thomas, author.) Frost Library; JZ5665 .G73 2017

Iran nuclear accord and the remaking of the Middle East (Entessar, Nader, author.) Frost Library; JZ5675 .E58 2018

The Iran nuclear deal : bombs, bureaucrats , and billionaires (Jett, Dennis C., 1945-, author.) Frost Library; JZ5675 .J48 2018

The changing security dynamics of the Persian Gulf Frost Library; JZ6009.P35 C43 2017

Diplomacy : communication and the origins of international order (Trager, Robert F., author.) Frost Library; JZ6045 .T73 2017

Preventive engagement : how America can avoid war, stay strong, and keep the peace (Stares, Paul B., author.) Frost Library; JZ6368 .S735 2018

Violence and restraint in civil war : civilian targeting in the shadow of international law (Stanton, Jessica A., 1978-, author.) Frost Library; JZ6385 .S78 2016