Political Science Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources
  • Data & Statistics
  • New Titles
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.
  • 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.

World revolution, 1917-1936 : the rise and fall of the Communist International (James, C. L. R. (Cyril Lionel Robert), 1901-1989, author.) Frost Library; HX11.I5 J25 2017

Socialism and the experience of time : idealism and the present in modern France (Wright, Julian, author.) Frost Library; HX261.5 .W75 2017

Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels Gesamtausgabe (MEGA) (Marx, Karl, 1818-1883.) Frost Library; HX276 .M27684

Radical Gotham : anarchism in New York City from Schwab's saloon to Occupy Wall Street Frost Library; HX846.N7 R33 2017

Friendship reconsidered : what it means and how it matters to politics (Digeser, Peter, author.) Frost Library; JA71 .D52135 2016

The shipwrecked mind : on political reaction (Lilla, Mark, author.) Frost Library; JA71 .L55 2016

Rule breaking and political imagination (Shepsle, Kenneth A., author.) Frost Library; JA71 .S436 2017

Teachers of the people : political education in Rousseau, Hegel, Tocqueville, and Mill (Villa, Dana Richard, author.) Frost Library; JA71 .V56 2017

The politics of culture : around the work of Naoki Sakai Frost Library; JA75.7 .P664 2010

Political peoplehood : the roles of values, interests, and identities (Smith, Rogers M., 1953-, author.) Frost Library; JA75.7 .S64 2015

A history of modern political thought in East Central Europe (Trencsényi, Balázs, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; JA84.E92 T74 2016

The language of persuasion in politics : an introduction (Partington, Alan, author.) Frost Library; JA85 .P375 2018

Listening to women on the right (Friedman, Rachel B., author.) Frost Library; JA85.2.U6 F75 2017

The microbial state : global thriving and the body politic (Fishel, Stefanie R., 1972-, author.) Frost Library; JC11 .F57 2017

The many hands of the state : theorizing political authority and social control Frost Library; JC131 .M333 2017

Jean Bodin : 'this pre-eminent man of France' : an intellectual biography (Lloyd, Howell A., author.) Frost Library; JC139.B8 L56 2017

Machiavelli on liberty and conflict Frost Library; JC143.M4 M3225 2017

Traiano Boccalini fra erudizione e polemica : ricerche sulla fortuna e bibliografia critica (Hendrix, Harald.) Frost Library; JC158 .H46 1995

Traiano Boccalini tra satira e politica Frost Library; JC158.B7 T73 2015

Vita activa : the spirit of Hannah Arendt Frost Library; JC251.A74 V58

This is an uprising : how nonviolent revolt is shaping the twenty-first century (Engler, Mark, author.) Frost Library; JC328.3 .E54 2016

No is not enough : resisting Trump's shock politics and winning the world we need (Klein, Naomi, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; JC328.3 .K555 2017

The art of revolt : Snowden, Assange, Manning (Lagasnerie, Geoffroy de, author.) Frost Library; JC328.3 .L3313 2017

Ancient states and infrastructural power : Europe, Asia, and America Frost Library; JC330 .A53 2017

Democracy : stories from the long road to freedom (Rice, Condoleezza, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; JC421 .R49 2017

Democracy, pluralism and political theory (Connolly, William E.) Frost Library; JC423 .C694 2008

Democracy and its others (Epstein, Jeffrey H., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .E66 2016

On war and democracy (Kutz, Christopher.) Frost Library; JC423 .K87 2016

What is populism? (Müller, Jan-Werner, 1970-, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .M78395 2016

Democracy in crisis : why, where, how to respond (Rich, Roland, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .R4844 2017

Saving the people : how populists hijack religion Frost Library; JC423 .S274737 2016

Republic of equals : predistribution and property-owning democracy (Thomas, Alan, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .T425 2017

Antifa : the anti-fascist handbook (Bray, Mark (Political activist) author.) Frost Library; JC481 .B695 2017

From fascism to populism in history (Finchelstein, Federico, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; JC481 .F518 2017

Cuba's revolutionary world (Brown, Jonathan C. (Jonathan Charles), 1942-, author.) Frost Library; JC491 .B79 2017

The reactionary mind : conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump (Robin, Corey, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; JC573 .R63 2018

The iron cage of liberalism (Ritter, Daniel P., author.) Frost Library; JC574.2.M65 R58 2015

The transformation of American liberalism (Klosko, George, author.) Frost Library; JC574.2.U6 K59 2017

Putting inequality in context : income, public opinion, and representation in the United States (Ellis, Christopher, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; JC575 .E45 2017

The Athenian Constitution written in the School of Aristotle (Aristotle, author.) Frost Library; JC71 .A3513 2017

Citizenship in classical Athens (Blok, Josine, author.) Frost Library; JC75.C5 B56 2017

Classical Greek oligarchy : a political history (Simonton, Matthew, 1983-, author.) Frost Library; JC75.O43 S56 2017

On the commonwealth ; and, On the laws (Cicero, Marcus Tullius, author.) Frost Library; JC81 .C613 2017

The darkening web : the war for cyberspace (Klimburg, Alexander, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; JZ1254 .K56 2017

The Blackwell companion to globalization Frost Library; JZ1318 .B615 2007

The global turn : theories, research designs, and methods for global studies (Darian-Smith, Eve, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; JZ1318 .D366 2017

Retreat and its consequences : American foreign policy and the problem of world order (Lieber, Robert J., 1941-, author.) Frost Library; JZ1480 .L543 2016

European relations with Russia (Pézard, Stéphanie.) Frost Library; JZ1616 .P49 2017

The China order : Centralia, world empire, and the nature of Chinese power (Wang, Fei-Ling, author.) Frost Library; JZ1734 .W33 2017

Russian views of the international order (Radin, Andrew, author.) Frost Library; JZ5588 .R33 2017

Tug of war : surveillance capitalism, military contracting, and the rise of the security state (Wills, Jocelyn, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; JZ5588 .W55 2017

Weapons of mass destruction : the search for global security (Siracusa, Joseph M., author.) Frost Library; JZ5665 .S57 2017

Biosecurity dilemmas : dreaded diseases, ethical responses, and the health of nations (Enemark, Christian, author.) Frost Library; JZ5865.B56 E54 2017

International intervention and local politics (Hameiri, Shahar, author.) Frost Library; JZ6368 .H36 2017

The causes of war and the spread of peace : but will war rebound? (Gat, Azar, author.) Frost Library; JZ6385 .G38 2017

Wartime sexual violence : from silence to condemnation of a weapon of war (Crawford, Kerry F., author.) Frost Library; JZ6405.W66 C73 2017