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.
  • JSTOR
    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.

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

Russia and the British Left : from the 1848 revolutions to the General Strike (Burke, David (Historian of intelligence and international relations) author.) Frost Library; HX243 .B87 2018

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

The Hawthorn Archive : letters from the utopian margins (Gordon, Avery, author.) Frost Library; HX806 .G67 2018

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

Reality bites : rhetoric and the circulation of truth claims in U.S. political culture (Cloud, Dana L., author.) Frost Library; JA75.7 .C62 2018

Birth of a new earth : the radical politics of environmentalism (Parr, Adrian, author.) Frost Library; JA75.8 .P365 2018

Beyond bioethics : toward a new biopolitics Frost Library; JA80 .B47 2018

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

Race and the making of American political science (Blatt, Jessica, 1970- author.) Frost Library; JA84.U5 B49 2018

Reporting elections : rethinking the logic of campaign coverage (Cushion, Stephen, author.) Frost Library; JA85 .C87 2018

A rhetoric of divisive partisanship (Kelley, Colleen (Colleen E.) author.) Frost Library; JA85.2.U6 K45 2018

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

The Oxford handbook of Carl Schmitt Frost Library; JC263.S34 O94 2016

English uprising : Brexit and the mainstreaming of the far-right (Stocker, Paul, author.) Frost Library; JC311 .S8287 2017

The common good (Reich, Robert B., author.) Frost Library; JC330.15 .R455 2018

Colonial exchanges : political theory and the agency of the colonized Frost Library; JC359 .C649 2017

The populist temptation : economic grievance and political reaction in the modern era (Eichengreen, Barry J., author.) Frost Library; JC423 .E348 2018

How democracies die (Levitsky, Steven, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .L4855 2018

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

Myth and reality of the legitimacy crisis Frost Library; JC423 .M985 2017

American culture of despair : the sacred, secularity, and the test of time (Fenn, Richard K., author.) Frost Library; JC480 .F46 2017

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

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

Not enough : human rights in an unequal world (Moyn, Samuel, author.) Frost Library; JC571 .M8635 2018

Transitional justice, international assistance, and civil society : missed connections Frost Library; JC571 .T6996 2018

Suicide of the west (Goldberg, Jonah, author.) Frost Library; JC573.2.U6 G654 2018

Alt-Right : from 4chan to the White House (Wendling, Mike, author.) Frost Library; JC573.2.U6 W45 2018

Counter-revolution : liberal Europe in retreat (Zielonka, Jan, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; JC574.2.E85 Z44 2018

The promise of democratic equality in the United States (Roscoe, Douglas D., 1969-, author.) Frost Library; JC575 .R5665 2018

Poetic justice : rereading Plato's Republic (Frank, Jill, author.) Frost Library; JC71.P6 F735 2018

Roman political thought (Atkins, Jed W., author.) Frost Library; JC83 .A84 2018

Revisiting gendered states : feminist imaginings of the state in international relations Frost Library; JZ1253.2 .R49 2018

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

Political realism in apocalyptic times (McQueen, Alison (Alison E. J.), author.) Frost Library; JZ1307 .M39 2018

Politics recovered : realist thought in theory and practice Frost Library; JZ1307 .P55 2018

Of friends and foes : reputation and learning in world politics (Crescenzi, Mark J. C., 1970- author.) Frost Library; JZ1310 .C74 2018

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

Globalists : the end of empire and the birth of neoliberalism (Slobodian, Quinn, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; JZ1318 .S595 2018

US grand strategy in the 21st century : the case for restraint Frost Library; JZ1480 .U795 2018

The return of bipolarity in world politics : China, the United States, and geostructural realism (Tunsjø, Øystein, author.) Frost Library; JZ1480.A57 C6 2018

Turkey and transatlantic relations Frost Library; JZ1649 .T87 2017

China and Central Asia in the post-Soviet era : a bilateral approach (Olimat, Muhamad, author.) Frost Library; JZ1734.A55 O45 2015

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

Would the world be better without the UN? (Weiss, Thomas G. (Thomas George), 1946- author.) Frost Library; JZ4984.5 .W4595 2018

Opposition to war : an encyclopedia of U.S. peace and antiwar movements Frost Library; JZ5584.U6 O67 2018

Rethinking the American antinuclear movement (Rubinson, Paul, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; JZ5584.U6 R83 2018

The control agenda : a history of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Ambrose, Matthew J., author.) Frost Library; JZ5665 .A63 2018

Stopping the bomb : the sources and effectiveness of US nonproliferation policy (Miller, Nicholas L., 1987- author.) Frost Library; JZ5675 .M55 2018

Brokering peace in nuclear environments : U.S. crisis management in South Asia (Yusuf, Moeed, author.) Frost Library; JZ6009.S64 Y87 2018

Peacekeeping in Africa : politics, security and the failure of foreign military assistance (Jowell, Marco, author.) Frost Library; JZ6377.A35 J69 2018