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.
  • 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.
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 novel of a novel : abridged diary entries from Moscow, 1935-1937 (Sinkó, Ervin, author.) Frost Library; HX260.5.A8 S5613 2018

A world to win : the life and works of Karl Marx (Liedman, Sven-Eric, 1939-, author.) Frost Library; HX39.5 .L47913 2018

Retrotopia (Bauman, Zygmunt, 1925-2017, author.) Frost Library; HX806 .B278 2017

WTF? (Peston, Robert, author.) Frost Library; JA66 .P47 2017

Is political philosophy impossible? : thoughts and behaviour in normative political theory (Floyd, Jonathan, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; JA71 .F565 2017

How to save politics in a post-truth era : thinking through difficult times (Baron, Ilan Zvi, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; JA75.7 .B37 2018

Environmental geopolitics (O'Lear, Shannon, author.) Frost Library; JA75.8 .O638 2018

Reign of appearances : the misery and splendor of the public sphere (Adut, Ari, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; JA76 .A353 2018

Political hypocrisy : the mask of power, from Hobbes to Orwell and beyond (Runciman, David, author.) Frost Library; JA79 .R7819 2018

Gender in the political science classroom Frost Library; JA86 .G355 2018

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

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

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

Playing fair : political obligation and the problems of punishment (Dagger, Richard, author.) Frost Library; JC329.5 .D34 2018

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

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

Democracy after virtue : toward pragmatic Confucian democracy (Kim, Sungmoon, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .K4727 2018

Against elections : the case for democracy (Van Reybrouck, David, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .R4532513 2018

How democracy ends (Runciman, David, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .R798 2018

The sense of injustice and the origin of modern democracy (Smith, Bruce James, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .S652 2018

Coercive distribution (Albertus, Michael, 1983-, author.) Frost Library; JC480 .A434 2018

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

Imaginative conservatism : the letters of Russell Kirk (Kirk, Russell, author.) Frost Library; JC573.2.U6 K486 2018

La llamada de la tribu (Vargas Llosa, Mario, 1936-, author.) Frost Library; JC574 .V374 2018

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

Race and nation in the age of emancipations Frost Library; JC596 .R33 2018

Taking root : human rights and public opinion in the global South (Ron, James, author.) Frost Library; JC599.D4 R66 2017

Resistance and the politics of truth : Foucault, Deleuze, Badiou (Mackenzie, Iain M., author.) Frost Library; JF2051 .M335 2018

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

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

Symbolic insult in diplomacy. A subtle game of diplomatic slap. (Faizullaev, Alisher.) Frost Library; JZ1253.5 .F35 2018

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

War on peace : the end of diplomacy and the decline of American influence (Farrow, Ronan, 1987-, author.) Frost Library; JZ1480 .F37 2018

Psychology of a superpower : security and dominance in U.S. foreign policy (Fettweis, Christopher J., author.) Frost Library; JZ1480 .F52 2018

Peacekeeping in South Lebanon : credibility and local cooperation (Newby, Vanessa F., author.) Frost Library; JZ4971 .N49 2018

Global governance and local peace : accountability and performance in international peacebuilding (Campbell, Susanna P., 1974- author.) Frost Library; JZ5538 .C353 2018

Peace works : America's unifying role in a turbulent world (Barton, Frederick, author.) Frost Library; JZ5584.U6 B38 2018

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

Preventing the proliferation of WMDs Frost Library; JZ5588 .P755 2018

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

Rethinking humanitarian intervention (Bellamy, Alex J., 1975-, author.) Frost Library; JZ6369 .B45 2018

Military cultures in peace and stability operations : Afghanistan and Lebanon (Ruffa, Chiara, author.) Frost Library; JZ6377.I8 R84 2018