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.
  • 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.

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

The proletarian dream : socialism, culture, and emotion in Germany, 1863-1933 (Hake, Sabine, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; HX273 .H34 2017

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

The communist and the communist's daughter : a memoir (Lazarre, Jane, author.) Frost Library; HX84.L35 L39 2017

The Oxford handbook of political ideologies Frost Library; JA66 .O96 2013

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

Hypocrisy in American political attitudes : a defense of attitudinal incongruence (Collins, Timothy P. author.) Frost Library; JA74.5 .C65 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 challenge of populism : the rise of right-wing democratism in postwar America (Federici, Michael P.) Frost Library; JA84.U5 F42 1991

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

Populism and the Web : communicative practices of parties and movements in Europe Frost Library; JA85.2.E85 P66 2018

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

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

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

Prisoners of geography : ten maps that explain everything about the world (Marshall, Tim, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; JC319 .M2744 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

Hillbilly hellraisers : federal power and populist defiance in the Ozarks (Perkins, J. Blake, author.) Frost Library; JC328.3 .P443 2017

Homophobic violence in armed conflict and political transition (Serrano Amaya, José Fernando, author.) Frost Library; JC328.6 .S47 2017

The time of popular sovereignty : process and the democratic state (Ochoa Espejo, Paulina, 1974-) Frost Library; JC330 .O28 2011

Marxist theories of imperialism : a history (Noonan, Murray, author.) Frost Library; JC359 .N56 2017

Small countries : structures and sensibilities Frost Library; JC365 .S53 2017

When democracies choose war : politics, public opinion, and the marketplace of ideas (Katz, Andrew Z., 1959- author.) Frost Library; JC421 .K366 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

Populism and patronage : why populists win elections in India, Asia, and beyond (Kenny, Paul D., author.) Frost Library; JC423 .K38 2017

Managing democracy in the digital age Frost Library; JC423 .M36 2018

Populism : a very short introduction (Mudde, Cas, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .M743 2017

The Oxford Handbook of Populism Frost Library; JC423 .O94 2017

Political populism : a handbook Frost Library; JC423 .P5647 2017

What is a people? Frost Library; JC423 .Q46513 2016

Republican democracy : liberty, law and politics Frost Library; JC423 .R4252 2013

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

The trouble with democracy : political modernity in the 21st century Frost Library; JC423 .T7155 2016

Stasis before the State : nine theses on agonistic democracy (Vardoulakis, Dimitris, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .V37 2018

Vox populi : the perils and promises of populism Frost Library; JC423 .V68 2017

Il duce : populism as fascism : essay (Wiedemann, Johannes, author.) Frost Library; JC423 .W54 2010

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

Aspirational fascism : the struggle for multifaceted democracy under Trumpism (Connolly, William E., author.) Frost Library; JC481 .C57 2017

Governance for peace (Cortright, David, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; JC489 .C67 2017

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

The democratic coup d'état (Varol, Ozan O., 1981- author.) Frost Library; JC494 .V37 2017

Power interrupted : antiracist and feminist activism inside the United Nations (Falcón, Sylvanna M., author.) Frost Library; JC571 .F237 2016

Evidence for hope : making human rights work in the 21st century (Sikkink, Kathryn, 1955-, author.) Frost Library; JC571 .S55 2017

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

Populist parties and the failure of the political elites (Adamson, Göran, author.) Frost Library; JC573.2.E85 A34 2016

The rise of populism in western Europe : a media analysis on failed political messaging (Lochocki, Timo, author.) Frost Library; JC573.2.E85 L63 2018

Radical right-wing populist parties in Western Europe : into the mainstream? Frost Library; JC573.2.E85 R34 2016

Equal rights for all, special privileges for none : principles of American populism (Vass, Laurie Thomas.) Frost Library; JC573.U6 V38 2003

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

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

The world reimagined : Americans and human rights in the twentieth century (Bradley, Mark, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; JC599.U5 B63 2016

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

Political marketing in the 2016 U.S. presidential election Frost Library; JF2112.C3 P65 2018

Resolve in international politics (Kertzer, Joshua D., 1984-, author.) Frost Library; JZ1253 .K47 2016

The idea of international society : Erasmus, Vitoria, Gentili and Grotius (Vollerthun, Ursula, 1933- author.) Frost Library; JZ1305 .V66 2017

Cosmopolitanisms Frost Library; JZ1308 .C6887 2017

Hierarchies in world politics Frost Library; JZ1310 .H54 2017

In the shadows of the American century : the rise and decline of US global power (McCoy, Alfred W., author.) Frost Library; JZ1312 .M33 2017

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

Making cities global : the transnational turn in urban history Frost Library; JZ1320 .M35 2018

Pacific America : histories of transoceanic crossings Frost Library; JZ1320.7 .P335 2017

Diplomatic material : affect, assemblage, and foreign policy (Dittmer, Jason, author.) Frost Library; JZ1405 .D58 2017

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

Russia and the western far right : tango noir (Shekhovtsov, Anton, author.) Frost Library; JZ1616 .S53 2018

Should we fear Russia? (Trenin, Dmitriĭ, author.) Frost Library; JZ1616 .T74 2016

China as a polar great power (Brady, Anne-Marie, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; JZ1734 .B73 2017

Negotiating membership in the WTO and the EU : the politics of accession (Scalera, Jamie E., author.) Frost Library; JZ4850 .S324 2017

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

When proliferation causes peace : the psychology of nuclear crises (Cohen, Michael D., PhD author.) Frost Library; JZ5675 .C62 2017

North Korea, Iran, and the challenge to international order : a comparative perspective (McEachern, Patrick, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; JZ5675 .M39 2018

International security in the 21st century : Germany's international responsibility Frost Library; JZ6005 .I58 2017

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

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