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Political Science Research Guide: Getting Started

Find resources for researching political science topics!


Looking for help researching a topic in political science?  You're in the right place.  This guide features selected resources that will help you with your topic, and points you to tools and strategies to facilitate your research process.

Table of Contents

Use the tabs in this guide, or the links below, to find recommended sources for Political Science research.

Getting Started

Helpful resources for finding and defining your topic.

    Finding Books and Articles

    Find books and articles on your selected topic.

    U.S. Politics

    Find online magazines and organizations, featuring varied points of view. 


    Find resources related to the study of the United States' and other constitutions.

    Courts and Court Cases

    Find resources related to courts and court cases in US, EU, and Canadian courts.

    Web Resources

    Find helpful political science web sources, grouped by focus: national or international.

    News Feeds

    Find news feeds that will keep you up to date on all things political.

    Get Started with Reference Sources

    If you want background information to help orient you to your topic, and help you build better searches, or if you want to find a topic, these resources can be a great place to start.

    Online Resources:

    Hint: Forget Wikipedia or random Google searches!  These sites are just as easy to search, but provide you with academic sources that you can include on your bibliography!

    Print Resources: 

    We've got great reference books on political science here in the library.  Here's just a small sample of what we've got.  Ask a librarian for help identifying a source that will apply to your area of research.