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Research Guide: Political Science

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    21st century political science : a reference handbook
    Print only.  Offering full coverage of major subthemes and subfields within political science this reference handbook includes entries on topics from theory and methodology to international relations and institutions (more info)
    Encyclopedia of political science
    Online only.  Comprehensively examines the central ideas, concepts, and frameworks underlying the study of politics and highlights the intersections of politics with other disciplines.  There is another ebook version here. (more info)
    Encyclopedia of government and politics
    Print only. Providing analysis of government and politics at a global, regional and nation-state level, the Encyclopedia assesses both traditional and contemporary approaches, and projects the paths of future research. (more info)
    Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History
    Online only. The Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History explores the events, policies, people, ideas, institutions, groups, and movements that have created and shaped political life in the United States. (more info)
    Political theory : an encyclopedia of contemporary and classic terms
    Online only. Presents the major political concepts, themes, issues, movements, groups, and schools that have developed over time and shaped our modern world, along with biographical entries and articles on the principal works of political theorists from Plato to John Rawls. (more info)
    Princeton encyclopedia of American political history
    Online and print versions available.  Traces the history of political institutions, parties, and founding documents. It explains ideas, philosophies, and movements that shaped American politics.  For print go to Watzek Library   Reference   E183 .P85 2010   (more info)
    CQ Press Electronic Library
    Includes: - CQ Global Researcher - CQ Researcher Online - CQ Weekly - The Encyclopedia of Political Science - Encyclopedia of Religion in America - Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History - Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court (more info)
    Oxford Handbook of political science
    In print. This series provides overviews and literature reviews of scholarship in political science and international affairs. (more info)
  • Political Science Databases

    Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science, international relations, law, and public administration & policy. (more info)
    HeinOnline
    Exact page images of law journals, Congressional Record, U.S. Reports, Federal Register, and treaty & international agreements etc. (more info)
    Proquest Congressional
    Comprehensive access to U.S. legislative publications and more. (more info)
    ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
    An international consortium of more than 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields. (more info)
  • Political Science Websites

    Politics Navigator
    A meta-site of political science resources, produced by the New York Times. The site is annotated and frequently updated.
    Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources
    This meta-site provides links to hundreds of useful sites, and has excellent coverage on the UK and the USA coverage. Topics include: official government websites, elections, constitutions, theory, local government, and more. A linked, older version of the site retains much of his work on countries besides the UK and USA. (more info)
  • Polling

    Polling the Nations
    A compilation of more than 14,000 surveys conducted by over 1000 polling organizations in the U. S. and 100 other countries from 1986 to the present time. (more info)
    American National Election Studies
    ANES conducts national surveys of the American electorate in presidential and midterm election years. The ANES time-series now encompasses  biennial election studies since 1948 (more info)
    Roper Center
    A free site with surveys drawn from more than 100 countries and 60 years of commercial and academic research. (more info)
    PollingReport.com
    Easy access to timely, high quality poll data from the publishers of The Polling Report
    Gallup.com
    Includes a list of poll topics. (more info)
    Pew Research Center
    The Pew Research Center studies public attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues. The Center's main purpose is to serve as a forum for ideas on the media and public policy through its research.
    Harris Polls
    Begun in 1963, The Harris Poll weekly column is one of the longest running, most respected series of surveys measuring public opinion. (more info)
    Public Agenda Online
    Public Agenda is a nonpartisan organization that seeks, among other things, to align elites more closely with public opinion. Along these lines it provides some elaborately produced public opinion data on particular issues (all results are presented graphically).
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