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Political Science

This guide will point you to the best places to find books, articles and other sources of information for your Political Science courses.

Background Research - Introduction

While you might have a particular research topic in mind, you may not be familiar with the events, people, concepts, or issues involved. Using a good reference source for background research can provide you with that information. This page provides relevant reference sources specific to political science including encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other politically-related background resources. Here are several tips when choosing reference materials.

  • Use a subject encyclopedia such as The Encyclopedia of Political Science to learn about key political concepts.
  • Use a general reference database such as Blackwell Reference Online to search for different types of political reference resources.

Key Political Science Encyclopedias

Full-Text Online Reference Databases