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Thomas Library

Resources for Polical Science Research Methods


I. BOOKS

A. Political Science: Background information and data sources

Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion.  2 vols.  Ref. BL65 .P7 E53 2007
Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations.  4 vols.  Ref. D860.M56 2002
Statesman's Yearbook - annual publication presenting country data back to the 1920s Ref. JA51.S7 [Old editions kept in Ref Storage]
World Factbook- A CIA publication with lengthy country profiles.
Congressional Quarterly Almanac. - Annual. Ref. JK1.C663  (updated weekly by CQ Weekly Report)
Safire's Political Dictionary.  Ref. JK9 .S2 2008
United States Government Manual
Almanac of American Politics - look for a link to the Almanac at National Journal (Subscriber site)
CQ's Politics in America - Published every two years.   Ref. JK1012.P64
Statistical History of the American ElectorateRef. JK1967.R87 2001
Book of the States - Published every two years. Ref. JK2403.B6 [Old editions kept in Ref Storage]
Municipal Year Book - Annual.  Ref JS344 .C5 A24
Legal Systems of the World - 4 vols.   Ref. K48 L44 2002
Encyclopedia of law & society: American and global perspectives - 3 vols. MAIN K583 .E53 2007
West's Encyclopedia of American Law - 13 vols.   Ref. KF154 .W47 2005
American Law Yearbook 2008
Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States - Ref. KF8742 .A35 O93 2005


B. Searching for Books in Library Catalogs


Basic Skills sheet - learn strategies (Boolean operators, subject field searching, truncation) to improve your search results

At Wittenberg: EZRA
At Other Ohio Libraries: OhioLINK Central Catalog
If it isn't available through OhioLINK: WorldCat
(Fill out an Interlibrary Loan form to borrow these)


II. PERIODICALS

A.  Locating an article when you only have a citation:

    At Wittenberg: Use Journals the Library Has to search for the journal title, then use the citation to navigate to the article

    To request articles from other libraries:
   Fill out an interlibrary loan request.

B. Article Databases

International Political Science Abstracts Produced by the International Political Science Association, this database includes current indexing and abstracts of the world's leading journals in political science.
Political Science Complete Searches journals, reference books and monographs related to politcal science. Can be searched concurrently with International Political Science Abstracts (above). Click on either database, then click the "Choose Databases" link above the search box.
Lexis-Nexis Academic

Searches magazines like Time, Newsweek, & U. S. News & World Report.

Use the menu above the search box to "Search by Content Type". Useful content types include "Law Reviews" for scholarly articles about legal cases and "All News" to search for magazine and newspaper articles.

JSTOR A searchable archive. Includes 26 key political science journals, plus scholarly journals in several other fields. Note: Be sure to check more current sources because JSTOR does not contain most recent 2 to 5 years of a given title due to publisher restrictions.
Social Science Citation Index (ISI) Index and cited references for articles in the social sciences. Follow "FindIt!" button to find full text PDF of articles.

More specialized databases:



GPO (Government Printing Office) Monthly Catalog
Covers publications by government agencies 1976 to present. Note: Older print indexes going back to 1917 are available in library under the title Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications.
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)- 1991 to present A full text database on theory and research  in international affairs. "Includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences", as well as journal articles.
SocINDEX with Full Text Index, abstracts, and full text covering sociology.
Education Research Complete Index, abstracts, and full text for professional educators.
America History and Life Covers U.S. and Canadian history and prehistory.
Historical Abstracts Covers world history 1450 to present, excluding U.S. and Canada.
New York Times - Historical Full text of the New York Times from its inception in 1851 through 2009.
1980 to the present available through Lexis-Nexis.
Women's Studies International
Indexes multidisciplinary scholarship in feminist research.
GenderWatch Covers articles on gender issues.
International Index to Black Periodicals Interdisciplinary coverage of core Black Studies periodicals.
 
Or - look at the list of All Databases.


C. News Services

(Some are subscription resources and some are not.)
National Journal Much more than just the text of the National Journal magazine, this searchable site provides poll results and almanac information as well.
World News Connection Was FBIS (Foreign Broadcast Information Service), which covers all areas of the world.
FindLaw Legal News and Commentary Includes U.S. legal news, documents, laws, cases, and links to media outlets in the U.S. as well as to the English version of numerous foreign newspapers.
CNN News headlines and stories from the Cable News Network. Includes a fairly extensive archive of older stories.
News and Newspapers Online Maintained at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, this site lists online newspapers
IPL Online Newspapers a similar list of newspapers by the Internet Public Library

III. WEB RESOURCES

A. Statistical Resources (Web and non-Web)

ICPSR The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, based at the University of Michigan "supplies data files for use with statistical software, such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata."
Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) - From the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, this site has both national and state-by-state statistics on women candidates and officeholders. It also provides information on gender gap and voting behavior.
Statistical Yearbook
(from the United Nations)
latest edition from United Nations Statistics Division or in print Ref HA12 .5 .U63
Statistical Abstract of the United States also in print Ref. HA202
Datapedia of the United States 1790-2000 Ref HA202 .K87 2007
State Rankings Ref HA203 .U17 2005
America Votes: A Handbook of Contemporary American Election Statistics (every two years) Ref JK1967 .A6
Bureau of Justice statistics Collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government
World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers Ref. JX1974.A1 U52
The Military Balance Ref. UA15.I65 
World Development Indicators From the World Bank, this database provides comparative economic statistics from around the world.
Statistical Insight Perhaps the best broad-based place to start looking for US statistics.
FedStats This site contains information and statistics compiled by the federal government for public use. The Statistical Abstract of the United States is only one of the online resources contained here.
U.S. Congress Votes Database From the Washington Post, this database "contains the results of every vote cast in the Congress since 1991. Visitors can look at vote results in a variety of different ways, such as particular Congress or a particular individual. . . [and] 'Votes by Type', such as those cast on impeachments, treaties, and vice-presidential tiebreakers." (Scout Report)


B. State, County, and Local Web Sites


City of Springfield OH Official Web Site
State of Ohio Web Site Has links to information on just about all aspects of Ohio, from legislation to tourism.
Pew Center on the States Identifies and advances state policy solutions.
Census of Governments Administered by the United Census Bureau at five-year intervals since 1957, the Census of Governments contains the official counts of the number of state and local governments, along with tabulations of governments by state, type of government, size, and county location.  Includes where to find data on public school systems, special district governments, and general-purpose governments. (Scout Report 2-7-03)
NCSL Site of the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Has links to sites on policy issues, state legislatures, and more. 
National Governors Association
This searchable site is useful for "news of government action and initiatives at the state level." (Choice)
NACo: National Association of Counties
Includes links to major topics of interest to county governments.  Also includes individual county links that list names & positions of elected county officials.


C. Web Sites from and about the United States Federal Government

Congressional Publications
A ProQuest subscription including information on members of Congress, full text of bills, laws, and regulations, and full text of testimony as well as Congressional reports and documents.
The U.S. Congress Votes Database
"Updated daily, [this database] contains roll-call votes from 1991 to the present.  Current votes are searchable by member names, state, or...topics... There is also a list of representatives who have the highest number of missed roll-call votes." (Choice)
Open Secrets
This searchable site is from the Center for Responsive Politics, which describes itself as "a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy." 
FDSys
The Government Printing Office's site for current and historical information from all three branches of the Federal Government.
Federal Citizen Information Center Helps when you just can't find the information you need.
Whitehouse.gov
Use the site map to link to information about the Executive Branch.
US Legislative Branch Information on all aspects of the legislative branch of the US government both current and historical.
Supremecourtus.gov The official Web site of the US Supreme Court, this site documents the processes of the court, including rules, text of opinions, traditions, and more.
Library of Congress National library of the United States. A good starting place for all types of research. 
THOMAS: Legislative Information THOMAS contains information on bills currently under consideration by the US House and Senate.

D. International Sites

Political Resources
Listings of political sites on the internet sorted by country, with links to parties, organizations, governments, media and more from around the world.
Foreign Affairs online A massive web site with several thousand links to important sites for the study of international relations.
CSIS: Center for Strategic & International Studies "This site focuses on three subject areas: 1) challenges to national and international security; 2) global developments; and 3) developing new methods of governance" (Choice review)
Archive of European Integration
The archive "is primarily concerned with collecting official
European Community/European Union documents and certain independently-
produced research materials." (Scout Report)

Europa: Gateway to the European Union
Official website of the European Union - information on agriculture, human rights, employment, public health, economic & monetary affairs
Chatham House organization based in London that works to promote the understanding of key international issues.  This site has particularly good links.
The United Nations The United Nations web site offers information on international law, peace and security, humanitarian affairs, human rights, and economic and social development. 
The World Bank Research, data and publications on countries and regions worldwide
International Monetary Fund IMF works to promote international monetary cooperation. This site contain information about this organization, its publications, and funds.

E. Public Opinion

PollingReport.com "An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion."
people-press.org Sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts, this database "studies public attitudes toward the press, politics, and public policy issues."
Gallup Organization Provides the results of recent Gallup polls and explains how the polls are conducted.
Political Communication Lab at Stanford University
This lab conducts experimental work in the area of public opinion and political behavior.
Pew Global Attitudes Project
"Global Attitudes Project was created... to gauge
public attitudes toward globalization, democracy, and a number of other crucial issues. To accomplish this task, they have conducted over 90,000 interviews in 50 countries...over the past few years.
" (Scout Report)
World Public Opinion.org
"The site provides articles on the results of opinion polls taken around the world on a variety of current issues." (Scout Report)


IV. DOCUMENTING YOUR SOURCES
     in APSA style

    Download the 2006 edition PDF from the American Political Science Association site

    Consult the print copy of the APSA style manual in Thomas Library:
     Style Manual for Political Science Ref JA86 .A52 2006 - 1 copy in reference


V. PEOPLE RESOURCES


For help contact the Political Science Department's library liaison, Kristen Peters. Or contact the reference desk by phone or email.


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Originally compiled by Regina Entorf, Wittenberg University Library
Last Updated:  1-27-14/KGP

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