Course Research Pages

POL 150 - Introduction to Political Science

Finding Background Information and Defining Terms

These reference databases each contain hundreds of reference works on topics including American history, law, philosophy, and political science.

Credo Reference

Encyclopedia Britannica Academic Edition

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Finding Information in Books

Bowman Library Catalog - We have many books that can help you in your research. Use the hyperlinked subject headings below to find relevant books.

Library-Subscription Databases

Use your library barcode to access these from off-campus.

CQ Researcher - A collection of detailed, full-text research reports on current and controversial topics in the U.S. including elections. Includes reports on campaign finance, campaigns and elections, and party politics.

EBSCO Academic Search Premier - Contains current and past full-text articles from both the popular press (newspapers and magazines) and scholarly journals.

LexisNexis - Contains the full text of current and past news articles from international and national newspapers and magazines, newswires, and trade publications.

Public Databases

New York Times - Many topics have Times Topics pages that contain chronologies of events, along with an archive of newspaper articles on the topic.

Politico - "a nonpartisan, Washington-based political journalism organization that serves as the one-stop shop for the fastest, most in-depth coverage of the White House, Congress, politics and policy."

Brookings Institution - non-profit, public policy institution; one of its research areas is politics and elections.

Infomine - A directory of scholarly resources on the Internet, including sites with information on foreign policy, American history, and political science. Use Advanced Search to select free resource access.

Search.USA.gov - The official search engine of the U.S. government that searches government websites.

Google Scholar - Looks just like Google, but searches scholarly literature only. Note that the full text is not available for all articles. If full text is not available, you may order it via Interlibrary Loan.

APA Citation

Basics of APA Style - An easy to use guide with sample papers. Use just the pages you need or watch the whole tutorial.

NoodleTools - Create correct APA-style citations easily and save them online using this awesome tool. (Menlo subscription: first-time login from any campus computer or see librarian for code.)

More Citation Help

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Research Tips

These Research Guides have been prepared by librarians to assist with your research. Read more:

Evaluating Web Resources

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Searching Electronic Resources Effectively

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Citing Your Research

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - BF76.7 .P83 2010 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)