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.
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.
- Elections - United States
- Political Parties - United States
- United States - Politics and Government - 21st Century
- Democracy - United States
- Executive Power - United States - History
- Capitalism - Moral and Ethical Aspects
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.
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.
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.)
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