Course Research Pages
POL 360 - California Politics
Finding Background Information and Defining Terms
These reference databases each contain hundreds of reference works that can be useful for basic information and definitions; they might not be about California specifically.
Finding Information in Print and EBooks
Bowman Library Catalog - Search by keyword or subject heading to find books in the Bowman Library collection. You might be interested in including historical aspects of your topic.
CQ Researcher - A collection of detailed, full-text research reports on current and controversial topics, including some that discuss California topics.
EBSCO - Contains full text articles from both the popular press (newspapers and magazines) and scholarly journals. Consider adding words like "editorial," "opinion," and "commentary" to your search in order to get perspectives on both sides of your issue.
LexisNexis - Contains the full text of current news articles from international and national newspapers and magazines.
Rand California - California statistics covering business and economics, education, energy and environment, government finance, health and socioeconomics, and population and demographics.
The following newspapers report on California issues.
Historical New York Times - issues from 1851 through 2009.
California State Web Sites
California Public Policy Web Sites
Issue Web Sites
ACLU of Northern California Issues - includes death penalty issues
Pacific Institute - includes water issues
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These Research Guides have been prepared by librarians to assist with your research. Read more:
For more information on citation style, see:
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - LB2369 .G53 2009 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)