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.

Credo Reference

Encyclopedia Britannica Academic Edition

Gale Virtual Reference Library

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.

Research Databases

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.

California Newspapers

The following newspapers report on California issues.

Sacramento Bee

Los Angeles Times

San Francisco Chronicle

National Newspapers

New York Times

Historical New York Times - issues from 1851 through 2010.

California State Web Sites

State of California

California State Legislature

California Public Policy Web Sites

California Watch

Pew Center on the States - California

Public Policy Institute of California

Issue Web Sites

ACLU of Northern California Issues - includes death penalty issues

American Farmland Trust - California

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

California Department of Education

California Department of Public Health Medical Marijuana Program

California Department of Water Resources

California Energy Commission - Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Issues

California High-Speed Rail Authority

California NORML

California NOW Title IX & Athletic Equity Committee

California Nurses Association

California Open Carry

California Urban Water Agencies


First 5 California

Pacific Institute - includes water issues

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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

For more information on citation style, see:

Citing Your Research

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - LB2369 .G53 2009 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)