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 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.
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 2010.
California Issue Web Sites
Initiative and Referendum Insitute at the University of Southern California - Background information on initiative and referendum in California
Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) - Independent, objective, nonpartisan research on California's major social, economic, and political issues.
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These Research Guides have been prepared by librarians to assist with your research. Read more:
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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - LB2369 .G53 2009 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)