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 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.

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 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.

The Field (California) Poll

California State Legislature

California Citizens Redistricting Commission

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen

About California Government

List of California Political Blogs Compiled by California State University Long Beach

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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

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