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Learn how to conduct research for your political science courses and find relevant books, journal articles, websites and more.

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Researching a Political Science Topic

Photo of President Obama at desk in Oval OfficeThis guide will help you locate books, articles, and other sources that can help with your political science research.

There are several types of sources you will want to look for in researching your political science topics:

  1. Print books: these resources live in the library (whether in the stacks, the reference area, or at the reserve desk) and some may be checked out for as long as 28 days.
  2. Ebooks: many reference books, nonfiction books, and fiction books can be found in electronic format.
  3. Articles: come from periodicals (newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals). The library owns some periodicals in print and gives you access to many more via our online databases.
  4. Suggested websites: credible websites for political science information.
  5. Films and Videos: films on political science topics.



Barack Obama at Resolute Desk. By White House (Pete Souza). CC BY 2.0 or Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.