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Megan's Recommendations for Getting Started
If you need broader understanding and context, look for books by limiting to the Library Catalog. For articles, add subject filters like "political science" to help narrow results.
Political Science Complete
Start here for articles for most political science topics.
Start with this for topics related to national and international government and public policy.
Start here for law review articles. You can also find primary source documents and collections of information around specific themes in the law.
Westlaw Campus Research
Use this to look up case law, statutes, and regulations. You can also find corresponding law review articles.
Use this for historical political events. Add subject terms like "international relations," "foreign relations, "politics," or "law" to help focus your searches.
Scholarly journals and books across many disciplines. Use the political science subject to filter results. Do not use this if you need articles from the last 3-5 years.
Research Help by Topic
Find information on elections, interest groups, lobbying, polls, and political speech.
U.S. Law and Government Information
Documents, papers, reports, and background information for the federal, Texas, and other state governments.
International Relations, Politics, and Economy
Find resources for foreign relations, global security, political economy, and more.
Find resources for researching a specific country's government, politics, economy, and more.
Find articles, policy papers, think tanks and more for understanding national and international public policy.
Resources for classical and modern approaches to political theory.
Oxford Handbooks of Political Science
Handbooks are a great place to start for summaries on what is known within a specific topic. Also, find citations of major related work. This is a Library Search for all books in the series, including the topics of political theory, economy, communications, institutions, and international relations.
Annual Review of Political Science
Look for the search box in the upper right corner to find articles that cover the state of the research, with citations to major literature. These are great for understanding the state of the literature, and can include critique of methodology and future directions for research.