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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 This link opens in a new window
Start here for articles for most political science topics.
PAIS This link opens in a new window
Start with this for topics related to national and international government and public policy.
Westlaw Campus Research This link opens in a new window
Start here for law review articles and case law. For law reviews, click Secondary Sources. Search for case law by citation or by major topic, and filter for Supreme Court cases.
Historical Abstracts This link opens in a new window
Use this for historical political events. Add subject terms like "international relations," "foreign relations, "politics," or "law" to help focus your searches.
Research Help by Topic
Country Politics and Economy
Find resources for researching a specific country's government, politics, economy, and more.
Primary and secondary sources
Primary and secondary resources
Recommended databases, data sources, and research organizations.
Political News and Opinion
Recommended news publications
Resources for classical and modern approaches to political theory.
U.S. Law and Government Information
Covers primary and secondary sources for all three branches of government and Texas and other state governments.
U.S. Politics and Policy
Covers public policy, foreign policy, elections, interest groups, polls, and political speech.
Political Science encyclopedias search
Search across major scholarly encyclopedias on political science topics. Add your own keywords to this Library Search string by clicking Search Criteria.
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.
Oxford Handbooks of Political Science
Start here for summaries on the state of the scholarly research by topic with citations to major works. This is a Library Search for all books in the series.