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Political Science

A guide to library and quality web resources useful for political science research

Why Use Reference Works?

Reference works include encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, directories, and other succinct background or factual materials to aid in research.

  • They may give you a succinct overview of a topic. 
  • They may help you identify a topic to explore in depth.
  • They may provide quick, reliable facts.
  • They may include bibliographies that will lead you to detailed studies.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

These are just a few titles.  For more, also browse JA's - JX's and E183's (history) in the Davis Family Library Reference Collection on the main floor.

Bilingual Dictionaries

Almanacs & Yearbooks

Biographical Information

Maps & Visual Data

Handbooks

Research Methods (all disciplines)

SRMO Learn how to design, conduct, and report research using a variety of methodologies (quantitative, qualitative, surveys, interviews, etc.)

Research Methods & Writing (Political Science)