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Political Science - Subject Guide

This is the library's subject guide for Political Science.

Reference Books

Reference books are useful for gaining a general overview of a topic and, in many cases, identifying related readings.


They are a good place to start any research project.


All Items Available in the Reference Area

(Unless Otherwise Specified)


The U.S. Constitution A to Z
KF4548.M33 2002

Elections in the Americas
JF1001.E363 2005

The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World
JA61.O95 2001

Safire's Political Dictionary
JK9.S2 2008

Political Handbook of the World
JF37.P6 2008 (1975-76, 1978-2000/2002, 2005/2006-2007 Available in the Stacks)

CQ Press Guide to the Presidency
JK516.G83 2008

CQ's Guide to Congress
JK1021.C565 2000

The Europa World Yearbook
JN1.E85 (1989-2006 Available in the Stacks)

Political Science:  State of the Discipline
JC11.P65 2002
JA73.P658 1983 (Stacks)

Government Publications
(Many More Located on the 1st Floor in Compact Shelving)

County & City Data Book (2007)
C3.134/2 : C83/2 (Ready Reference)
Online Version
Older Versions Available on 1st Floor, Government Publications (1949-1988, 1994, 2000)

Statistical Abstract of the United States (2008)
C3.134 (Ready Reference)
Online Version
Older Versions Available on 1st Floor, Government Publications (1880, 1882, 1889, 1914, 1920, 1922, 1926, 1930-31, 1933-1936, 1939-2007)

Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970
C3.134/2 : H62/789-970 (Ready Reference)
Online Version

Political Science

U.S. Congress
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Finding Reference Books


Political Science research often requires an interdisciplinary approach.

Don't overlook reference books in other areas such as History, Law, or Economics.

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