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Political Science   Tags: government, law, legal, political_science  

A guide to information sources for those researching in the area of political science
Last Updated: Sep 26, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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The Library is Everywhere!

Use your MySLU Login and password to access Library resources (journal articles, data, eBooks) from work, home or anywhere! Full off-campus access instructions.



EndNote logo

Before you start your research, make sure to download EndNote or sign up online! EndNote is a citation manager program that helps you collect, organize, and manage references to articles, books, dissertations, Web pages, and more.  It can assist you in citing resources in your papers and creating bibliographies for those papers in a citation style of your choice. See EndNote Tips for more information.


Interlibrary Loan

SLU doesn't own the article or book you need? We can find it for you! You will need to sign up for an ILLiad account before you can request items through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). If you have questions about ILL, contact Rebecca, or PIUS ILL directly.

Remember: Never pay online to access an article, if SLU doens't already subscribe to a journal, we will get the article for you from another library.

Best Bets to Start Your Research

Start your research with these databases or explore the guide for more in-depth information. Contact your librarian (right) with any questions or for a personalized introduction to the library!

  • SLUth - Search Plus
    Use this "mega" database to search over 50 of the Library's databases at once! SLUth is especially good for interdisciplinary topics and includes access to academic and popular journal articles, eBooks and more.
  • Worldwide Political Abstracts
    1975 - present. Indexes journal in political sciences and related fields including, public policy & administration, economic & environmental policy, politics and society and more.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    News, Legal and Business information. This is a great source for English language international news sources.
  • ProQuest Congressional
    Most comprehensive indexing of Congressional materials, included selected full text. Access to U.S. legislative information including congressional hearings, committee prints and reports, bills, legislative histories, congressional testimony, House and Senate documents, voting records and member information.
  • ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States
    The Statistical Abstract includes brief statistics on almost every topic. The focus is on the U.S. but some international statistics are included. This is a great source to start with to find which agency or organization has collected more in-depth statistics.

"Magic" Search Engines

Google is great, but it includes EVERYTHING. Try the search engines below to search only for government information.

  • Search
    Search searches .gov, .mil, .us and selected other domains that include official local, regional, state and federal government agencies as well as quasi governmental agencies such as the Smithsonian.
  • Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine
    This custom Google search engine searches across 100s of IGO websites, separating them from the noise of a standard Google search so you can more easily find the information you're looking for. IGOs searched included in this search are: World Bank, United Nations, Arab Monetary Fund, African Development Bank Group, IMF, Organization of American States, World Trade Organization, European Union, World Tourism Organization and many more.

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