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Reference Sources

Reference sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc. If you are unfamiliar with a topic and need some overview or introductory sources, try:

Political Handbook of the World Electronic encyclopedia.

Credo Reference includes nearly 500 encyclopedic titles and dictionaries covering a wide range of subjects and disciplines including economics and business.

International Encyclopedia of Political Sciences: Provides a definitive, comprehensive picture of all aspects of political life, recognizing the theoretical and cultural pluralism of our approaches and including findings from the far corners of the world. The eight volumes cover every field of politics, from political theory and methodology to political sociology, comparative politics, public policies, and international relations.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences: This digital version of the nine-volume set provides an overview of a variety of social science topics, as well as a bibliography and cross-linking to related topics. It also provides biographical information on scholars in social science fields.

The Europa World Year Book: REF JN1 .E85 2007 The best single printed source of quick information for all the world's nation states. Up-to-date, authoritative, and very thorough.

Country Studies or Area Handbook Series: The Defense Department's comprehensive monograph-lengthy studies of individual countries. Scholarly but from a decidedly U.S. perspective.

The CIA World Factbook: A superb tool for quick country profiles and comparative country analyses, published by our very own Central Intelligence Agency. An excellent source. The online site is updated a number of times during the year.

Finding Journal Articles

Below are some suggested databases for International Studies, arranged by topic area. You can select additional databases from our Databases page.

International Studies Databases

PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service) Provides selective subjects and bibliographic access to periodicals, books, hearings, reports, gray literature, government publications, Internet resources, and other publications from 120 countries.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) A major source for theory and research in international affairs including economic information, and map and country data.

Praeger Security International: The world's largest full-text electronic resource on international security, containing books, expert commentary, reports and primary documents from foreign policy, military, and security professionals. Covers security-related topics such as terrorism, economic development, diplomacy, and international crisis response.

Political Science Databases

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy.

Political Science Complete Subject coverage includes comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, and political theory. Coverage Range: 1960s-present, some Full-Text.

Points of View Reference Center Designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. Useful as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View Essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.

Economics Databases

Economic Literature A major index database to scholarly articles in economics. Mostly index only. Coverage from 1960 to present.

History Databases

Historical Abstracts The database covers materials treating all aspects of world history, except the United States and Canada, from 1450 to the present. The U.S. and Canada are covered in the companion database, America: History & Life.

America: History and Life History and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Includes secondary source articles, books, and book reviews published between 1964 to present. Some full-text links included. Use the library's "Get It!" button to obtain materials with no direct full-text link.

General Databases

JSTOR A database which provides searching of a small number of excellent core journals in sociology as well as in other fields. Full-text PDF access.

Project Muse A major database covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others. Full-text.

Academic Search Complete Mostly full-text access to scores of scholarly journals in a wide variety of disciplines, including anthropology. In most instances, you should narrow your search by flagging the option for scholarly or peer-reviewed journals only.

News Sources

World News Connection A news translation service produced by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) for the U.S. Foreign Broadcast Service, a government agency which monitors and translates newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, and official statements of foreign governments.

Newspaper Source Plus More than 850 national and international newspapers, plus 870,000+ television and radio news transcripts, including: ABC News (American Broadcasting Company), ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), CBS News, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and PBS.

Public Opinion

Polling the Nations Provides access to over 14,000 surveys conducted in the United States, as well as countries around the world. It includes surveys from a variety of pollsters and detailed information on the questions. The surveys are from 1986 to present, and are available in full-text.

Pew Global Attitude Project From the Pew Research Center, offers public opinion surveys around the world on a broad array of subjects ranging from people’s assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day. More than 240,000 interviews in 57 countries have been conducted as part of the project’s work.

National Constitutions and Treaties National Constitutions] A superb site providing the text of all available national constitutions in English and appropriate national languages. World Treaties Website providing access to a number of Treaties. Virtual Ref Guides helps you find treaties and links to other sites.

International Statistics

Statistical Insight Statistical data and publications summarizing statistical findings. Includes data collected from U.S. federal and state government sources, private organizations, and intergovernmental organizations. Features descriptive abstracts, detailed indexing, full-text PDFs of source documents and tables, and down-loadable spreadsheets containing table data. Contains publications from 1973 to the present, with some full-text.

University of Maryland: Web Guide to Comparative International Statistics

Comparative International Labor Statistics

Comparative International Educational Statistics

World Populations Statistics (U.S. Census Bureau)


The Library of Congress Classification System, which is the call number system utilized for locating and organizing library resources, breaks Political Science down into primarily these areas:

JJ = Political Institutions and public administration - North America
JK = Political Institutions and public administration - United States
JL = Political Institutions and public administration - Canada, West Indies, Central & South America
JN = Political Institutions and public administration - Europe
JQ = Political Institutions and public administration - Asia Middle East, Africa, Australia, Pacific
JZ = International Relations
KZ = International Law

Cite Your Sources

Always document your sources carefully throughout the entire research and writing process. Check your Writers Manual or our library Cite Your Sources page for appropriate ways to document your sources in different styles.