Political Science Graduate Students: Research Sources

Purpose: To acquaint you with materials available through Cornette Library that will make your literature research easier.

Reference Sources

General Sources

Research Methods for Political Science: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
JA 71.5 .M35 2004 (Reference)
Dictionary of Government and Politics
JA 61 .D53 1998 (Reference)
Dictionary of Politics: Selected American and Foreign Political and Legal Terms
JA 61 .R39 1992 (Reference)
The Public Policy Dictionary
H 97 .K78 1987 (Reference)
Encyclopedia of American Political History: studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas
E 183 .E5 1984 (Reference)
Information Sources of Political Science
Z 7161 .H64 1986 (Reference)
Municipal Year Book
JS 342 .A2 I52 (Reference)
Annual publication.
Congress and the Nation
KF 49 .C65 (Reference)
Published every four years.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
HA 202 .A2 (Reference)
Annual publication. Most recent kept at the Reference Desk.
Statistical Yearbook (United Nations)
HA12.5 .U63 (Reference)
Provides statistics by country, continent and globally. From 1948-2006
United States Government Manual
JK 421 .A3 (Reference)



Cornette Library's online catalog
Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
  • a keyword search for your subject, such as election polling or public health policy economics.
  • the general LC subject heading polling places or medical policy.
  • the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as polling places United States management.

To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.

  • Online catalog for libraries around the world.
  • Lists Cornette Library books along with many more in other libraries.
  • Search by keyword, author, title, or subject.
  • Request books not in Cornette Library through the pre-filled Interlibrary loan form. Allow at least two weeks for the books to arrive.


Journal, Magazine, & Newspaper Articles

Provide current information

How to Access Databases

Which database?

Academic Search Complete
Contains abstracts and citations for a broad range of topics, with substantial full-text and links to full-text.
Public Administration Abstracts
Contains citations and abstracts in the area of public administration, with substantial full-text and links to full-text.
Web of Science
Contains Social Sciences Citation Index. Uses SFX to link to full-text in other databases. Use related records feature to identify cross-disciplinary issues. Creating a personalized login provides access to EndNotes for citation storage and management, as well as search and citation alerts.
Digital Dissertations
Citations for dissertations from 1861. Full-text available from about 1997. May be a good source for literature reviews, and very focused research.
Subject Guides
Find recommendations for other databases with material on the subject.

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Government Documents

Cornette Library collects United States federal and Texas state documents on many topics.

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications

World Wide Web

Political Science

Rand Corporation

Web Guides

Scout Report Archives
Scholarly. Keyword or advanced search. Results listed by relevance.
INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
Scholarly. Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
ipl2 - "Information You Can Trust" (merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
General public interest. Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.


Citing Your Sources

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