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John B. Coleman Library Catalog (linked on PV home page under “Academics” column) www.pvamu.edu/pages/3585.asp
In the center “Research and Finding Aids” column of the library home page, click on “Books” to search for books, periodicals, and other library materials on your topic. The “Advanced” index tab permits searches by combinations of author, title, keyword, or subject using pull down menus. The Library of Congress Class that includes Political Science is J. Browsing the following call numbers may produce helpful titles:

J 1 – 981 General Legislative & Executive Papers

JJ1000 – 1019 Political Institutions & Public Administration U.S.

JA 1 – 92 Political Science (General)

JS 39 – 8500 Local Government

JC 11 – 605 Political Theory

5 – 6530 International Relations

Note: For a more complete listing see http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/lcco.html.

Suggested Library of Congress Subject Headings: Political Science
Comparative Government Municipal Government Politics
Delegation of Powers Police Power Practical
Elections Political Ethics Representative Government and Representation
Executive Power Political Parties Separation of Powers
International Relations Political Science State Rights


Selected Reference Books
Almanac of American Politics. Ed. Michael Barone and Richard E. Cohen. Washington: National Journal, 1972–. [REF JK 1012 .A44] Summarizes the state of American politics at both national and state levels, giving voting results on key issues and state-by-state analyses of political concerns. Updated every two years.America Votes. Ed. Richard M. Scammon. Washington: Congressional Quarterly, 1956–. [REF JK 1967 .A8] A biennial summary of state and national election returns; useful for historical as well as current information.CQ Almanac Plus. Washington: Congressional Quarterly, 2001– [REF JK 1021 C565 2000].An annual summation of U.S. politics that analyzes key issues, important legislation, voting records of congressional representatives, and major Supreme Court decisions. Continues Congressional Quarterly Almanac (1945–2000).

CQ Weekly Report. Washington: Congressional Quarterly, 1967– [Ready Reference JK 1 .C15]

A weekly publication covering events in Washington. Includes a detailed index every six months. Another weekly that provides similar coverage is the National Journal. Also available and searchable through the CQ Electronic Library (see below).

Political Handbook of the World. Ed. Arthur S. Banks and Thomas C. Muller. Binghamton: CSA Publications, 1927– [REF JF 37 .P6].

Covers countries of the world, giving basic background information, discussions of political parties and structures, and analyses of current political trends. Updated annually.

Political Science Databases:
On campus, PVAMU faculty, staff, and students may access the Library’s electronic resources through the Library home page. From off campus, PV students and faculty can easily locate and use web content through PVPlace https://pvportal.pvamu.edu which integrates several PVAMU web applications like PantherTracks, Panther Email and other online services into one convenient and secure location. Use the “Access from Home” capability to access any PV databases by logging in with your network ID (the first part of your PVAMU e-mail address before the “@” sign) and your network password. Call the 24/7 IT Help Desk at 936-261-2525 or (toll free) 877-241-1752 for any problems accessing the PV network.
Helpful Websites
American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News: Country Profiles http://abcnews.go.com/International/ Features profiles of different countries, presented by American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News Internet Ventures. Includes information on the history, culture, geography, natural resources, government, politics, economics, and demographics of each country. Provides color maps, flags, and sound files of national anthems. Available, along with related articles, from the abcnews home page by searching for “country profile” for all countries or “country profile” and the country name for a specific country.American National Election Studies www.electionstudies.org Data on voting, public opinion, and political participation.BBC News Country Profiles http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions, including audio and video clips from BBC archives.Campaigns and Elections www.campaignsandelections.com An online version of the magazine focused on all things political, this site also features a large directory of political blogs.Center for American Women and Politics www.cawp.rutgers.edu Fact sheets on women in politics, analyses of how women candidates did in recent elections, and information about such topics as the impact of term limits on women officeholders. From Rutgers University.

Charters of Freedom www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/charters.html The National Archives provides background on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

CIA World Factbook www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Most countries include entries for the “Judicial Branch” (contains the name(s) of the highest court(s) and a brief description of the selection process for members) and the “Legal system” (provides the description of a country’s legal system.)

Directory of U.S. Political Parties www.politics1.com/parties.htm Attorney Ron Gunzburger describes minor and major parties in the United States.

Inside Politics www.insidepolitics.org Among the resources on this page from Professor Darrell West of Brown University are reports on e-government internationally and within the United States.

National Issues Forums www.nifi.org Provides downloadable discussion materials on a wide array of policy issues—from health care and immigration to teen pregnancy and terrorism.

Pew Research Center http://pewresearch.org Billing itself as a nonpartisan “fact tank,” the Pew Research Center provides “provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.”

Policy Agendas Project www.policyagendas.org This site from the Center for American Politics and Public Policy allows users to track policy changes since World War II.

Political Information www.politicalinformation.com A specialized search engine locating information on politics, policy, and political news. Also presents features on using the Internet for political advocacy.

Political Science Quarterly www.psqonline.org This scholarly journal makes selected articles available free online.

Political Science Internet Resources http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/reference/polsci.html The following links provides links to some of the more salient sources for political science information on the Internet. Note that some items are subscription items and not readily available on the Web. Unless otherwise noted, the sites listed in this directory are provided by organizations other than the Library of Congress.

Political Science Resources www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/psusp.html Extensive links on U.S. politics from the University of Michigan library.

PollingReport.com www.pollingreport.com Highlights from national polls are presented on this site as the polls are released.

Project Vote Smart www.vote-smart.org Information on candidates and elected officials, tools for tracking action in Congress, and background and links related to politics and government.

Public Agenda www.publicagenda.org The research organization Public Agenda provides results of opinion polls on an array of policy issues.

Think Tanks Directory www.hks.harvard.edu/library/research/guides/think-tanks-directory.htm Harvard University’s library provides this set of links to nearly 100 think tanks engaged in policy analysis.

Urban Institute www.urban.org Online research reports on the immigrant experience, reentry of prisoners into society, housing discrimination, health care for children, and more.


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Updated 9/30/2015

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