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*Political Science

General research guide that introduces users to resources pertinent to the study of Political Science at OSU, with suggestions for locating books, articles, research tools, and data.

Recommended Databases

Electronic Journals

Many journals these days are electronic, or are included in full-text databases. The OSU Libraries Catalog links to these as well as to print resources.

If you are searching for articles about a subject, we recommended that you use a database to do your article searching. This allows you to search many titles at one time (and search print journal contents at the same time).

Another access point to our e-journals is the e-journals list from the main library page. Use this if 1) you have the citation to a specific article in a specific journal; 2) you wish to electronically browse a journal's contents; 3) you wish to verify that OSU has the journal online. 

Finding Books

Remember books are an excellent source of information when doing research in Political Science. To find books at OSU & elsewhere use:

OSU Libraries 1Search

  • search for books and more located at Valley library and OSU's other libraries.
  • determine if OSU subscribes to a journal in print or electronically.
  • search libraries in Oregon, Washington and throughout the world.
  • if OSU does not, request the item to be delivered to OSU in 3-5 business days from a regional library (may take longer if the library gets a copy from outside the region)
  • search by keyword, author, title, call number, or ISBN.

Questions about 1Search? Go here!

Subject searching, however, is the most effective search. OSU uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Some examples of LC subject headings for political science are:

  • Elections                               
  • Federal goverment
  • International relations
  • Political parties
  • Public opinion polls
  • Social movements



Sometimes browsing a shelf can lead to some promising resources. OSU uses the Library of Congress classification system to organize and arrange materials in the library. Most political science materials fall into the "J" call number range and are located on the 5th floor of The Valley Library. More specific groupings of materials include:

JC - Political theory JS - Local government
JF - Constitutional history JV - Colonies and colonization
JK - United States JX - International relations
JN - Europe  

Other Databases to Try