Political Science Research Guide

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This guide will point you to many key resources in Political Science. If you need help with your research, ask a librarian. To view additional guides available for Pre-Law, History, Public Administration, Economics and Finance, visit our Research Guides homepage.



The Political Science Research Guide covers many disciplinary subjects. Therefore, it is important to know which database to browse for your research. For example, if your research topic is “gender roles and politics” then you might begin your search in SocINDEX, because this is a sociology research database with full-text coverage from all sub-disciplines of sociology, including politics. All of the databases are comprehensive, high quality research tools that cover a wide range of information from scholarly academic journals and books to primary sources and policy briefs.


General Encyclopedias and Dictionaries:

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Browse Political Science Journals available through ODU Library

Browse International Political Science Journals available through ODU Library

Web Sites

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  APSA – American Political Science Association:  

The American Political Science Association, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics.

 Political Studies Association:   

The Political Studies Association exists to develop and promote the study of politics. Founded in 1950, it is the leading Association in its field in the UK, with an international membership including academics in political science and current affairs, theorists and practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students in higher education.

  IPSA – International Political Science Association  

IPSA was founded in Paris in 1949 under the aegis of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The special mandate of IPSA, expressed in its Constitution, is to support the development of political science in all parts of the world, building academic networks linking East and West, North and South. Its aim is to create an inclusive and global political science community in which all can participate.

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