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Political Science: Reference

Resources in Political Science

Using Reference Resources

A reference source is a compendium of authoritative information, compiled for ease of use.

Reference materials include

  • subject or general encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri 
  • biographical compilations
  • maps
Reference materials may be found on our main floor to the left of the Research Services Desk as well as online.

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Reference materials are for library use only.  Scan-to-email and copy machines are available.  Ask at the research desk for more information.

Key Reference Titles

Located in our Reference area:

  Chambers dictionary of political biography  Reference D108 .C53 1991

  Oxford companion to politics of the world  Reference JA61 .O95 2001

  Encyclopedia of government and politics  Reference JA61 .C66 1992

  Routledge dictionary of twentieth-century political thinkers 

   Reference JA83 .R725 1992

  Palgrave Macmillan dictionary of political thought  Reference JA61 .S37 2007

   (also available online)

  Oxford dictionary of political quotations  Reference PN6084.P6 O94 1996

Library Online Reference Resources

Good places to start:

Other Online Library Reference Databases: