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Research Guides

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  • Lexis Nexis Academic
    Provides local and worldwide news, legal news, law reviews, legislation and court cases; state court decisions at all levels; codes for all 50 states and territories, plus constitutions, court rules, and Attorneys General opinions.
  • Points of View Reference Center
    Offers a series of controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue with supporting articles from the world's top political and societal sources, including primary source documents.
Encyclopedia of Presidential Campaigns, Slogans, Issues, and Platforms, 2004 (REF 324.973 R643) Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, 2007 (REF 322.103 E563pr) Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History, 2010 (REF 973.03 P957) Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics, 2009 (REF320.03 C744) The U.S. Constitution A to Z, 2008 (REF 342.73 M179)


Find Books

Books on politics and government have call numbers in the 300's. Reference books are on the main floor in the Reference Room. All other books are located on the upper floor, right side.

Other Relevant Databases

  • Political Database of the Americas
    Non-governmental project of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Georgetown University. Offers information about institutions and political processes, national constitutions, branches of government, elections, political constitution studies.
  • ABI/Inform Complete
    Includes ABI/Inform Dateline for news, ABI/Inform Global for international coverage, and ABI/Inform Trade & Industry, so that sources specifically on politics or government can be searched.
  • Business Source Elite
    Covers all disciplines of business including any impact on or by government and politics.
  • GPO: Government Publications
    U.S. government documents from 1976-Present, e.g. Congressional hearings. See also
  • Sage Premier Journals
    Includes several scholarly political science journals, e.g. International Political Science Abstracts, a bimonthly compilation of abstracts from current political science research.

Reference Sites

Eagleton Institute of Politics (Rutgers)
See Centers/Programs and Research/Publications.

Federal, State & Local Governments
Census Bureau data on government employment and payroll, finance statistics, federal spending, tax revenues, and government structures by state.

Political Science Links
Useful compilation of links from the Library of Congress.

Public Opinion & Participation

Guide to Electoral Behavior
Survey data from the American National Election Studies.

Open Secrets
Nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy (Center for Responsive Politics)

Federal Level

C-Span: Capitol Hill, The White House and National Politics
Current and historical audio/video of American government in action, from Congressional speeches, debates, hearings, etc.

Charters of Freedom
Transcriptions and high-resolution images of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights from the National Archives.

Constitutions, Statutes & Codes
Cornell University's Legal Information Institute offers the full U.S. Code, Uniform (model) State Codes, and State Statutes by topic.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
Comprehensive annual summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Print version: REF 317.3 U5

THOMAS Legislative Database
Look up Congressional activities from 1973 through the Present:

  • Text, Summary & Status of a Bill
  • House & Senate Roll Call Votes
  • Public Laws by Law Number
  • Legislation by Sponsor
  • Full text of Congressional Record
  • Weekly Schedules, Daily Reports
  • Committee Reports, Treaties
  • Presidential Nominations

U.S. Government Manual
The official handbook of the Federal Government which includes the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and comprehensive information on the agencies

USA Spending
Shows how the federal government is spending its money.

State and Local Only

Politicker NJ

NJ Legislature: Sitemap

State of New Jersey Databases
Includes Municipal Finance Information Sheets and New Jersey Mayors Directory.

State Blue Books

State Court Structure Charts

State Legislative Leaders Foundation
Full text archives and case studies; takes readers inside the Speaker's office in all 50 state legislatures.


Keele Guide to Middle East Government & Politics
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library