Politics Research Guide


America: History and Life
Historical coverage of the U.S. and Canada from prehistory - present

CQ Researcher
Offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy

Political Science Complete
Covers over 800 journals, including top-ranked scholarly titles. Has a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse. 


Academic Search Premier
Scholarly, multidiscipline, full-text database

Gale Academic OneFile
Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources

Google Scholar
Broad array of scholarly literature

LexisNexis Academic
Comprehensive news, business, and legal information

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Covering today’s hottest social issues, from Terrorism to Endangered Species, Stem Cell Research to Gun Control. Includes pro and con viewpoint articles, reference articles that provide context, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics, multimedia, including images and podcasts, links to hand-selected web sites, and more.

Explores social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms.

Supreme Court and legal resources

Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court (1937-1975)
Fedworld (Air Force FLITE database of legal information)

Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court (1990-present)
Legal Information Institute, Cornell University Law School

Connect to federal laws and regulations. Includes information on the federal court system, legislation passed in past 6 years, state laws, and the U.S. Code.

Provides entry to Supreme Court Decisions, case law and indexes and links to legal subjects, law schools, federal and state governments, as well as links to the Web sites of individual lawyers and experts.

4LawSchool Case Briefs
A collection of thousands of case briefs and other resources.

Guide to Law Online
Comes from the Library of Congress and is a guide to the Global Legal Information Network. Links to worldwide legal resources.

Finding books

By subject search

Below are some links to various subject searches in Primo. The subject search is a specific and helpful way to find materials about your area of interest. 

Christianity and politics — United States

Government and the press — United States

Political science — Philosophy

Politics in the Bible

Religion and politics — United States

United States — Politics and government

United States — Politics and government 1775-1783

By call number

If you want to browse for books in the library, use the call numbers below to find the subject areas that are of interest to you. You can use them to browse the reference section or the main stacks. The Library of Congress website may have a more detailed outline of call numbers for your subject area.

J General legislative and executive papers
JA Political science (General)
JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state.
JF Political institutions and public administration - General
JJ Political institutions and public administration - North America
JK Political institutions and public administration - United States
JL Political institutions and public administration - Canada, Latin America, etc.
JN Political institutions and public administration - Europe
JQ Political institutions and public administration - Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.
JS Local government. Municipal government
JV Colonies and colonization, Emigration and Immigration. International migration
JX International law (obsolete)
JZ International relations