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Political Science: Home


This research guide presents recommended resources for UDC's Political Science program. 

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Recommended Journals

Below is a short list of journals that cover the area of political science. If there is an article you are interested in that is not freely available through UDC library resources, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. If you have questions on how to do this, contact a librarian.


UDC belongs to the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC).

The nine member libraries share circulating materials with each other and have a common library catalog.

You can use the catalog to look for materials in all of the libraries' collections at one time, or you can limit your search to any one of the libraries.

Related Guides

The following UDC Library research guides are related to political science and may provide useful information.

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Help Guides

We have created several Help Guides to help you navigate using library and information resources and tools. These guides are designed to walk you through finding what you need while offering tips, tricks, and other useful information. 

You can see a full list of our subject guides in our Index of Research Guides.

Recommended Databases

Primary Sources

Browse the Stacks

If you want to browse the stacks for political science books, you can find titles related to this topic in the call number sections below. If you need assistance finding a topic or a specific title, just ask a reference librarian for help.

E - History of the United States

HF - Commerce

HG - Finance

HJ - Public Finance

HX - Socialism, Communism, Anarchism

J - General Legislative and Executive Papers

JA - Political Science (General)

JC - Political Theory

JF-JQ - Political Institutions and Public Administration

JS - Local Government, Municipal Government

JV - Colonies and Colonization, Emigration and Immigration, International Migration

JZ - International Relations

K - Law

U - Military and Military Science

V - Navies and Naval Science


When you search for articles, books, and other information, you need to use keywords. Below is a list of keywords or categories of keywords that could be used in the library databases. You can use this on their own or mix and match them to narrow your results.

  • Activism
  • Campaign or Political Campaign
  • Civics
  • Communications, Media
  • Comparative Politics
  • Conflict or Specific Conflict (e.g. Vietnam War, Cold War, etc.)
  • Congress 
  • Constitution
  • Election
  • Executive Branch
  • Geopolitics 
  • Global Politics
  • Globalization
  • Government Level (Local, State, Federal, International)
  • House of Representatives
  • Identity Politics
  • International Relations
  • Judicial Branch
  • Legislation
  • Legislative Branch
  • Military
  • Policy
  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Theory or Theorist
  • President
  • Protest
  • Public Administration
  • Public Law
  • Public Opinion
  • Rights or Specific Rights
  • Senate
  • Specific Historical Era
  • Specific Piece of Legislation or Law
  • Specific Political Movement
  • Specific Political Party or Group (e.g. Republican, Democrat, Whig, Tory, etc.)
  • Specific Social Movement
  • Specific Type of Government 
  • Voters
  • Voting or Voting Rights