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  • POLITICAL SCIENCE: WELCOME

    This guide is everything political science! It links you to search tips for books and articles and offers credible online resources, career info, apps and fun political sites to know!

    Welcome to this guide sharing resources for Political Science courses. There is a lot of information here, so keep coming back! Start by visiting the menu tabs and scanning the red title bars to find the type of information you need. 

    The library's digital content - database collections, ebooks, study guides, etc. - is always available 24/7.  Be sure to work with a librarian if you are feeling overwhelmed or can't find the information you need. Librarians are accessible by chat during open hours.

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    RESEARCH TIPS

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    Libraries use standard vocabulary in their databases; so, the following search terms will help improve search results! Be sure to ask a librarian for search terms specific to your topic, if needed!

    • activists or activism
    • campaign funds
    • campaign issues
    • identity politics
    • ideology
    • international alliances
    • political action committees
    • political action affinity groups
    • political advertising
    • political affiliation
    • political agenda
    • political asylum
    • political attitudes
    • political campaigns or political campaigns - history or political campaigns laws
    • political debates
    • political movements - history
    • political participation
    • political science
    • practical politics
    • public demonstrations
    • radicals or radicalism
    • social movements or social movements - history

    POLITICAL AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

    The United States of America is a nation founded in dissent and rebellion and sustained by the free exchange of ideas and opinions. Many social and protest movements have influenced and continue to shape the course of American history. When searching databases, try using the subject terms below to find specific resources. Adding 'sources' to your search phrase will result in a collection of primary documents such as letters, speeches, diaries, etc. Read more about finding primary documents on our How to Find Web Resources guide. 

    • Antislavery movements
    • Black lives matter movement
    • Civil rights movements
    • Environmentalism
    • Feminism
    • Gay liberation movement
    • Human rights movements
    • Labor movement or Labor unions or Living wage movement
    • Peace movements or Anti-war demonstrations
    • Social movements - political aspects
    • Women-Suffrage

    CITATION - MLA STYLE

    Political science professors will most likely be asking for MLA citation style format. But, if your professor requires Chicago/Turabian, both are introduced on the Citation Styles guide found by selecting the CITATIONS tab at the top of this page.

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    Be sure to work with your professor or a librarian if you have trouble creating citations! We are here to help!

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