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POLS 2000: Home

Introduction to Political Science

Academic Encyclopedias

Culture wars in America : an encyclopedia of issues, viewpoints, and voices (2014) Connect to title online

The Encyclopedia of Political Science (2011) Connect to title online

Encyclopedia of Politics : the left and the right / (2005)

Main Library 6th floor

Call number: JA61 .E54 2005

Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History (2009) Connect to title online

Presidential campaigns, slogans, issues, and platforms (2012) Connect to title online

Link to all of our encyclopedias in the catalog


We have several databases which contain basic data on many aspects of American life.

PolicyMap:  Data and mapping application that provides access to continuously updated data related to demographics, socio-economics, mortgages and home sales, health statistics, jobs and employment, education and more.

ProQuest Statistical Insight: Statistics published by the U.S. government and other agencies.

Social Explorer: Social Explorer provides easy access to demographic information about the United States, from 1790 to present, includes Census and American Community Surveys.

Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2013- (Proquest): Compilation of social, political, and economic statistics of the United States.  

GIL Express and InterLibrary Loan


You can borrow book from all 32 University System of Georgia institutions through a service called GIL Express.  

First, search the GIL Catalog and find the book you want.  Make sure you choose University System of Georgia from the dropdown menu.  Click on the link to the catalog record of the book.

Second, if another university has the book, and it is not checked out, click on My Account at the top of the page to log in with your MyID and password.

After you log in, you will be able to click on the Request link.  The book should arrive at the Library within four business days.


If the book you need is not owned by UGA or another USG institution, you can then place an ILLiad request, and we will borrow it from outside of the public university system.  This takes longer, so be prepared to wait from two weeks to a month to get a book.

ILL will also get articles for you if we do not possess a print or electronic copy.  They normally can email you a pdf within one business day.

Multi-disciplinary databases

Top databases for academic research in International Affairs;

The Multi-Search is a resource which allows you to search 130 of our databases and our Libraries print catalog at the same time.  

1) The Multi Search doesn't search everything the Libraries has access to electronically.  We have over 500 databases and this resource searches only a quarter of them.  There are several excellent databases that aren't in the Multi Search!  

2) Beware of the fire hydrant effect!  If you've ever done a broad search in Google you've experienced this.  Hundreds of thousands of results, only a few actually what you need.  If you're getting too many articles and books in your results, try going to a specific database for International Affairs.

3) It is easy to get mixed up on what is academic research and what is not.  Make sure you check the "Scholarly Peer Reviewed" box.

Other International Affairs Databases


Finding Political Science Research

We have databases specifically containing research for Political Science.  You can also look up the research of different modern political scientists here.  To avoid wading through articles you don't need, I recommend starting here first.

Political Science Complete:  Citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields.

If you click on "Advanced Search" you can search by a specific author (use the drop down menu next to the search box to change what you're searching).  You can also limit by Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) research.

A second database for Political Science is ProQuest Political Science.  It searches a bit more broadly, and includes news articles.


Finding Books

You can also search for books and other print materials at the UGA Libraries.  Simply click on "Books & More" button underneath the Multi-Search button.  If you want books specific about the topic you're researching, try limiting to "Subject" from the drop down menus.

Getting Full Text

Getting the full text of articles in GALILEO:

If the results has a link that says '.pdf full text' or '.html full text' under it:

  • Simply click on the link and you will have access to the article.

If it does NOT have those links:

  • Click on the FindIt@UGA button under the result;
  • If we have access to article in another database, a link either directly to the article or to the online version of the journal will be provided;
    • If it links to the journal, you will need to browse to your article by clicking on the correct volume, issue, and page number (this information is available in your original results list);

All GALILEO databases have the FindIt@UGA button to help you access the full text articles in the UGA Libraries.

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