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Background: Reference Sources

Encyclopedias are helpful starting places :

  • To browse for research ideas.
  • To help focus your topic.
  • For general information about a topic, person, place, or an event (a tertiary source)
  • For more resources that provide bibliographies – which will lead to additional books and articles.

As a general rule, researchers do not cite reference (tertiary) sources in their research, but instead use them for informational purposes. 

Political Science Reference Sources in CREDO

CREDO CREDO is an online collection of over 800 reference resources, providing definitions, background information, quotations, images, and biographical information. Explore this title list of reference eBooks relating to political science for background information!

Browse Call Numbers (i.e. Subjects) in the Reference Collection

Print Reference Sources
For POLITICAL SCIENCE, browse the Reference Collection, located on the main floor of Hewes Library, in the J and K call numbers. Consult below for additional areas of interest.

A General works   PB-PH Modern European Languages
B-BJ Philosophy, Psychology   PG Russian Literature
BL-BX Religion   PJ-PM Languages and Lit of Asia, Africa
C Auxiliary Sciences of History   PN, PR, PS, PZ General Literature
D History: General and Old World     English and American Literature
E-F History: America   PQ, part 1 French Literature
G Geography, Anthropology   PQ, part 2 Italian, Spanish, Portuguese Lit
H Social Science   PT, part 1 German Literature
J Political Science   PT, part 2 Dutch and Scandinavian Lit
KD Law of the United Kingdom/Ireland   Q Science
KF Law of the United States   R Medicine
L Education   S Agriculture
M Music   T Technology
N Fine Arts   U Military Science
P-PA General Philology and Linguistics   V Naval Science
  Classical Languages and Lit   Z Bibliography, Library Science

Digital Reference Resources

Digital Reference Resources
Search your topic keywords and gather background and contextual information.

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