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Resources in Political Science

Find Articles in Databases & Journals

Use databases to search multiple online journals at the same time. Find articles about a specific topic by using keywords, subject headings, authors, and more.



Find Background Information

Reference sources, online or in print, include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and directories and are great starting points for background information about a specific topic.



Browse Useful Websites

Websites can provide statistics, data, articles, documents, and other information about a specific field of study.


Develop Research Skills

Political Science Research Guides

Research guides provide suggestions for finding and using information about a specific subject.

Class Guides

Class guides are created by librarians to provide guides to helpful sources for a particular class.



Use Additional Library Resources

Political Science Related Libraries and Library Services



Learn About Other Resources on Campus

Learn about political science resources, research, and services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


About the Political Science Collection

Political science materials have been collected by the University Library since 1867. Initially the political science collection was housed with the main collection. In 1964-65 the political science collection was separated from the History collection and merged with education, psychology, sociology, and social work to form the Education and Social Science Library. In 2012, the Education and Social Science Library merged with the Applied Health Sciences Library to form the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL). Currently the political science collection numbers approximately 185,000 volumes in areas such as American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, and public policy. The political science collection is especially strong in the areas of international relations and conflict resolution.

Please direct all comments or requests for information to Cindy Ingold, Political Science Librarian, (217) 333-7998.