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Political Science 353


A Guide to Library Resources for Political Science 353


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Welcome! We are providing this site to assist you in exploring library resources on your topic. Our library is one of the largest in the United States and it can be very intimidating. We will try to make things a little easier for you, but you have to ask questions. It takes patience, curiosity, and a sense of adventure to use our resources and facilities so think of this page as a road map for your travels with us.



Digital National Security Archive – This is a collection of primary resource documents that have been made public by the Freedom of Information Act.  It consists of many different collections, but the ones most relevant to this class include Columbia and the United States: Political Violence, Narcotics, and Human Rights 1948-2010; Death Squads, Guerilla War, Covert Operations, and Genocide: Guatemala and the United States: 1954-1999; El Salvador: The Making of U.S. Policy 1977-1984; El Salvador: War, Peace, and Human Rights: 1980-1994; The Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal, 1983=1988; Nicaragua: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1978-1990; and Peru: Human Rights. Drugs, and Diplomacy, 1980-2000.  In addition to scanned copies of thousands of original memos, letters, dispatches, and other materials from the U.S. government, the resource provides chronologies, bibliographies, overviews, glossaries, and photographs.



  • CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) – Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is designed to be the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991-on that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGO’s, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences.
  • Historical Abstracts – Identifies international articles and books on history since 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes topics from the Renaissance to Tiananmen Square. A targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities is also provided.
  • JSTOR – Includes the full-text of over 100 journals in the areas of African American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, population studies, sociology, and statistics. Most include full texts of complete journals from their inception up to a “moving wall.” The moving wall is a fixed period of time ranging, in most cases, from 2 to 5 years, that defines the gap between the most recently published issue and the date of the most recent issues available in JSTOR.
  • P.A.I.S. International (Public Affairs Information Service) – This is a bibliographic index with abstracts covering the full range of political, social, and public policy issues. Topics covered include economic, political, and social issues, business, finance, law, international trade and relations, public administration, government, political science, and any topics that are or might become the subject of legislation. The database covers selected journal articles, books, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports, government documents, and microfiche. More than 1,600 journals and over 8,000 monographs are indexed each year. Coverage includes documents published worldwide in any of six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The subject headings and abstracts are in English. Covers 1915-present.
  • Project Muse – Picks up where JSTOR leaves off, providing the full text of publications on the “other side of the moving wall” and some unique titles as well. Subjects include psychology, mathematics, history, American studies, history and literature of medicine, black studies, literature, performing arts, human rights, religion, children’s literature, philosophy, politics, and others.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts – This database is built upon the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000. The database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy.



  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the Library – Library guide to source about and from Latin America. An example – Cultura Politica de la democracia en Chile 2010 – from the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)
  • EIU – Economist Intelligence Unit– Country Intelligence supplies in-depth analysis of current political, policy and economic trends with an 18 month outlook. Quarterly and annual statistics with at least 150 data points picked from the most reliable sources and reviewed by analysts for over 195 countries.  Country Intelligence contains country reports and profiles, risk ratings, licensing and trading information for the new economies, plus G-8 and regional forecasts.
  • Europa World Plus Combines the Europa World Yearbook and the Europa Regional Survey of the World in an online resource. An absolutely fantastic site for country information including current news on elections, recent events, and even allows you to compare statistics between countries of the world.
  • Political Risk Yearbook – This wide-ranging resource provides information concerning political and business stability in 106 countries. A standard format provides information on each country including a country forecast and a country review.  Data sections are followed by entries providing comment and analysis, forecast scenarios, a forecast data summary, players to watch and political players and parties. The country overview provides basic data, a political overview of the people, history, government, and political conditions.  To access the resource, click on the link and enter “political risk” into the search box.  Make sure you are on the All Resources tab. Look at the list provided and choose your country, and the type of report you would like to have.
  • CIA World Factbook   Frequent updates – includes map, overview, politics, economics, population, and more. Last section for entry usually includes “transnational issues” including internal disputes.



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  • Online Library Catalog – The online catalog is your GPS for locating book, journals, and more in the University of Illinois Library.  This resource can also be used to request books from other institutions in the State of Illinois through our cooperative catalog called I-Share.  You can also use this resource to discover where your class reserves sit – whether they are in electronic format or print – and to check your library account to see what you have checked out, requested, or what needs to be renewed.
  • WorldCat – If you cannot find the title you are looking for in the I-Share catalog, go to WorldCat next to search for an item.  This is what is called a union catalog of over 1500 libraries throughout the world and contains over 52 million records representing materials in all formats. Includes records for materials in 400 languages.  If you need something you have found in this catalog you will request it through Interlibrary Loan.  See more on this below.
  • Interlibrary Loan/ILLiad – This is another way of obtaining the materials you need.  In addition to requesting books, this is used to request articles that are not available in the University of Illinois collection.  You cannot renew items you have received through ILLiad by yourself.  It is necessary to call 217-333-8400.  You can also call this number if you are having problems with your library card.



Guidelines for citing electronic and print resources are available from the Undergraduate Library’s Citation Styles guide and the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library’s Style and Writing Guides.

Need help collecting and organizing your citations and producing a list of works cited? Citation management tools can help! The guide “Citation Managers” helps users choose a citation management tool and provides links to other guides on specific options like Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.



Ask-A-Librarian for Help with Your Research

Use our Ask-A-Librarian Service to IM, chat, email, phone or find a reference librarian.

Cindy Ingold – cingold@illinois.edu

Contact a librarian to request an appointment for an in-depth Research Consultation.

Finding Your Way Around

There are over 25 departmental libraries on our campus, and sometimes it may be difficult to determine where to find the resources you need. For your class, the library that you will be using most is the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL). We are located in SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101) of the Main Library building. Do no hesitate to come in and ask one of our energetic and helpful information desk assistants.