Political Science Research Guide

This research guide is specifically designed to help FDU students to use our library resources for their study in the field of political science.

On our book shelves

International encyclopedia of political science Call no. Ref. JA61 .I58 2011

The Statesman's yearbook Call no. Ref. JA51 .S7

Political handbook of the world Call no. Ref. JF37 .P61

Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey Call no. Ref. JK3531 .M3

Encyclopedia of global studies Call no. Ref. JZ1318 .E626 2012 This set is also in our ebook collection.

Reference books are excellent tools for picking a good topic or checking on a particular issue. In FDU libraries, reference books can be checked out for short period of time. Please check with the reference librarian.

Mainly the books on political science are in the section of J.

In case you look for a specific item, you need to use our online catalog - the CoolCat.

In our ever-expanding ebook collection, there are many titles on political science available to you 24/7. Off-campus access requires a valid FDU webmail ID and password.

Dictionary of political science and international relations English-Spanish, Spanish-English = Diccionario de ciencias poli´ticas y relaciones internacionales : Ingle´s-Castellano, Castellano-Ingle´s (Yes! This one is in both English and Spanish)

The Blackwell dictionary of political science a user's guide to its terms

The Palgrave Macmillan dictionary of political thought

Dictionary of politics and government

Our online databases are available 24/7. Most of them can be accessed from off-campus. This means you will be able to connect to our databases from home or office with your FDU webmail ID and password.

CQ Researcher Online

SocINDEX with Full Text

Contemporary Women's Issues



Plus many multi-disciplinary databases such as

Academic Search Premier

LexisNexis Academic

JSTOR Scholarly Journal Archive

ProQuest Research Library

ScienceDirect College Edition

Useful Websites

Federal Election Commission

Detailed data on campaign contributions and expenditures by candidates, parties, and committees.

American Factfinder Data Sets

From the U.S. Census Bureau, these datasets contain a variety of information from household income to ethnic and racial profiles of various groups across the country.


Home of the US government’s open data and includes Federal, state and local data, tools, and resources to conduct research.

State Data Center

Cooperative program between the states and the Census Bureau that was created in 1978 to make data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments

Open Secrets/Center for Responsive Politics

Data sets for US politics: campaign finance, lobbying, 527s, and candidate's personal finances.

Policy Agendas Project

The Policy Agendas Project collects and organizes data from various archived sources to trace changes in the national policy agenda and public policy outcomes since the Second World War.

General Social Survey (NORC)

Contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest.

American National Election Studies

Data on voting, public opinion, and political participation to serve the needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists

The MacroDataGuide

The MacroDataGuide is a tool that has been especially developed by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services to save researchers and students time and energy in their search for high quality social science macro data.

The Quality of Government Institute - QoG Datasets

See codebook for comprehensive list of links to political science datasets on pretty much any political topic you can think of.

Supreme Court Database

The Supreme Court Database is the definitive source for U.S. Supreme Court data. The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1946 and 2011 terms.

IQSS (Institute for Qualitative Social Science at Harvard) Dataverse Network

Links to a large collection of social science research data

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

Search for words or phrases in the title field, by investigator, by study number or in all fields of this huge collection of data sets at the University of Michigan.

Still have questions? Our reference librarians are always happy to help you. Visit us at Giovatto Library on Teaneck campus, call us at 201-692-2100, or email or chat with us via the library webpage.

Prepared by Sean Chen, Feb 2014