Political Science and Law Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on political science and law


CQ Researcher - social and political issues

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection - anthropology, archaeology, area studies, economics, education, geography, history, political science, sociology, statistics [also covers humanities]

Westlaw - law

National Criminal Justice Reference Service - criminal justice, law enforcement

PAIS International - political science, public policy, social issues

RAND California - statistical information on California economic and public policy issues

Sage Journals - social sciences [also covers business, humanities, sciences]

Social Sciences Abstracts - anthropology, area studies, criminal justice, cultural studies, economics, geography, international relations, political science, public policy, social work, sociology

Social Services Abstracts - social work

Annual Review of Political Science Backfile - review articles synthesizing the literature of political science; does not include the last five years

Others to consider:

America: History & Life - U.S. and Canadian history

CountryWatch - information, data and news on all countries

Google Scholar - indexes a large proportion of the scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center - viewpoint articles and topic overviews on social issues

OneSearch - Articles

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals, Find Journals by Title, Finding Full-Text Articles, and How to Cite Electronic & Print Resources

Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

Use OneSearch to find books and videos in the CSUMB Library's collection.

Books at other libraries

First try changing the drop down box in OneSearch from 'CSUMB Collections' to 'Books and Media (All CSU)'. If you can't find what you're searching for in the CSU please place a request via the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books not available through the CSU / OneSearch.

Selected reference books

Black's Law Dictionary. Ref KF156.B53 2004

CQ's Politics in America. Ref JK1012.C63 2008

Crime and Punishment: Essential Primary Sources. 2006

Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory. 2010

Encyclopedia of Political Science. 2011Encyclopedia of Political Theory. 2010

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. Ref KF4548.E53 2000

Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention. 2010

Hyperpolitics: An Interactive Dictionary of Political Science Concepts. 2010

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. [abstracts only, see Ref H41.I58 2001 for text]

Encyclopedia of the United Nations. Ref KZ4968.O84 2003

Major Acts of Congress. 2004

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace. 2010

Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought. Ref JA61.S37 2007

West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ref KF154.W47 1998

World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems. 2006

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's research guides on Government Information, Public Policy, and Statistical Information


Political science

American Government and Public Policy Internet Resources - Includes categories: Gateway Sites, Academic and Research Sites, Congress and Law, Executive Branch, Media, Political Parties, Campaigns, Elections, Public Opinion, Public Policy, States and Localities, and Statistics; provided by Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley.

The Brookings Institution - The nation's oldest think tank; nonpartisan organization which sponsors research, analysis, education, and publications focused on public policy issues in the areas of economics, foreign policy, and governance; provided by the Brookings Institution.

California Government and Public Policy Internet Resources - Includes categories: Gateway Sites, Academic and Research Sites, State Agencies, State Legislature and Law, Local and Regional Government, Media, Political Parties, Campaigns, Elections, Public Opinion, Public Policy, and Statistics; provided by Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley.

California Institute for County Government - Includes county profiles with financial, economic, and demographic statistics for each county in the state; also provides selected newspaper articles about California counties; provided by California State Association of Counties and CSU Sacramento.

Digital Democracy - Features a searchable database of California state legislative committees hearings, allowing the user to search videos by keyword, topic, speaker or date. Digital Democracy is a first of its kind tool because it will transcribe all legislative hearing videos and will make the transcriptions available to users in their searchable entirety.

Elections Around the World - Includes information on election results around the world as well as links to parties, parliaments, and election institutes; provided by Electionworld.org.

The Field (California) Poll - Selected reports from an independent, non-partisan, media-sponsored public opinion news service that focuses on California political and social issues; provided by the Field Research Corporation.

Foreign Affairs Online - Includes categories: General Reference, Map Resources, Media, US Government, Foreign States, UN, NGOs and IGOs, International Law, Human Rights, International Relations, Think Tanks, and Digital Divide; provided by Robert J. Beck.

Government in Latin America - Includes categories: Government, Human Rights, Law & Justice, Military, and Political Science; many sites are not in English; provided by Latin American Network Information Center, University of Texas.

Governments on the WWW - Includes over 16,000 links to parliaments, ministries, offices, law courts, embassies, city councils, public broadcasting corporations, central banks, multi-governmental institutions, and political parties; provided by Gunnar Anzinger.

ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) - Provides a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction; for information about access and use, CSUMB students, faculty and staff should contact the campus ICPSR representative, Dr. Jennifer Dyer-Seymour (SBS); provided by the University of Michigan.

International Affairs Resources - Includes over 2,000 links in categories: Getting Started, Media Resources, Organizations, Regions and Countries, and Topics; provided by Wayne A. Selcher, Elizabethtown College.

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press - Summaries of results from an independent public opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics, and public policy issues; provided by the Center.

Political Resources on the Net - Political sites sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world; provided by Roberto Cicciomessere.

PollingReport.com - Nonpartisan site which reports poll data on topics of national, political, economic, and sociocultural interest; sources include: Gallup, Harris, CNN, CBS/NYT, and NBC/WSJ; provided by The Polling Report, Inc.

Project Vote Smart - Tracks more than 40,000 current elected officials and candidates; includes voting records, issues and background information, campaign finances and performance evaluations; zip code access to listings of state and federal representatives; provided by Project Vote Smart.

Political Science Resources on the Web - Includes categories: Area Studies, Foreign Politics, International Relations, Local Governments, Political Theory, State Governments, Statistics, Think Tanks, U.S. Politics and Elections; provided by the University of Michigan Documents Center.

Public Opinion Poll Database - Search an archive of over 230,000 poll questions by keywords; provided by the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC Chapel Hill.

Public Policy Institute of California - Private, nonprofit organization which sponsors research on major economic, social and political issues affecting the state; includes the full text of published reports; provided by the Institute.

State and Local Government on the Net - Includes links to all 50 state governments as well as many county and city governments; provided by Piper Resources.

Stateline.org - Includes comparative information on the public policies of all 50 states, searchable by state or by issue (e.g., healthcare or election reform); contains current and archived news and background information about the states and their governments; provided the Pew Center on the States.


California Ballot Propositions - Lists and summarizes all California Ballot Propositions from 1884 to present and whether the proposition passed or failed. Provided by the Los Angeles County Law Library.

California Code of Regulations - Provides access to current regulations of California agencies. Searchable by agency or keyword. Provided by the California Office of Administrative Law.

California Courts Self-Help Center - Designed to help people learn about California law, represent themselves in legal matters, and find legal assistance. Provided by the California Judicial Council.

Code of Federal Regulations - Current Code of Federal Regulations searchable by citation, by keyword or by using the detailed table of contents. Provided by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University.

Court TV Online - Provides information on current newsworthy cases and controversies. Also includes a Crime Library of famous cases. Provided by Court TV (television program).

FindLaw - Includes categories: U.S. case law, law codes, international law, law review articles, legal news, lawyers, law schools, and legal organizations; organized into sections for: legal professionals, students, business, and the public; provided by FindLaw, Inc.

Human Rights Library - Includes over 6,500 human rights documents and links to over 2,400 sites; provided by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center.

Internet Legal Resource Guide - Includes a categorized index of more than 4,000 sites from over 200 countries, with an emphasis on the U.S; provided by Internet Legal Resource Guide.

Justice Information Center - Includes categories: Corrections, Courts, Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice Statistics, Drugs and Crime, International, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement, Research and Evaluation, and Victims; provided by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

Legal Information Institute - Includes categories: Law About..., Constitutions and Codes, Court Opinions, and Law by Source or Jurisdiction; provided by Cornell University Law School.

Legislative Counsel of California - Official site for California legislative information; includes text of California Codes and text, status, analysis, and votes for Assembly and Senate bills; provided by the Legislative Counsel.

Municipal Codes - Extensive collection of links to city and county codes available via the Internet. Provided by Seattle Public Library.

Nolo Law Centers - Includes Nolo's Legal Encyclopedia and Nolo?s Law Dictionary. Provides answers to legal questions in plain English. Provided by Nolo Press.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - Includes information, publications, links, and statistics; provided by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Regulations.com - The central online rulemaking portal of the United States government; enables searching, viewing, and commenting on proposed Federal regulations from approximately 160 U.S. federal departments and agencies.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics - Includes data from more than 100 sources about all aspects of criminal justice in the U.S.; presented in over 600 tables available in Adobe Acrobat format; provided by the University of Albany and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's selection of websites on Countries of the World, Government, and Statistical Information

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Evaluating Websites & Internet Resources and How to Cite Electronic & Print Resources.

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