Subject Guides

These Subject Guides will be retired in December. You can start using the new Politics guide now. This page will no longer be updated. 

Update your bookmarks to https://stmarys-ca.libguides.com/politics

Or, navigate on the new website down to "Research Guides" 

Scan capture of where the new Research Guides link is

Includes Countries of the World and their Leaders Yearbook

Background Notes - Country Information - U.S. Department of State background notes, arranged by country.

CIA World Factbook

Elections Around the World: Wiki provides a comprehensive and detailed anaylses of recent elections. Now a part of Wikipedia.

Electronic Embassy provides links to staff and resources for the DC embassy community. For a directory of embassies worldwide use U S Embassy.gov.

Statesman's Yearbook - Annual.  Online ebook.

World Government Data - Compiled by the Guardian (UK), a metasearch of governmental data from multiple countries, with downloadable data sets.

Constitutions, Treaties and Official Declarations Around the World - An alphabetical listing of approximately 140 countries, with links to their constitutions, and other links if available to treaties.

Americas Program - Policy briefs and analysis from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Includes information on migration, sustainable development, and trade.

Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) - Searchable by subject. 

Includes Encyclopedia of Political Communication

Includes International Encyclopedia of Political Science, and Encyclopedia of Political Theory

In depth essays on a variety of social science issues, as well as theories.

Yearbook of the United Nations - from the United Nations site.

EurActiv Portal - POLIS has integrated into this site, which provides news, typical positions in European politics, and forums.

Europa - European Union homepage. Policies, basic information about the organization, press releases and other institutions within the organization. Includes the following two sites:

Eurostat (Statistical Office of the European Communities)

Treaty on European Union - Full text of the document.

United Nations - Documents, news and much more. Within this site you can find:

United Nations Documentation: Research Guide - Overview of the various types of documents and publications issued by the UN, and how to use them.
News Centre - available in 6 of the official languages of the UN. Search engine uses British spellings of words!
Women Watch - which focuses on UN entities dealing with the "advancement and empowerment of women..."

United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law - Hundreds of streaming videos on international law topics.

United Nations System: A Reference Handbook (Ref 341.23 AL35) Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2005.

International Relations and Security Network (ISN) - Based at the Center for Security Studies and Conflict Research in Zurich and supported by the Swiss government as part of the NATO Partnership for Peace. Dedicated to promoting the flow of unclassified information in the fields of international relations and security affairs.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) - Includes current news and a directory of organizational speeches. From this page, you can also access the following:

NATO Basic Documents and Publications - Includes news articles, NATO Handbook, NATO Review and fact sheets.
NATO Newsroom - Press releases, speeches, video, and an archive.

Includes Encyclopedia of Human Rights

Includes Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity, Human Rights Encyclopedia, Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources, Government, Politics, and Protest: Essential Primary Sources, and Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources

War Crimes and Justice: A Reference Handbook. (Ref 341.69 B210) Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2002.

Women and International Human Rights Law. (Ref 305.42 As48) 3 vols. Ardsley, NY: Transational, 1999-

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Full text report from the State Department. You can access the most recent report, or go back through the archive beginning in 1999.

Freedom House.org - A non-profit, non partisan group focusing on human rights advocacy and analysis.

Human Rights Documentation Initiative - "a project of the University of Texas Libraries to make the record of human rights violations, especially genocide, available online."

Human Rights Library - From the University of Minnesota, a collection of documents from many large bodies, such as the United Nations, European Commission on Human Rights, etc.

Human Rights Watch - News and information from this organization, plus annual world reports, accessible by country name.

Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda - Report dated April, 2004. From Human Rights Watch.

The Torture Archive - Over 83,000 pages from the National Security Archive at George Washington University. Includes legal documents from the US and foreign courts, information on practices of US military and intelligence sources, the complete Combatant Status Review Tribunal and the ARB files from the Pentagon. Searchable.

United States Institute of Peace- A nonpartisan federal site, organized "to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of the international conflicts". News updates, special reports, briefings are included.

This is just a broad look at data sources for politics-- 

Bureau of Justice Statistics - Browse by topic, or do a quick search, for national statistics that relate to crime and criminal justice.  Use different terms if you can't find what you need.  For instance, there are no statistics for "domestic violence", but there are for "intimate partner violence."  

Census Bureau

Data.gov - For statistics of the more than 70 agencies in the U S Federal Government.

European Commission Statistics 

Huge collection of national and international statistics.  Complicated and at times difficult to use, but well worth the struggle for the great results.

 Also includes information on state statistics other than California, but California has the best statistics from this database focusing on education, crime, labor, transportation and more which can be narrowed by county and year.  

Statistical Abstract of the United States - An annual summary of national statistics.  Do a general search to local stats, and pay attention to the governmental organization that collects the data.  If you require more data, click on the link to the organization to find more reports.

Statistical Portrait of the United States: Social Conditions and Trends ebook from Proquest Ebrary

Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web - Posted by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, this offers a quick guide to national and international governmental and organizational sites.

United Nations Statistics Division

World Bank Open Data

Browse other literature reviews in this database if it is a topic that is a social science.  Not everything in this database is available to students, but many of the articles that relate to sociology, anthropology, or psychology, are available.

The Literature Review: A Research Journey - An overview of the literature review iterative process. This particular guide has an educational focus, but a literature review for any discipline has similar steps and processes. From the Harvard Library.

Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students - This 9-1/2 minute video explains what a literature review is, and why it is important for graduate student research. From North Carolina State University.

Political Science Subject Guide: Literature Reviews from Yale University has very detailed information on how to search for resources for your lit review.

Chicago Manual of Style Online. Also available in print in the reference room (Ref 808.02 Un3e)

Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Date) - a quick guide from the SMC Library

Quick Guide to Chicago Style from the Chicago manual publishers. Scroll down to the Author/Date tab, and select that for a list of examples of citation.

Citation Management Software

Consider getting the Firefox (browser) extension called Zotero to better manage your online citations.  You can also use Mendeley.   Both are free!


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