Robert J. Terry Library

Political Science Subject Guide

 This political science subject guide describes a list of resources--electronic and print in the Terry Library at Texas Southern University. Most of these resources are scholarly and professional including electronic databases, books, and reference materials, such as: general history, world history, African American history, facts and figures, and criticism. Check the Library Catalog  to find books, journal titles, electronic books, DVDs and more. You may access electronic resources from Find Articles & More. If you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in with your last name and T Number. Databases listed as Free Access are freely available to anyone and do not require a login. Your authorization will remain in place until you close your browser.

Subject Specific Databases--include in-depth coverage of numerous topics from specific disciplines or subject categories. The materials usually are from scholarly journals.

PAIS International (CSA)                                                                                                                  The PAIS International database contains references to more than 460,000 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. Newspapers and newsletters are not indexed.

Policy File (PQ)                                                                                                                         Offering access to U.S. foreign and domestic policy papers and gray literature, Policy File is updated weekly with abstracts and links to the latest reports, papers, and documents from think tanks, research institutes, and agencies.

THOMAS                                                                                                                                 THOMAS is the database of United States Congress legislative information. It is operated by the Library of Congress and was launched in January 1995 at the inception of the 104th Congress. It is a comprehensive, Internet-accessible source of information on the activities of Congress, including:Bills and resolutions, summaries and status, voting results (including how individual members voted), Congressional Record (including the daily digest), Presidential nominations and treaties. Free Access

• White House                                                                                                                is the official web site for the White House and President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. This site is a source for information about the President, White House news and policies, White House history, and the federal government. Free Access

Center for Legislative Archives                                                                                                          The Center for Legislative Archives, a part of the National Archives and Records Administration, preserves and makes available to researchers the historical records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Through its public outreach programs, the Center uses these historical records to promote a better understanding of Congress and the history of American representative government. Free Access

 FDsys - Federal Digital System                                                                                                           FDsys is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from FDsys Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted. This free service is funded by the Federal Depository Library Program and has grown out of Public Law 103-40, known as the Government Printing Office Electronic Information Enhancement Act of 1993.  Free Access

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies                                                                                  The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation's premier research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses exclusively on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. For over three decades, our research and information programs have informed and influenced public opinion and national policy to benefit not only African Americans, but every American.  Free Access

• JSTOR Arts & Sciences I and II Collections                                                                                          JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. Content in JSTOR spans many disciplines, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.

General Interest Databases-These databases cover a broad range of topics or multiple subjects and disciplines and some aspects of political science including biographical resources, history, theory and criticism.

Academic One File                                                                                                                           The premier source for peer-reviewed, full text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences including business, accounting and finance, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

Academic Search Complete                                                                                                      Academic multidisciplinary database providing full text for 4,450 plus scholarly publications, including full text for 3,500 plus peer reviewed journals.

Directory of Open Access Journals                                                                                                    This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

Dissertations and Theses                                                                                                                    This database is the most comprehensive source for information about the U.S. doctoral dissertations. It includes citations from 1881- present; 3S0 work abstracts from 1980-present; from 1988 to present 150 word abstracts are included on mater's theses; full text is available from 1997 to the present.

EJS (Electronic Journal Service)                                                                                                        EJS is your gateway to thousands of e-journals containing millions of peer reviewed articles from hundreds of different publishers covering multiple disciplines and subjects.

General Reference Center Gold                                                                                                           A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources-newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, and history.

MasterFILE Premier                                                                                                                         This multidisciplinary database provides full text for than 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covers virtually every subject area of general interest including history.

• ProQuest Historical Newspapers                                                                                                        Newspapers are an excellent source for historical information. This database contains a deep backfile for The New York Times (1851-2001), The Wall Street Journal (1889-1986), The Washington Post (1877-1987), The Christian Science Monitor (1908-1990) and Los Angeles Times (1881-1984).

INDEXES (Periodical & Newspaper) Print indexes are located the Reference department on the first floor. Databases are accessible through the Electronic Resources section of the library’s web page. Indexes are an important resource tools for locating peer reviewed articles in scholarly journals, news articles in newspapers and articles in trade news magazines.

• Facts on File Yearbook call number D410.F3 1941-2010                                                                        An annual overview of important events; arranged by date. Index by topic is available in each volume.

• World Almanac and Book of Facts call number AY67.N5 W7                                                                 An American-published quick-reference almanac conveying information about such subjects as world changes, political events, disasters, and other milestones.


The Terry Library uses the Library of Congress Classification to organize and arrange books and other materials into 21 classes. Each class is identified by a letter of the alphabet, subclass by a combination of letters and subtopics within the classes and subclasses by a numerical notation, consequently determining what is known as the Call Number. The call number is the best and quickest way to locate a book or other materials on the shelves in the Library. The subject of History has several Library of Congress Classifications, depending on geographic location, type of history (historical accounts, criticism, etc.). The Library of Congress Classifications range from J-JZ6530. Several broad subject categories in History are listed below with their Library of Congress classification. You may use these classifications to browse the shelves to locate books or you may browse the Library Catalog by the classification number or the subject for books in these categories. An example of a call number is: JK2261.S357 2012 which pertains to Hopelessly Divided : the New Crisis in American Politics... by Douglas E. Schoen. Generally speaking, books pertaining to History will be located on the 3rd floor; however, many titles can be found in the Heartman Collection on the 1st floor, and locations for those titles will be indicated in the Library Catalog.

A Selected List of Books Located in the Reference Collection:

• American Political Dictionary. Jack C. Plano, Milton Greenberg. 1st Floor Reference - In Library Use Only. Call number: JK9.P55 1985

• Who’s Who in American Politics. 1st Floor Reference - In Library Use Only                                           Call Number: E176 .W6424 1967-2001

Electronic Books (e-books)

The e-content collection has over 28,250 full text e books and e-journals including audio books. A simple subject search in eBook Collection (EBSCO) yields over 10,000 full text e-books covering various aspects of history. You may also check the Electronic Databases A-Z list, WorldCat FirstSearch. Listed below you will find a selected list of e-Books from eBook Collection (EBSCO).

George Washington and the Origins of the American Presidency. Mark J. Rozell, William Pederson, Frank Williams, 2000

The Journey to the Promised Land: The African American Struggle for Development Since the Civil War. Dickson A. Mungazi, 2001

Sealed with Blood: War, Sacrifice, and Memory in Revolutionary America. Sarah J. Purcell , 2002

Government Resources (Free Access)

American Memory (Library of Congress)                                                                                             American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

National Archives and Records Administration                                                                                Preserves and makes documents available to the public and online. Sample documents and lesson plans are available on the website. The National Archives Building in Washington, DC (Archives I), houses textual and microfilm records relating to genealogy, American Indians, the New Deal, the District of Columbia, the Federal courts, Congress, and pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters. The Rotunda of the National Archives Building in downtown Washington, DC, contains the permanent exhibit of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.

Voices of Civil Rights                                                                                                                            The exhibition Voices of Civil Rights documents events during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. This exhibition draws from the thousands of personal stories, oral histories, and photographs collected by the “Voices of Civil Rights” project, a collaborative effort of AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of Congress, and mark the arrival of these materials in the Library's collection. 

Harris County, Texas Government Sources                                                                                         Contains information about various Harris County government offices and services, including boards and task forces, citizen services, voter information, and budget and tax data. 

National Institute of Justice                                                                                                               The National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels. 

Federal Government Information Resources                                                                                       Contains an A-Z listing of all government agencies as well as general information about the three branches (executive, judicial and legislative) of the United States government.

U.S. Senate                                                                                                                                 Information about the Senate.

U.S. House of Representatives                                                                                                 Information about the House of Representatives.

American President at the Miller Center                                                                                            The Miller Center is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges.

Texas Legislature Online                                                                                                             Contains information about the Texas House and Senate, bills, committees, agendas, and calendar.

 Selected Internet Resources (Free Access)

American Bar Association                                                                                                                   Contains research about justice-related issues.

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)                                                                              Focuses on three subject areas: (1) challenges to nation and international security; (2) global developments; and (3) developing new methods of governance with specialties in technology, public policy, international trade/finance, and energy.

Institute for Policy Research                                                                                                    Sponsored by Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research, this site's topics include poverty, race and inequality; child, adolescent and family studies; community development; law and crime, health care policy; environmental policy and government. Publication content includes working papers, book abstracts, newsletters, and policy briefs.                                                                                                                                     A clearinghouse for legal paper topics. Mainly meant for law students, this site can be very helpful for researching a particular topic in U.S. law.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy                                                                                            Includes substantial information about political philosophy.

Supreme Court Historical Society                                                                                                Options for research include biographies, bibliographies, and papers of the justices, opinions and procedures of the Court, and a history of the Supreme Court building, accompanied by a virtual tour.