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Political Science

This is a guide to research in the subject areas of politics and government.

Primary Sources in Political Science

  • government records
  • photographs
  • speeches
  • maps
  • firsthand accounts (such as diaries or memoirs)
  • drawings
  • laws
  • letters
  • blog posts
  • works of art
  • raw data (such as from polls or censuses)
  • posters
  • works of fiction
  • interviews
  • newspaper articles
  • and more!

To find primary sources specifically, couple the topic of your subject heading with relevant subheadings that relate to the historical time period, place of origin, and item format of the materials that interest you. Use the Library Search for materials.

These "complex subjects" (containing more than one idea) have their own particular notation.

Example: if you are looking for letters written by Russian revolutionaries, you might try searching for "Revolutionaries--Russia--Correspondence" for more targeted results.

Examples of Primary Sources in Political Science

How To Find Legislative Information

Claremont Colleges Library subscribes to a database, Proquest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional) that provides indexing and full-text access to most Congressional publications from 1769 to 2004. Documents and electronic publications after 2004 are generally available through Library Search, the online catalog as well as from FDsys (GPO) and U.S. Congress Web sites.

Data Compendium Databases

IGO Database Links for Data and Statistics