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Course Guides

LPP 244: Introduction to Law, Public Policy and Ethics

POL 101R: Introduction to American Politics

POL 295: Introduction to Political Science Research


Discovery - an EBSCO service allowing you to search multiple databases and the library catalog simultaneously. This service is made available to us through GALILEO, Georgia Library Learning Online, an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

CQ Researcher - provides original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. It offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the U.S. economy.

Homeland Security Digital Library - The Homeland Security Digital Library is the nation's premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. HSDL is only available at Mercer Macon campus and off-campus access is limited to Mercer Macon undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff.

JSTOR - provides access to complete back files of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. NOTE: JSTOR is primarily useful for locating older articles. This is due to an agreement with publishers where JSTOR typically does not provide full text coverage for the most recent 2 to 5 years, in exchange for complete archival access. This database is included in Discovery.

LexisNexis Academic - Provides full-text documents from over 5,600 news, business, legal, medical, and educational sources. The sources include international, national, and regional newspapers, trade journals, wire services, broadcast transcripts, and government publications.

Research Library (ProQuest) - a general database providing access to scholarly journals and general magazines, many of which are available in full text. This database is not included in Discovery.

Web of Science - Provides detailed citations and abstracts for the top scholarly periodicals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Includes the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Covers both domestic and international journals, open access resources, books, patents, proceedings, and Web sites.

Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest) — A resource that includes authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878, ProQuest now updates and publishes this resource monthly.

Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest) - Dissertations and Theses Full Text is a multidisciplinary database which includes 2.4 million searchable citations to dissertations and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.

Government Information and Documents - the official U.S. gateway to all government information. It connects you to millions of web pages-from the federal government, local and tribal governments, and to foreign nations around the world.

FDSys  (Federal Digital System) - FDSys is a free service of the U. S. Government Printing Office (GPO) that provides electronic access to a wealth of official, full-text information produced by the three branches of the Federal Government. - provides information on the activities of the U.S. Congress, including full text of bills, public laws, committee reports, the Congressional Record, and roll call votes.

Useful Web Sites

American FactFinder - an online source that is used to find population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The key data programs include Decennial Census of Housing and Population, Economic Census, American Community Survey, and Population Estimates Program.

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)  - the United States' primary source for criminal justice statistics. The website provides the statistical information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

United Nations Documentation Center  - an index to the documents and publications of the United Nations. It includes full text of all Security Council Resolutions and General Assembly Resolutions from 1976 to present.

U. S. Census Bureau - provides the most comprehensive demographic data, including information and statistics on the nation's population, housing, business and manufacturing activity, international trade, farming, and state and local governments.

U. S. Supreme Court - the official website of the Supreme Court of the United States. It includes information about the Court and the cases before it, including Court Rules, Case Handling Guides, Transcripts and Orders beginning with the October 2000 term, and Opinions beginning with the October 2001 term.

Pew Research Center - "a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research."

Other Resources


Browse Political Science journals in the Mercer Library Catalog to view our print journal holdings. Journals related to Political Science are also available electronically in full text. Search by journal title or browse by subject in the Full Text Electronic Journal List. There is a broad subject available for Political Science - you may further refine your results using the tools on the left of the results page.


Search the library catalog to find books available in the Mercer University Libraries. Items not available at your location can be requested from another library. Please check to make certain items you want are available at your location; if the item you need is at another location, view this guide on how to request it. See what's new in your subject area by viewing New Acquisitions. If you don't see a title in the online catalog, you may request books via Interlibrary Loan, or suggest new or additional titles that the library should purchase. Political science books available in the University Libraries include these Library of Congress classification numbers:

  • JA - Political Science (General)
  • JC - Political Theory
  • JF - JQ - Political Institutions & Public Administration
  • JS - Local Government. Municipal Government
  • JV - Colonies & Colonization. Emigration & Immigration. International Migration
  • JX - International Law
  • JZ - International Relations

Reference Sources

The Almanac of American Politics provides profiles and analysis of state politics, governors, members of Congress, and election result summaries.

Political Handbook of the World - providing thorough and accurate information on more than 200 countries throughout the world, Political Handbook of the World (PHW) is the one-stop source for finding complete, authoritative facts and analysis on each country’s governmental and political makeup. PHW also provides names of key ambassadors and international memberships of each country, and profiles over 120 intergovernmental organizations.

The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History (also available as an ebook) This encyclopedia covers the major forces that have shaped American politics from the founding to today. It includes 187 essays in such areas as Periods; Institutions; Movements; Political Parties; Ideas, Philosophies, and Religions; War and Foreign Policy; Founding Documents; Regions; Ethnic and Racial Groups; Issues; and Mass Culture.

The Statesman's Year-book  provides accurate and comprehensive information on the current, political, economic, and social status of every country in the world.

United States Government Manual - also available online - This official handbook of the Federal Government contains background information, contact information, and Web addresses for Federal agencies.

World Factbook (older editions available in Tarver Library- The World Fact Book, published annually by the CIA, provides information on geography, populations, economies, political conditions, and armed forces of 267 countries, dependent areas, and other entities.

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