Political Science Reference Sources

CQ Electronic Library This collection includes a lot of great resources to help you understand current and past topics in American government. Contents include:

  • Congress A-Z
  • Congress and the Nation
  • Congressional Staff Director
  • Supreme Court A-Z
  • and more...

American Government & Politics

Country & Area Studies

Reference books

  • Encyclopedia of Cuba, F1754 .E53 2003 REF
  • Governments of the World, JA61 .G645 2006 REF
  • Latin America, History & Cultures: An encyclopedia for students, F1406 .L38 1999 REF
  • The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World, JA61 .O95 2001 REF
  • The World Factbook

Online sources


Books will give you background information and an overview on what you are researching. You need this information in order to provide context.

Books at Cal State San Marcos

Library Catalog  
Search our local collection of about 250,000 books.

Other Options

Circuit (1-3 day delivery)
Search the collections of other San Diego area libraries -- about 3,000,000 books. Find and request books directly online; pick them up at our Library in 1-3 days.

WorldCat (5-10 day delivery)
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Library Databases for News

Use these databases to search across newspapers and news magazines. To access the full-text of the article, look for the Get Text button.

Database Full Text Coverage
Lexis Nexis Academic
Provides access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information.
full text 1975→current
Academic Search Premier (EbscoHost)
Our most popular database. Covers a wide array of subjects with full text for nearly 1,850 scholarly journals, including more than 1,250 peer-reviewed titles.
some + sfx 1984→current
Ethnic NewsWatch
Full-text ethnic newspapers, searchable in English or Spanish.
full text 1992→current
An important index to political, economic, and social issues in current debate.
sfx 1972→current
ProQuest Newspapers
Includes coverage of over 300 major U.S. and international newspapers, such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune.
full text 1970→current