Subject Guides: Political Science

Core Databases

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
Full text of working papers, policy briefs, conference proceedings, journal articles and more in the area of international affairs theory and research. information about this database

Citations from scholarly journals, gray literature, government publications, and more from 120 countries on political, economic, social and public policy issues.  information about this database

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Indexes international serials literature in political science and complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy.

Other Recommended Databases

Search Central: Political Science
Search Central is a federated search engine for searching across Trexler Library's electronic resources from one simple interface. With this single search, you are combing through major Political Science databases all at once. The results are presented in a consolidated list. Additional options allow you to list results by topic and show you which databases hold your search results.

Academic Search Premier
Full text access to scholarly and non-scholarly publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. information about this database

America History & Life
The definitive database for U.S. and Canadian history, indexing journals, books, and dissertations. information about this database

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
Indexes journals in sociology, psychology, political science, health, social work, education, and more.

EconLit (Economic Literature)
Index to scholarly publications in economics. Especially useful for research on a country's economic policies, development issues, and trade.

Historical Abstracts
Index to historical literature for all regions excluding the U.S. and Canada, 1450-present. information about this database

Full text of scholarly journals from most academic disciplines. Coverage is from the inception of the journal through three to five years ago. information about this database

A database with some full text articles covering various academic subjects including general sciences, humanities, social sciences, and business. information about this database

News Databases

LexisNexis Academic
Full text of thousands of newspapers, magazines, broadcast transcripts, business publications, legal materials, and more. information about this database

Newspaper Source
Full text of regional and national U.S. newspapers, as well as international newspapers. information about this database

Library Catalogs

Trexler Library Catalog
To search for items held at Trexler Library, use the Trexler Library Catalog. Items listed in the catalog include books, journals, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, audiobooks, government documents, and more.

Search catalogs from libraries across the country and around the globe.  Items owned by Trexler Library show a Muhlenberg College Library icon.  Request items not owned by Trexler Library directly through WorldCat using the ILL (Interlibrary Loan) button. Items generally take 2-10 days to arrive.

Online Reference Sources

Annual Review of Political Science
Summary and analysis of research in the field of political science, published annually. Good for an overview of the current state of research on a given topic.

Countries and their Cultures (2004)
Focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information. Print version (2001) also available in the Trexler Library Reference Collection at 306.03 E53c v.1-4.

Credo Reference Online
Provides access to a collection of aggregated and integrated reference books from high-quality publishers.

Print Reference Sources

Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas (2nd ed., 2002)
Call Number: 327.73003 E56o v.1-3

Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections (2006)
Call Number: 324.273 S113e

Europa World Year Book
Call Number: Ready Reference 341.1 E8
The current year is available in Ready Reference.  Earlier editions (1966-) are available in the Main Collection at the same call number.

Political Handbook of the World
Call Number: Ready Reference 329 P769
The current year is available in Ready Reference.  Earlier editions (1928-) are available in the Main Collection at the same call number.

Statistical Sources

American Factfinder
An interactive, searchable database from the US Census Bureau with population, housing, and business statistics at the country, state, county, city, and zip code levels.

Gateway to statistics from U.S. Federal agencies.

Historical Statistics of the United States
Statistics from colonial times to modern day covering population, work and welfare, economic structure and performance, economic sectors, and governance and international relations.

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)
ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.  Full access available only to Muhlenberg faculty, students, and staff who create accounts using their Muhlenberg email addresses.

Intute: Statistics and Data
Directory of high quality web content related to statistics and data.  All sources are selected and annotated by subject specialists.

ProQuest Statistical Insight
Statistical information produced by U.S. federal agencies, states, and intergovernmental organizations.  (Previously known as LexisNexis Statistical.) information about this database

Statistical Abstract of the United States
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.  Archived editions (1995- ) are available online, as well.   Old print editions (1886- ) are in the Trexler Library Government Documents section starting at C 3.134:886.  The most current print edition is in the Trexler Library Statistics Reference section at 317.3 U58s.

Government Information

Documents Center (University of Michigan Library)
The Documents Center is a central reference and referral point for government information, whether local, state, federal, foreign or international. Its web pages are a reference and instructional tool for government, political science, statistical data, and news.

ProQuest Congressional
Information on the U.S. legislature, including full text of bills from 1989 on, public laws from 1988 on, committee reports from 1990 on, House and Senate documents from 1995 on, Congressional Record from 1985 on, Federal Register from 1980 on, and more government information.  (Previously known as LexisNexis Congressional.)   information about this database


CIA World Factbook
A standard source for current data on countries of the world.

International Center for Research on Women
"ICRW is a global research institute with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and New Delhi, India. [...] ICRW is comprised of social scientists, economists, public health specialists and demographers, all of whom are experts in gender relations."  Use the Publications tab to navigate to the ICRW Library to access "reports, policy briefs, toolkits and position papers on a range of topics for researchers, policymakers, program implementers and others."

Intute: Government Policy
Directory of high quality web content related to government policy.  All sources are selected and annotated by subject specialists.

Intute: Law
Directory of high quality web content related to law.  All sources are selected and annotated by subject specialists.

Intute: Politics
Directory of high quality web content related to politics.  All sources are selected and annotated by subject specialists.

Political Science Resources on the Web (University of Michigan Library)
Collection of websites on a wide variety of topics related to political science.

World Legal Information Institute: Countries
Information on law worldwide, organized by country.

Other Items of Interest

Interlibrary Loan
The Interlibrary Loan Office service provides access to materials not owned by Muhlenberg College. Interlibrary loan service supports the study and research needs of Muhlenberg College students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and some affiliates.

Ulrichs Web Periodicals Directory
Provides information on journals and magazines, including if a journal is peer-reviewed, reviews, bibliographic information, and more.

Citation Tools

Citation Guides
Find information on a variety of citation styles.

Zotero is a "free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources."  Download and learn more from  Additional step-by-step instructions are available at