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Politics Research Guide

An annotated guide to both free and restricted resources for research in political science for Princeton University students, faculty, and researchers

Sample Catalog Searches

Take a look at subject headings for ideas to extend or narrow your search. Put phrases in quotes, and use truncation (an asterisk * in the Catalog) to search for alternative endings and spellings of words (e.g., iraq terror* will pick up terror, terrorism, terrorist, etc., while labo*r Britain politics will get results for both labor and labour).

Also, try narrowing your searches by combining key terms with a country name or region, like "civil war" sudan or "race relations" europe.

Princeton owns millions of items, but keep in mind that the library can also get you books from around the world. You can search the collections of Ivy League libraries through Borrow Direct or libraries throughout the world using

Search the Library Catalog

Search for political science articles

Search Articles+ for peer-reviewed articles in political science

Searching think tanks and other NGO/civil society organization publications can be a very helpful complement to scholarly publications:

Harvard Think Tank search engine

Policy Commons


Easier Access to Article PDFs

Searching Articles+ is a great way to get directly to the full text of journal articles and ebooks we have access to. For even easier access (especially when you're off-campus), install the Library's new tool:

LibKey Nomad browser extension: LibKey Nomad icon

It provides one-click access to journal articles from scholarly and publisher websites, Wikipedia, PubMed, and more.