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Political Science: Reference Sources

Reference Sources

This page lists encyclopedias and dictionaries that cover the discipline of political science generally.
An encyclopedia article or dictionary entry can give you a broad overview of your topic.
Articles like these can help you to identify key concepts, to define key terms, and to discover who has done important work on your topic. 
They often also include bibliographies to guide your further reading.


See also topical encyclopedias & dictionaries under other tabs on this research guide. 

An article in a political science handbook or guide can provide an extensive introduction to a wide range of topics. 
Look here for chapter-length overviews of your topic, for a more in-depth introduction to the concepts, terms, and work done on your topic.  These articles can also include bibliographies to guide your further reading.

Political handbook of the world
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1975-
- Information and data on countries and territories of the world, including government bodies, major and minor political parties, and political history, plus profiles of intergovernmental organizations.
- Main Library JF37 .P762
- Latest issue at Ref JF37 .P762

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