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Political Science

Political Science is the study of policies, processes, behavior, and institutions, which have an effect on society, and components of society.

Library Resources for Political Science

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is a single search interface that allows patrons to simultaneously search several article databases, catalogs, and other data sources for books, journal articles, videos, scores, maps, and more! This catalog is shared by members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit), a consortium of 37 academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. OneSearch contains 8.8 million titles and over 26 million resources.

What can it do?

OneSearch offers our users major advantages, such as:

  • Unifying book and journal searches
  • Streamlining Summit and Interlibrary Loan functions within the system
  • Access to millions of articles and reports that were previously unavailable

How to use OneSearch 

Watch the videos below to learn how to conduct searches in OneSearch or learn all there is to know about how to conduct effective searches in CWU's OneSearch Research Guide. If you would like further research assistance, you are also welcomed to schedule an appointment or drop in to meet with a reference librarian. On the left side of this page you'll find the contact information for your Law & Justice liaison librarian, Bridgette, though you are welcome to work with any librarian you prefer.

The American Presidency Project (APP) aims to be recognized as the authoritative, non-partisan on-line source for presidential public documents.  By providing easy access to useful information, APP seeks to promote a more informed citizenry of the United States, high quality scholarly and media analysis, and a better understanding of American democracy throughout the world.

The FOIA Electronic Reading Room is provided as a public service by the Directorate of Digital Innovation's Information Management Services. Here you can view documents released through the FOIA and other CIA release programs. If you would like to view previously released documents and collections, visit the Historical Collections page to Browse the Collections, which includes links to all collections previously found on the CREST: 25-Year Program Archive and Frequently Requested Records pages, as well as individual collections of documents on historically significant topics.

CAP collects and organizes data from archived sources to track policy outcomes across countries. CAP enables scholars, students, policy-makers and the media to investigate trends in policy-making across time and between countries. It classifies policy activities into a single, universal and consistent coding scheme. CAP monitors policy processes by tracking the actions that governments take in response to the challenges they face.

Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents ("the world's largest nongovernmental collection" according to the Los Angeles Times), leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets.

UN documents, speeches, votes, publications, and more.

A-Z Databases: Political Science

CWU offers access to numerous political science related databases. You can search all 80 of them through the above link or take a look at some of our top used databases below.

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