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Political Science: Getting Started

Subject Research Guide

Help Exploring Possible Research Topics

Hold your mouse over each resource to read a description.
Note that resources with an icon which looks like a combination lock are available to current members of the Iona community only.  If you click on any limited access resources from off campus, a box will pop up asking for your Iona username and password.


REFERENCE MATERIALS such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and directories may be especially useful at the beginning of your research. They can provide an overview and history of your topic as well as key concepts and issues. They may also give you ideas for how to narrow down a topic. Look for a bibliography or list of references at the end of a reference book article for more possible relevant material.

Please Note: Reference books cannot be taken out of the library.


Here are just a few examples of electronic political science reference books such as encyclopedias.  THESE RESOURCES MAY ALSO BE USED TO EXPLORE POSSIBLE TOPICS as well as to provide background information on already chosen topics. These electronic titles are available from on and off campus. Simply click on the title to open the reference book.  If you are off campus, a box will pop up asking you to input your Iona username and password (the same information you use when signing in to computers on campus).

Grolier Online

Grolier Online Passport

Click on this icon for access to the Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and The New Book of Knowledge.

Guides to Doing Research in Political Science

These PRINT books in Ryan Library take you step by step through the process of researching and writing political science.
They are located on the 1st floor of Ryan Library in the Reference Room.