Political Science

Book Catalogs & E-book Databases


OneSearch is the catalog for both the John Spoor Broome (JSB) Library and all 23 California State Universities. Everything or Books and Media All CSU will allow you to search all the books and media for the 23 campuses. The Books and Media CSUI allows you to locate books, electronic books, DVDs, CDs, and other items owned by the JSB Library.


WorldCat is a library catalog that contains items from libraries worldwide. When you find an item you would like in WorldCat you will want to click on the item title to verify that California State University, Channel Islands is not one of the libraries that owns this item.  If you would like to request this item click link Request Item through Interlibrary Loan.  This is a service available only to CSUCI Students, Faculty, and Staff.


Ebrary offers access to thousands of e-books from trustworthy, academic publishers, this database provides authoritative information across the disciplines, including Language and Literature. Ebrary books can be downloaded to personal computers or devices (except Kindle) after creating a personal account and signing in. They may also be saved in PDF.


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ProQuest Newspapers

ProQuest Newspapers offers electronic access to abstracts and full-text news sources. It contains both U.S and International news sources including the New York Times, Daily Mail London, Bharat Chronicle New Delhi, The Bangkok Post, Moscow Times, and as well many others. It also offers a large selection of local U.S. newspapers. Its coverage spans from 1977 to the present. For news accounts before 1977 see Historical Los Angeles Times and Historical New York Times.


Library Resource Page for Statistics and Data

Data and Statistics Subject Guide


"Provides data-driven news based on US and world polls, daily tracking and public opinion research."


"Specializes in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information."


"Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research."

Data Repositories

Field Polls

The Field (California) Poll has operated continuously since 1947 as an independent, non-partisan, media-sponsored public opinion news service and has issued over 2,000 different reports.
During its long history, The Field Poll has acquired a national reputation as a consistently reliable and authoritative source of public opinion trends in California. News stories quoting The Field Poll appear regularly in national and state media. References to findings derived from the poll appear in hundreds of published works by scholars, political and social writers.
Field Poll data are made available to CSU users through an arrangement with UC Berkeley. These data are made available through a license to the CSU, and are not to be provided to non-CSU personnel.

ICPSR (Downloading requires you to login to ICPSR, refer to ICPSR website for login options.)

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), established in 1962, is an integral part of the infrastructure of social science research. ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. Through the CSU's membership in the ICPSR, students, faculty, and staff can download data using ICPSR Direct from on campus. Some campuses also allow off-campus access through a proxy server.
ICPSR data are made available through a license to the CSU, and are not to be provided to non-CSU personnel.

Roper Polls

Founded in 1947, the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is the leading educational facility in the field of public opinion. The Center exists to promote the intelligent, responsible and imaginative use of public opinion in addressing the problems faced by Americans and citizens of other nations. In an increasingly complex and interdependent global environment, the Roper Center hopes to foster increased international understanding and to promote cross-national research. Through the maintenance of the world's largest archive of survey data, and through its programs of publication, presentation and advanced research, the Roper Center strives to improve the practice of survey research and the use of survey data in the United States and abroad.

Assistance in accessing these Data Repositories can be received either by going to the SSRIC Web site http://www.ssric.org/ where there are several helpful hints for getting to the data you are seeking. You may also try calling Steve Stratton at 437 8913 or emailing him at stephen.stratton@csuci.edu and he will attempt to be of help in the matter.


Political Science Databases

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Academic Search

Academic SearchTM Premier contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,300 journals, with full text for more than 4,500 of those titles. This database contains coverage across the disciplines including biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, history, religion & theology, and many more.

International Political Science Abstracts

International Political Science Abstracts includes abstracts from the world's leading political science journals.  Its has over a 1,000 journals from 1951 to present day.

American: History and Life

America: History and Life covers the history and culture for the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Over 1,700 journals have been index from 1964 to the present.

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher offers original, in-depth, and unbiased coverage on issues in the news including health, social trends, and international affairs. Each theme is researched and written by seasoned journalists. The reports includes overviews, background, and a current assessment of the situation.

CQ Weekly

CQ Weekly offers in-depth reports on the weekly activities and major issues facing congress. It also offers a complete wrap-up of the week's events including bill status, committee meetings, the floor's activities, and more.  It is fully archived back to 1983.


JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. JSTOR is a historical archive and does not include items published with the last 3-5 years.

SIRS Researcher

SIRS Researcher looks at the top social issues of today and examines both sides of the issue.  Current and ongoing social issues are covered in full-text articles, multimedia, primary sources, and government documents.  Also included are reference materials from national and international sources.


GOP covers all categories of U.S. government documents including Congressional documents and executive departments.  Its coverage includes 1976  to the present.

American National Biography

American National Biography presents biographies on more than 17,400 men and women who, from every era and all walks of life, helped to shape the nation.

Social Explorer
Social Explorer online research tool used to track U.S. demographic and social change. Access and create interactive maps, reports, presentations and graphics based on U.S. Census data from 1790 to the present.

Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews provides reviews written by leading scientist on 37 disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences

Federal Government Sites


Bureau of Labor Statistics

The White House

U.S. Department of State

Supreme Court of the United States


United States Department of Defense

United States Department of Justice

National Security Agency

Federal: Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet

Library of Congress

US Census Bureau Statistical Abstract

US Census Bureau

FDsys GPO's Federal Digital System

(free access to offcial publications from all branches of Federal Government)


California State Government Sites

State of California

California State Senate

California State Assembly

California State Legislature

California Office of Governor

California State Supreme Court

State: Official California Legislative Information


Local Government

County of Ventura

City of Ventura

City of Camarillo

City of Oxnard

City of Thousand Oaks

United States Capital

United States House of Representatives

United States Senate

International Resources


International Development Research Centre is a source for issues of international development.

WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources

The WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is a site with links to resources on Africa. 

ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library offers links to sources on Asia.


Latin American Network Information Center offers links to sources on Latin America

World Bank

"The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We help governments in developing countries reduce poverty by providing them with money and technical expertise they need for a wide range of projects."

World Health Organization--WHO

"WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards,... and monitoring and assessing health trends."

World Trade Organization--WTO

"WTO is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business."

Refugees International

Advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.

United Nation Resources

United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.


Statistical database

United Nations Treaty Collection Database

UN Yearbook

"The Yearbook is the principle reference work on the United Nations and provides a detailed overview of the Organization's concerns and activities."

International Government Organizations

European Union

African Union

Association of Southeast Asian Nations


Help Citing

Need more help?

Stop by the library to look at:

MLA Handbook

Ref LB 2369.G53

The Chicago Manual of Style

Ref Z253 .U69 2010

Publication Manual of the American Pyschological Association

Ref BF76.7 .P83 2010

A Manual for Writers of Term Paper Thesis, and Dissertations (Turabian)

Ref LB2369 .T8 2013


Also see the library "need to cite" page for a guide for assembling your work cited in your paper.

Visit the Writing and Multiliteracy Center and take advantage of their services.

Academic Dishonesty

What is academic dishonesty?


What happens if I get caught plagiarizing?


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Evaluating Internet Sources

Not all information is equally valuable. Retrieved information, whether from a print or non-print sources, must be carefully examined to determine its usefulness and quality. As the World Wide Web becomes more popular as a source of information for assignments and research papers, it is important to be able to select and critically evaluate the sites you visit.



  1. Is the format/medium of the information useful for your assignment?
  2. If you need primary sources, is this a primary source?
  3. Is the information comprehensive enough for your needs?
  4. Does the information express a particular point of view?
  5. Is the information directed toward a general (vs. a specialized) audience?


  1. Is there an indication of when the information was created/published?
  2. Is the information regularly updated?
  3. Is the information still valid for your topic?


  1. Is there information on the author/producer of the source?
  2. Is there information on author/producer’s credentials?
  3. Does the information come from an “authoritative” source?
  4. Is there contact information (e.g. email address for author/producer)?


  1. Does the information source cover the topic extensively?
  2. Is the information abridged (e.g. table of contents/summary only)?
  3. Is full-text information available only to subscribers?


  1. Is the information presented as fact (vs. opinion)?
  2. If the information is presented as fact, can it be assessed for accuracy (i.e. are there footnotes or references)?
  3. Does the information appear to be biased?


  1. Is the page layout visually pleasing?
  2. Are the buttons or icons easy to understand?
  3. Are the hot links provided to additional information?
  4. Do the images enhance the information?
  5. Is the load/response time acceptable?

Help Citing Images

Citing Images

For help with citing images (art, photographs, paintings, etc.) see the University of Cincinnati citing images resource guide.

Political Parties

 Copyright ContentNext Media Inc

Democratic Party               Republican Party

Green Party                       Libertarian Party

Reform Party                    

Political Satire & Humor

The Onion


The Colbert Report



Conservative Sites

Drudge Report                        Michelle Malkin

National Review Online            TownHall

Weekly Standard                    Heritage Foundation

Liberal Sites

Daily Kos                           Huffington Post

LiberalOasis                       MoveOn.Org

The Nation                         Politico

Nonpartisan Sites


"Independent political web site culls and publishes the best commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources from all points of the political compass and covering all the important issues of the day"


Monitors "the factual accuracy of what is said by Major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.... to increae public knowledge and understanding."

Project Vote Smart

Offers 'backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected offices to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations of them generated by over 100 competing special interest groups."

Judicial Watch

"Conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation's public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people."



The American Political Science Association

"The American Political Science Association, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics."

Western Political Science Association

"The purpose of the Association is to promote the study and teaching of government and politics, to foster research and to facilitate the discussion of public affairs. The official region of the WPSA includes both the western states of the United States and the western provinces of Canada."

MidWest Political Science Association(MPSA)

"The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) was founded in 1939 and is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all areas of political science. The purposes of the MPSA are to promote the professional study and teaching of political science, to facilitate communications between those engaged in such study, and to develop standards for and encourage research in theoretical and practical political problems."

International Association for Political Science Students

"International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is a platform for political science students and students interested in political science issues. The Association is international, politically independent, non-profit and student-run, and aims to have global impact in the political science sphere. ... IAPSS is striving to give its members a sense of responsibility concerning their role in creating an improved political and social environment, as well as the skills and knowledge necessary to act in this direction. It does so by organizing seminars, conferences, round tables and debates; by regularly creating and distributing academic and opinion publications".

International Political Science Association

"IPSA was founded in Paris in 1949 under the aegis of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).The special mandate of IPSA, expressed in its Constitution, is to support the development of political science in all parts of the world, building academic networks linking East and West, North and South. Its aim is to create an inclusive and global political science community in which all can participate. It seeks to promote collaboration between scholars in emerging and established democracies and to support the academic freedoms needed for the social sciences to flourish."

Additional Resources

ISA Directory of Internet Resources

International Studies Association directory of internet resources.

American National Biography

"The landmark American National Biography offers portraits of more than 18,700 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the nation. More than a decade in preparation, the American National Biography is the first biographical resource of this scope to be published in more than sixty years."


Center for American Women in Politics

"Leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women's political participation". Provided by Ealeton Institute of Politics at Rutgers. 

Country Profile

Global Road Warrior

"World Trade Press is a publishing and information products company dedicated to providing reliable, up-to-date digital media essential for researchers, educators, travelers, and logistics and international trade professionals."

CIA-The World Factbook

"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map."

TV News Sources


Fox News




Political Movement

Tea Party

"Tea Party Patriots is a national grassroots organization that provides logistical, educational, networking and other types of support to over 1000 community based tea party groups around the country. Tea Party Patriots national coordinators understand that we are mere servants to the grassroots groups. We understand that we do not set the course for our member groups, as they have developed their own vision and plan for how to address the local and national challenges that they are facing."

Progressive Democrats of America

"Progressive Democrats of America was founded in 2004 to transform the Democratic Party and our country. We seek to build a party and government controlled by citizens, not corporate elites—with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just private interests. As a grassroots PAC operating inside the Democratic Party, and outside in movements for peace and justice.... Our inside/outside strategy is guided by the belief that a lasting majority will require a revitalized Democratic Party built on firm progressive principles"

American Conservative Union

"ACU represents the views of Americans who are concerned with economic growth through lower taxes and reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and national security. As America's conservative voice, ACU is the leading entity in providing conservative positions on issues to Congress, Administration Officials, State Governments, the media, political candidates and the public."

Archives & Presidental Libraries

California State University Channel Islands University Archives

The archives offers access to the Federal and State papers of former Congressman and State Senator Robert J. Lagomarsino.

National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper.

Herbert Hoover Library

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Harry S. Truman Library

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

John F. Kennedy Library

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Richard Nixon Library

Gerald R. Ford Library

Jimmy Carter Library

Ronald Reagan Library

George H. W. Bush Library

William J. Clinton Library

George W. Bush Library