Political Science: Get Started

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Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [A wide-angle view of marchers along the mall, showing the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument.], 08/28/1963

The Division of Political Science at Portland State University  is in the Hatfield School of Government. Programs focus on civic education that enable students to learn about a variety of issues in political science such as conflict, power, and diversity.

Whether you're looking for books, articles, or reports, you'll need to learn how to narrow and broaden your searches, and you'll need to know how to use the various tools to find these items.

This guide will help you with all of these things, but you might also consult Library DIY to brush-up on your library and research skills.

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Reference Worksfind print and online reference encyclopedias, handbooks, and more.

Find Books - find print and eBooks and learn how the library can get you books we don't have in our collection.

Find Articles - search for articles online and in print. Recommends the best resources for finding political science articles.

Find Statistics - find the best places for statistics useful for research and study of political science.

U.S. Politics - find the best places to research United States politics and elections.

International Relations & Politics - find the best resources for international relations and other nations' politics research.

Local Politics - find information about politics in Portland and the state of Oregon.

Citing Sources - Find links to help you properly cite your research.

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