Emory University Library
Library Resources for Political Science
My name is Chris Palazzolo and I am the social sciences librarian at Woodruff Library at Emory University. I serve as a link between the Department of Political Science (as well as to Economics) and the Woodruff Library in terms of instruction (both graduate and undergraduate), reference/consultation, and collections. I am writing to provide you with a few details as to the numerous services and resources Emory holds, with a special emphasis on political science and more broadly, the social sciences. As a PhD in the Department of Political Science as well as a former Woodruff Library fellow, I possess significant expertise in political science and general social science resources and research.
Woodruff Library's principal objective is to support your research needs by integrating traditional library resources with emergent and developing research technologies and collection. Therefore, not only does one have access to an impressive print collection, but also to state-of-the-art technological applications and assistance.
As you begin your political science and international studies coursework, here are some resource tips for you!
I also encourage you to visit the current subject and course guides that have been created for political science: Go to http://guides.main.library.emory.edu/ and search for political science.
To start off your research, consider using a reference source such as the Oxford Handbooks in Political Science or Annual Reviews in Political Science (the latter are more advanced in terms of content and analysis). These are great tools for locating foundational research, current research, and ongoing research questions in the field.
DiscoverE is your essential tool for determining what Emory owns in print or digitally. Don't forget to use the virtual browse feature in the catalog to see what other titles might be of interest or relevance to your research topic). You can also just go up to the Stacks and browse up there!
The most widely used resources for journal content in political science are:
- Political Science Complete (search along with Econlit through the "choose databases" option)
- Social Science Full Text
- Google Scholar (NB: Under "Settings," be sure to click on "Library Links," and enter in Emory so that you can access subscribed resources).
If you need some relatively quick political, economic, or social data, please consider the following:
For more advanced data requests, please consider Data Services, housed in the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.
We also have an Area and International Studies team that can assist with more specific resources of potential interest, including the Bibliography of Asian Studies, Index Islamicus, and the Central and East European Online Library (CEEOL). We also have access to signficant works in the vernacular.
Other cool resources of interest to political science that which you should you take advantage of:
- Economist Intelligence Unit; the regular newsmagazine is here.
- OECD iLibrary
- World Bank eLibrary
- Westlaw Campus Research