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Political Science

Use this guide to identify print and online resources for research in United States politics and government.

Reference Sources: Finding Background Information and Overviews

Reference sources are used to locate background information on a topic. Encyclopedias, both in print and online, provide an overview of a subject as well as identify key authors and scholars who have contributed to the field. Lists of books and articles in bibliographies at the end of an encyclopedia entry are often referenced as well.  You can then use those names and titles in book catalogs and databases to learn more about the subject.

Many of our reference sources are now online and fully searchable in electronic databases. NVU students, faculty and staff have access to these titles with their NVU username and password.

NVU Libraries Reference Books

Reference Databases

Credo Reference Electronic reference books--over 500 titles.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Electronic reference books. Over 60 titles.