American politics & government: Recommended starting points

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This guide focuses on principal resources in a subfield of political science.  It is supplements the main subject guide for political science and international studies The Other political science research guides tab is a menu that connects you to related research guides for the major subfields of the discipline and for related programs in the VT School of Public & International Affairs. 

Resources listed on this page are clustered into Research starters; Background information sources; Key databases for accessing scholarly literature, Contact information for the subject librarian; and access to Additional information.

Parts of this guide are also available in related subject guides:Social data sources, News/journalism/streaming media, and Advice for searching/citing/engaging with related scholarly literatures.

Conversies and topics in the news

For overview of American politics and government

Recommended online resources

Social Sciences & History Librarian

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Bruce Pencek
Contact:
3050 Newman Library (MC 0434)
560 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office hours (academic year):
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Wed 2-4 pm,
and by appointment.
(540) 231-2140

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