Area studies and comparative politics: Essentials -- start here

As pursued in the United States, area studies and comparative politics traditionally have dealt with the politics of countries and global regions other than the US.

What's on this page

This guide focuses on principal research 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 background information sources; key databases for accessing scholarly literature (including a box of region-oriented databases); contact information for the subject librarian; and access to additional information formats.

Parts of this guide are also available in multiple subject guides: Social data sources, News/journalism/streaming media, Advice for searching/citing/engaging with related scholarly literatures, and Accessing library resources from off-campus.

Overviews and reference works in area studies and comparative politics

Broad-based access to the literature

Region-oriented online resources

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Bruce Pencek
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