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Political Science 385: State Politics and Policy

To assist students with their semester projects.

Searching Tips

For general titles on particular states and their political environment and context, try a search in DiscoverE such as:

  • politics and government [+state]
    • ​Here is a canned search for California.  You can also manipulate this search by change the terms in the query.

Woodruff Library has actively been collecting and adding text books and scholarly studies of state politics.  Textbooks are often a popular place to acquire basic information on the legislative and executive policy making process and context of each state over time.  We recently acquired many new state-specific titles, and more are on order (including new editions of existing texts).  Be sure to use bibliographies as necessary in these titles to further your research and build your references.  You may also need to use interlibrary loan for some titles.  Check for availability of titles via worldcat.

NOTE as well that in many cases there will be edited volumes that have chapters dedicated to specific states or geographical regions of the U.S.  In many cases, the library's catalog includes and incorporates tables of contents for said volumes.  With that said, just type in your state and politics in the searchbox.