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This guide will assist you in finding books, e-books, scholarly journal articles, streaming videos, websites, and more that will help you research topics in this subject.

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PS 101 - Introduction to Political Science 

     "Institutions and principles of government utilizing the American experience at the national, state and local levels are examined. This course also includes a study of international organizations and global interrelationships." ~ SC4 Catalog

Political Science is defined as:

     "A social science focused on the study of politics, the state and government, and political behavior. Political science has its roots in the work of Plato and Aristotle, and draws on numerous fields, overlapping with most of the social sciences."


Political science. (2015). In J. Mcray (Ed.), Leadership glossary: Essential terms for the 21st century. Santa Barbara, CA: Mission Bell Media.

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By The People: Debating American Government

By The People, Brief Third Edition, reflects the dynamism of American government and politics with new teaching and learning tools that prepare students to ENGAGE, THINK, and DEBATE now more than ever before. In a storytelling approach that weaves contemporary examples together with historical context, By the People: Debating American Government, Brief Third Edition, explores the themes and ideas that drive the great debates in American government and politics. It introduces students to big questions like Who governs? How does our system of government work? What does government do? and Who are we? By challenging students with these questions, the text gets them to think about, engage with, and debate the merits of U.S. government and politics.

For use in PS 101 classes. Copy available for in-library use only.

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Political Science Complete Database

Full-text database covers political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse.

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How a Law Is Passed

For a piece of legislation to become an official law in the United States, it must first undergo a long and complex process involving two branches of the government: the legislative and the executive. ""How a Law Is Passed"" puts students right where the law-making action is by tracking the progress of laws, from proposals in Congress, through debates in the House of Representatives and the Senate, to approval by the president. Readers will also be hooked by this book's lively full-color photographs, detailed narrative, informative sidebars, and concise glossary.

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Political Science 101 Research Guide

This library research guide provides an introduction to resources related to Political Science 101 courses.

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The U. S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction

Many scholars believe that the framers of the Constitution intended Congress to be the preeminent branch of government. Indeed, no other legislature in the world approaches its power. Yet most Americans have only a murky idea of how it works. In The U.S. Congress, Donald A. Ritchie, a congressional historian for more than thirty years, takes readers on a fascinating, behind-the-scenes tour of Capitol Hil l- pointing out the key players, explaining their behavior, and translating parliamentary language into plain English. No mere civics lesson, this eye-opening book provides an insider's perspective on Congress, matched with a professional historian's analytical insight. After a swift survey of the creation of Congress by the constitutional convention, he begins to unscrew the nuts and pull out the bolts. What is it like tocampaign for congress? To attract large donors? To enter either house with no seniority? He answers these questions and more, explaining committee assignments (and committee work), the role of staffers and lobbyists, floor proceedings, parliamentary rules, and coalition building.

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Framework for Democracy Series

Framework for Democracy probes concepts that are basic to an introductory course in American government. The 26 half-hour videos provide a comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of core topics. Compelling interviews and case studies on a range of issues, both historic and contemporary, encourage learners to think about and debate the many questions and challenges confronting our democracy.

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