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POL 270 Scope and Methods of Political Science Research: Reference Sources

The purpose of this research guide is to aid in the examination of the scope of the discipline of political science and the methodological skills used in the study of political phenomena.

Why use reference books?


Reference sources provide background information, an overview of a topic, specialized vocabulary and terminology, and critical concepts.  They're often a great starting point.  The Library has reference materials both online and in print. Want more information? 

  • Contact the Reference/Information Desk on the Main Level of Ryan Library 619.849.3227
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Citation help


EndNote is a Web-based tool for managing and citing references in papers and creating bibliographies.  EndNote has numerous citation styles including APA, MLA, Chicago (Turabian).  EndNote is available to current members of the PLNU community.  Use your 8-digit PLNU ID card number to access EndNote Web.

Reference Books

Below is an alphabetical listing of representative titles from Ryan Library's reference collection.  Click on the title to find its location in the library.  Click on the circular icon at the end of each title for more information on the book.