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A general guide to political science resources available through the SF State Library and beyond!
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Welcome to the SF State Library's Political Science Research Guide, which provides information on resources at the J. Paul Leonard Library and on the Web in addition to suggestions on how to do political science research. 

Types of Sources

Academic writing follows a set of formal rules for format and approach.  Scholarly books and articles go through a rigorous review process.  Particularly in political writing scholarly works analyze all kinds of sources, including news sources and blogs. 

Political Science Associations

  • American Political Science Association  
    "The American Political Science Association, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries."
  • International Political Science Association  
    The International Political Science Association (IPSA), founded under the auspices of UNESCO in 1949, is an international scholarly association.
  • Western Political Science Association
    The WPSA is headquartered at California State University at Sacramento. The purpose of the Association is to promote the study and teaching of government and politics, to foster research and to facilitate the discussion of public affairs.

Research and Writing Tips

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