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Political Science & Public Policy: Welcome!

This guide is geared toward explaining and understanding politics and public policy

Welcome to Your Resources!

Your research librarian has put together a guide for your assignment needs. This guide will be helpful when finding information for your presentation.

We have already reviewed your topics and you can find valid, accurate, and credible sources for a variety of topics in the resources we've listed on this guide.

Remember that your research and presentations will be viewed by instructors and peers who are expecting to see academic resources, and not just information you found using Google which are questionable and often times may lack credibility or factual correctness.

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find print and ebook resources on your topic. 

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find articles of information for your topic. There are multiple databases you can use, and you should them as they cover varied aspects of your topic. You'll also be able to find information about your profession, art, culture, and gender.

3) Find Reference/Background Information

When in doubt about your topic use these resources to find general information; encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks 

4) Find Images

If you need to have images for your presentation, there are very good resources to help you find ones that visually represent your topic.

5) Schedule an Appointment

Here's where you can schedule your group to meet with a Research Consultant at the Library.

Subject Headings

  • Cabinet systems
  • Citizenship
  • Congress
  • Bureaucracy 
  • Elections
  • Legislators United States
  • Political behavior
  • Political campaigns
  • Political ethics
  • Political participation
  • Political parties
  • Political philosophy
  • Political science
  • Politics, practical
  • Public opinion
  • Speeches Addresses etc.
  • State, the
  • United States Politics and Government

InterLibrary Loan

If the library does not own an item you need for research, teaching or study, you may request it through the InterLibrary Loan service. This free service allows user to borrow materials from other libraries and pick them up at the first-floor Access Service desk. 

Previous users can make a loan request by clicking on the link here: InterLibrary Loan service, and follow the following steps:

  • Click the “set/reset” password link
  • Identify a piece of information that was used in your patron load (barcode) 
  • Click “Request new password.” An email will be sent to the address on file for you with instructions and a link to set your password

For any questions about InterLibrary Loan, please contact the ILL supervisor by email at or by telephone at: (757) 823-2426.

If you have never used the Interlibrary Loan service you must first register as a First Time User. 


Collection Range

 J 1-981

General legislative and executive papers

 JA 1-92

Political science (General)

 JC 11-605

Political theory

JF 20-2112

Political institutions and public administration

 JJ 1000-1019

Political institutions and public administration (North America)

 JK 1-9993

Political institutions and public administration (United States)

 JL 1-3899

Political institutions and public administration (Canada, Latin America, etc.)

 JN 1-9689

Political institutions and public administration (Europe)

 JQ 21-6651

Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)

 JS 39-8500

Local government. Municipal government

 JV 1-9480

Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration

 JZ 5-6530

International relations

 KZ 2-6795

Law of nations

Liaison Librarian

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Marlene Ballou
Lyman Beecher Brooks Library
700 Park Ave
Norfolk, VA 23504
Office: 757-823-2428