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Political Science: Finding Books

This guide will help you find the best print and electronic tools for researching American and International subjects in Political Science.

Searching Tips

Recommended strategies for searching the catalog.

Politics and Government

Some Library of Congress classifications for Political Science:

J - General Legislative Papers

JA - Political Science

JC - Political Theory

JZ - International Relations

Searching by subject means you must use the correct subject heading assigned to the book. If you aren't sure of the subject heading, do a keyword search instead and you will find the right subject headings in the catalog record of each book. Use advanced search to limit your search to certain time periods or types of materials. 

Subject Headings for Presidential Elections

Presidents -  [subdivide geographically] - Election - [subdivide by date]

Example: Presidents - United States - Election - 2016

Subject Headings for some issues related to elections and voting

Women presidential candidates - United States

Clinton, Hillary Rodham

Election forecasting - United States

Campaign funds - United States - Law and Legislation

Primaries - United States - Law and Legislation


Fordham Library Catalog

Search catalog for books, ebooks, periodicals, government documents, videos, maps etc. held by Fordham at all campuses.


WorldCat is a global catalog of library collections containing over 46 million records from libraries in over 65 countries.  Within its individual item records, WorldCat offers a direct link to our Interlibrary Loan service and will automatically fill out ILL's electronic request form for non-Fordham books and videos of interest to you; you then need only submit your request for that item and, depending on its availability, our ILL Department will make every effort to obtain it for you from a partner lending institution.  

***Please note this Covid-19 update on the ILL Login page.

Google Books

Google Books contains over 15 millions scanned books.  Books can be viewed in 1 of 4 ways depending on their status: full text pdf for books out of copyright or with publisher's permission; limited preview of pages (sometimes quite extensive); snippet (a few sentences that include your search terms); or no preview.  Bibliographic information is provided for each book including links to reviews, author info, web references, and related books.

Use Advanced Search for best results.  Try it!

Google Book Search