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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.

Search 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

Election forecasting - United States

Campaign funds - United States - Law and Legislation

Primaries - United States - Law and Legislation


OneSearch & Library Catalogs

There are multiple ways you can search for print & electronic books at Fordham:

► OneSearch aggregates books Fordham owns plus some articles from databases. It also includes bibliographic records for content that Fordham does not own.


► Library Catalog

The new Library Catalog is still being refined.

  • At the moment, using a browser connector associated with bibliographic software like Zotero or EndNote is limited. Try ingesting bibliographic records from OneSearch or the Classic Library Catalog instead.


Classic Library Catalog

Find the Classic Library Catalog by pulling down the Collections menu > Classic Library Catalog:


WorldCat / OCLC FirstSearch

Find items outside of Fordham with WorldCat / OCLC FirstSearch, a platform searching across the largest network of library collections around the world.

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