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Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 329

The resources listed below are merely starting points. The library can provide many more resources specific to a particular topic area, as well as subject guides in Political Science and International Studies. Most of the electronic resources listed below are library databases and e-journals accessible from the Libraries’ homepage at


Library Catalog

LibCat, the TAMU Libraries' online catalog includes the materials (books, journals, videos, documents and other materials) that the Libraries hold. If we do not own what you need, you can request specific materials (books, journal articles, book chapters, etc.) via deliverEdocs (Look for the deliverEdocs icon on the Libraries' homepage).

A Note About Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):
Here are some starting points for searching by subject in LibCator any other library catalog using LCSHs. For the more general subjects listed below keep in mind they may have further subdivisions by country, geographical region, or more narrow topics (e.g., Terrorism -United States, Terrorism -Middle East, Terrorism -Prevention). When searching in the catalog for subject headings do not use the dash.

General Subject Areas
This first grouping deals with general subject areas related to your research.

Databases/Indexes to Articles and Reviews

You can browse through specific issues of e-journals to find articles but the most efficient way to find journal articles is to use a database or index. The databases listed below will help get you started in your search for articles. Additional databases can be accessed using the E-Resource Locator and/or the Browse E-Resources by Subject tools.

Academic Search Complete via EbscoHost provides the full-text of almost 3200 scholarly publications in social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.

*Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. Teaching materials include original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features like the analysis of a bin Laden recruitment tape with video.

PAIS (Public Affairs Information System) International is a collection of citations and abstracts covering journals, books, public documents, web sites, and policy reports relating to domestic and international policy issues published from 1972 to the present. Topics covered include economic, political, and social issues, business, finance, law, international trade and relations, public administration, government, political science, and any topics that are or might become the subject of legislation. More than 1,600 journals and over 8,000 monographs are indexed each year. Coverage includes documents published worldwide in any of six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The subject headings and abstracts are in English.

Political Science Abstracts via CSA provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration/policy. Major areas of coverage include international relations/trade, comparative politics, developing nations, etc.

*U.S. State Departments Background Notes include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.

*World Almanac (OCLC) provides data on all countries of the world covering from 1938 through 2007.

*World Development Indicators provides over 500 indicators of economic development in terms of people, the environment, the economy and the world markets. Data spans 40 years and covers 208 countries

*World Factbook (CIA) includes information about the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues of various countries around the world

Selected Reference Books

Countries of the world and their leaders yearbook. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Co., 1980-.

  • Evans Library: 2007
  • Policy Sciences & Economics Library: 2006

European marketing data and statistics. London: European Research Consultants Ltd., 1962-.

  • Evans Library: 2005-2006
  • Policy Sciences & Economics Library: 2004
  • West Campus Library: 2007

Statistical abstract of Latin America. Los Angeles. University of California, Center of Latin American Studies, 1955-.

  • Evans Library: 1923-2007
  • Policy Sciences & Economics Library: 2006-2007
  • West Campus Library: 2006-2007

Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific / United Nations = Annuaire statistique pour l’Asie et le Pacifique / Nations Uniés. Bangkok, Thailand: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 1973-.

  • Evans Library: 2002
  • Policy Sciences & Economics Library: 2002
  • West Campus Library: 2001

The World almanac and book of facts. New York: Press Pub. Co. (The New York World), 1923- .

  • Evans Library: 2003
  • Policy Sciences & Economics Library: 2001-2002
  • West Campus Library: 2004

The world factbook (Handbook of the Nations). Detroit, Mich.: Grand River Books, 1981-.

  • Evans Library: 2002
  • Policy Sciences & Economics Library: 2001

Scholarly Journals

There are thousands of journals available online through the Texas A&M University Libraries. All the Libraries’ e-journals are accessible via the Libraries’ new E-Resource Locator and via LibCat. If the journal you are looking for is not available electronically, you may request the article you need through deliverEdocs.

Starting Points...

Comparative Politics
The Journal of Comparative Politics is an international journal that publishes scholarly articles devoted to the comparative analysis of political institutions and behavior. It was founded in 1968 to further the development of comparative political theory and the application of comparative theoretical analysis to the empirical investigation of political issues.

International Affairs
International Affairs is Britain's leading journal of international relations. Founded by and edited at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, it publishes articles, all refereed, about European policy and global policy issues. Also, International Affairs has an extensive book reviews section, containing up to 100 reviews each quarter, written by experts in the field.

International Studies Quarterly
Contributions to International Studies Quarterly come from a wide range of intellectual traditions, and cover both theoretical and policy-oriented research on foreign policy, comparative politics, and international affairs. Its articles address important questions and controversies concerning international, cross-national, or trans-national phenomena.

World Politics
Since 1948, World Politics has published analytical and theoretical articles, review articles, and research notes in international relations, comparative politics, political theory, foreign policy, and modernization. It does not publish strictly historical material, articles on current affairs, policy pieces, or narratives of a journalistic nature. In 2001, World Politics was listed as the most cited journal in International Relations in the 2000 ISI Journals Citation Report.

Other Journals...

is a unique database containing the complete digital backfiles of core scholarly journals, starting with the very first issue. New titles and fields are being added constantly. Topics include political science, conflict resolution, international studies. Note: Usually JSTOR does not have the most recent issues of journals because of publisher restrictions.

You can search the E-Resource Locator and LibCat to check for additional journal titles. If the Libraries do not own what you are looking for, or you would like a digital copy (PDF file) of a specific article from a print journal we do own, you can request these for free using TAMU Libraries’ deliverEdocs (Interlibrary Services).

Selected Web Sites

Evaluating Information Sources

Think before you click and print! The library has some handouts to help you critically evaluate the information you find on web sites (or any type of information resource). Remember, anyone can publish anything on the Web.

Special Services

For assistance online, AskNow: Live Chat with a Librarian is available to help.

There are Course Reserve materials available for BUSH 622. 

Interlibrary Loan via deliverEdocs: Use this to order journal articles not available online.

Visit the TAMU Libraries' Distance Education Services web site for more information about the special services offered to TAMU Distance Education Students.

Research Assistance

If you need additional assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact

Wendi Arant Kaspar
Associate Professor
Policy Sciences & Economics Library
Tel: 979-862-6310

Gail P. Macmillan
Policy Sciences Lecturer
Policy Sciences & Economics Library
Tel: 979-862-3544