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American Politics and US Government Research: Home

This guide is for students researching US politics or looking for US Government resources


This research guide is designed for students doing research US politics and government. If you run into any obstacles, don't hesitate to contact me at Rosalind Tedford

Getting Started with Background Sources

Before getting started with research, it is a good idea to start with some background and context to the issues you are investigating. The sources below will help you get to that information quickly.

Finding Books

Use the main ZSR search to search Primo to locate books and other materials in Reynolds Library. To find books on US Policy Issues, search on the policy and "United States"


  1. When searching for multiple-word phrases, putting them in quotation marks really helps you get better results!
  2. When you use an * at the end of a root word, you get all possible endings to that word - i.e. econom* gives you results with economy, economic, and economics. 


  • "Gun Control" "United States"
  • Econom* Regulation United States
  • Racial Profiling United States
  • "Same Sex Marriage" 'United States"
  • Legalization marijuana United States

Scholarly Journal Articles

These databases (listed in the order of likelihood they will be useful to you) will get you to news and scholarly journal articles on public policies. Be sure to include 'United States' as a search term as many of them are international in scope.

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