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This list is highly selective For more subject—specific, genre—specific, title—specific, or author-specific resources, see a staff member at the reference desk for assistance In many cases, reference works with similar topics are shelved in the same area

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Times Atlas of the World 10th comprehensive ed. New York: Times Books.
G 1019 .T52 1999 Reference
Atlas of the world 10th ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
G 1021 .A7545 2002 Reference
Hammond Atlas of the World Maplewood, NJ: Hammond.
G 1021 .H2665 1995 Reference


Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science: A User’s Guide to its Terms Bealy, Frank. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
JA 61 .B43 1999 Reference
Brewer’s Politics: a Phrase and Fable Dictionary Comfort, Nicholas. London: Cassell. Lists acronyms, phrases and concepts and puts these in context. Useful for finding alternative terms when doing computerized searching on the electronic databases.
HA 61 .C65 1993 Reference
A Dictionary of Twentieth Century History: 1914—1990 Teed, Peter. Oxford: Oxford UP. A good for locating events and learning about their significance.
D 419 .T44 1992 Reference
The Dictionary of 20th—Century World Politics Shafritz, Jay Met al. New York: H. Holt.
JA 61 .S53 1993 Reference
Dictionary of World Politics: a Reference Guide to Concepts, Ideas, and Institutions Evans, Graham & Jeffrey Newnham. New York: Simon & Schuster.
JA 61 .E85 1990 Reference
Dictionary of Modern Politics Robertson, David. London: Europa. Guide to the complex, ideology and terminology in the world of politics.
JA 61 .R63 2002 Reference
Routledge Dictionary of Twentieth—century Political Thinkers 2nd ed. Eds. Robert Benewick and Philip Green. London; New York: Routledge.
JA 83 .R725 1998 Reference
A Glossary of Political Theory Hoffman, John.
JA65.64 2007 Reference
International Relations: A Political Dictionary Ziring, Lawrence et al. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC—CLIO. Terms, concepts, events and facts discussed in terms of their political and historical significance.
JX 1226 .P55 1995 Reference
Safire’s New Political Dictionary: The Definitive Guide to the New Language of Politics Safire, William. New York: Random House.
JK 9 .S2 1993 Reference


International Who’s Who London: Europa Publications.
CT 120 .I5 2004 Reference (previous 5 years in stacks)
Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Modern Political Biography Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
D 412.6 .H88 1999 Reference
Encyclopedia of the Cold War Arms, Thomas S. New York: Facts on File.
D843 .A64 1994 Reference
Native America in the Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia Ed. Mary B. Davis. New York: Garland.
E 76.2 .N36 1996 Reference
Encyclopedia of American Political History Eds. Paul Finkelman & Peter Wallenstein. Washington, DC: QC Press.
E 183 .E495 2001 Reference
The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Science Ed. Vernon Bogdanor. Oxford: Blackwell. Guide to the central concepts used in the study of western political systems and organizations.
JA 61 .B56 1991 Reference
Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought Ed. David Miller. Oxford; New York: B. Blackwell. Summarizes major ideas and doctrines of contemporary and historical influence in western political traditions.
JA 61 .B57 Reference
Canadian Encyclopedia Important source for Canadian subjects. The online version is the most up to date.
A dictionary of modern politics Robertson, David. London: Europe.
JA 61 .R63 2002 Reference
Encyclopedia of Government and Politics Eds. Mary Hawkesworth and Maurice Kogan. London; New York: Routledge.
JA 61 .C66 2004 Reference
Encyclopedia of Democracy Ed. Seymour Martin Lipset. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly.
JC423 .E53 1995 Reference
Encyclopedia of Democratic Thought Eds. Paul Barry Clarke and Joe Foweraker. New York: Routledge.
JC423 .E54 2001 Reference
The Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America Eds. David Schultz & John R. Vile. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference.
JC599 .U5 E53
Encyclopedia of world political systems Derbyshire, JDenis & Ian Derbyshire. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference.
JF 51 .D465 2000 Reference
World Encyclopedia of Political Systems & Parties 4th ed. Eds. Neil Schlager & Jayne Weisblatt. New York: Facts on File.
JF 2011 .W67 2006 Reference
Encyclopedia of Literature &Politics: Censorship, Revolution, & Writing General Ed. M. Keith Booker. Westport, Connecticut.: Greenwood Press
PN52 .E53 2005 Reference
Information Sources of Political Science Holler, Frederick L. 4th ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC—CLIO. A good authoritative guide to political science research resources.
Z 7161 .H64 1986 Reference

World Government & Politics

Europa World Yearbook London: Europe Publications. Overviews of current political and social situations for each country of the world — type of government, economic conditions, etc.
JN 1 .E85 1997:1 Stacks; 1997:2 Stacks; 1999:1—2
Facts on File World Political Almanac: from 1945 to the Present Cook, Chris. 4th ed. revised by Whitney Walker. New York: Checkmark Books.
D 843 .C5798 2001 Reference
A New Handbook of Political Science Eds. Robert E. Goodin and Hans—Dieter Klingemann. Oxford; New York: Oxford UP.
JA 66 .N49 1996 Reference
The New Book of World Rankings Kurian, George Thomas. 3rd ed. updated by James Marti. New York: Facts on File.
HN 25 .K87 1991 Stacks
Oxford Companion to Politics of the World 2nd ed. Eds. Joel Krieger et al. New York: Oxford UP.
JA 61 .O95 2001 Reference
Encyclopedia of Governance
JC11 .B475 2007 Reference (also available online)
Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources K. Lee Lerner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, and Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner, Eds.
JC571 .H75 2006
Political Handbook of the World New York: McGraw—Hill.
JF 37 .P6 Reference; previous 10 years’ editions in Stacks
Statesman’s Year—book Statistical and Historical Annual of the States of the World New York: St. Martin’s Press.
JA 51 .S7 Reference; previous 10 years’ editions in Stacks

Canadian Politics

Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs Ed. J.T. Saywell. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
F1001 .C2151 Reference; previous years’ (1971—) in Stacks
The Almanac of Canadian Politics Eagles, Munroe et al. 2nd ed. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
JL 167 .A56 1995 Reference
Bourinot’s Rules of order Stanford, Geoffrey H. 4th ed. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart.
JL148 .B72 1995 Reference
Canada 125: Its Constitutions 1763—1982: Evolution of a Democracy Directed by J. Fernand Tanguay; introduction by Senator Gérald A. Beaudoin. Montreal: Méridien; [Ottawa]: Canada Communication Group, Publishing.
JL 11 .C3 1992 Reference
The Language of Canadian Politics: A Guide to Important Terms and Concepts McMenemy, John. 3rd ed. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier UP.
JA 61 .M33 2001 Reference
Federal Guidebook: a Guidebook to the Canadian Federal Government and its Decision—makers Perth, ON: J—K Carruthers.
JL71 .F37 1997 Reference
Prime Ministers of Canada: Selected Speeches, 1867—2002, Profiles, Bibliography with Editorial Commentary Ed. H. Raymond Samuels II. Ottawa: Agora Cosmopolitan.
Z1382 .R42 1982

Other Resources

Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy Eds. Robert E. Goodin and Philip Pettit. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.
JA71 .C565 1993 Reference
Political Science Research Methods Johnson, Janet and H. T. Reynolds. It covers all the major research methods of the discipline and leads students step— by— step through the logic of research design. Much attention is given to online research.
JA71 .J64 2004 5th ed. Reference
Macmillan Dictionary of Political Quotations Eigen, Lewis D. & Jonathan P. Siegel. New York: Macmillan; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell Macmillan International.
PN 6084 .P6 E54 1993 Reference
Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations Ed. Anton Jay. New York: Oxford UP.
PN 6084 .P6 O94 1996 Reference
Political Quotations: a Worldwide Dictionary of Thoughts and Pronouncements from Politicians, Literary Figures, Humorists and Others Compiled by Michael C. Thomsett and Jean Freestone Thomsett. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
PN 6084 .P6 P59 1994 Reference
Information Sources of Political Science Green, Stephen Wand Douglas J. Ernest. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC—CLIO
Z7161 .I543 2005 Reference

Online Resources

America: History and LifeUofT logo Indexes and abstracts journal articles, books, book reviews (1954 to the present); covers the history of the United States and Canada to the present
Canadian Encyclopedia
The Canadian Foreign Relations Index (CFRI) Online version of the print of A Bibliography of Works on Canadian Foreign Relations. “It contains Canadian and foreign material on Canada's foreign relations, defence, economic relations, foreign aid, international law, and international environmental concerns. It covers material on the period 1945—2005.”
Canadian Politics on the Web Annotated links to literally hundreds of sites on the Internet that can help you with your research on Canadian politics and government. Many connections are provided to full—text documents and to useful graphs and maps.
Canadian Political Resources on the Net
CNN Note: today’s news and archive of previous five day’s news.
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)UofT logo Comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs.
Governments on the WWW Centralized site, by country, for national government agencies and related sites.
Handbook of Latin American Studies
Historical AbstractsUofT logo Indexes journals and books (1954 to the present); worldwide topical coverage (other than the U.S. and Canada), 1450 to the present; includes non—English resources.
International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (IBZ)UofT logo “International, interdisciplinary bibliography with particular emphasis on the social sciences, arts and humanities. IBZ—Online covers more than 2.1 million records with assigned German and English subject headings from over 8,700 periodicals since 1983. IBZ is updated monthly.”
International Political Science Abstracts 1989+UofT logo
JSTORUofT logo An online, full—text archive of complete backfiles of scholarly periodical literature since 1872. Journals are intended to be archival, not current; most are 2—5 years behind the current issues, depending on the journal. Full Text.
NewsBank NewsFile 1991+ Index to full—text newspaper articles, from local and regional papers and newswires across the U.S.
Western Hemispheric Trade Information Center Note: with numerous links to NAFTA and NAFTA—related topics.
Oxford Reference Online —— Politics and Social Sciences The following dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press can be searched individually as well as by the whole:
A Dictionary of Contemporary World History
A Dictionary of Geography
A Dictionary of Political Biography
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics
A Dictionary of Psychology
Dictionary of the Social Sciences
A Dictionary of Sociology
The Oxford Guide to the United States Government
Handbook of the World
PAIS InternationalUofT logo Interdisciplinary, international index to periodicals relating to public issues and policy. 1972 to the present.
Political Science Resources (U of British Columbia)
Poole’s Plus (part of 19th century Masterfile)UofT logo The electronic version of a standard reference index to the published books, periodicals, newspapers and government documents of the 19th century, covering 3.7 million records.
Routledge Encyclopedia of PhilosophyPratt logo Currently the largest English—language encyclopedic work on philosophy. Entries (nearly 2000) include concepts, themes, and thinkers within various philosophical traditions. All articles signed and contain bibliographies.
Social Sciences Citation Index 1956+UofT logo Electronic version covers 1980+. Covers all subjects in the social sciences and includes articles in West European languages; this is the only database that shows references cited and where subsequently cited in later articles; also includes book reviews.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is building on the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975—2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC—CLIO, 1984—2000. The database 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.

compiled by: Adam taves, Gabbi Zaldin | updated: October 2011