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Government and Politics

Click the tabs below to see resources and tips for researching government(s) and political subjects.

Research Tips

Guide Notes:
Due to the fact that laws and legislation vary by jurisdiction, only links to United States federal legislation are included in this guide. For information about these subjects, please see the Legal Research guide.


  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory

Select Subject Keywords:
big government, bipartisan, campaign, caucus, checks and balances, delegate, executive branch, filibuster, gerrymandering, grass roots, incumbent, judicial branch, lame duck, left-wing, legislative branch, lobbyist, platform, political party, poll, primary elections, right-wing

LoC Classifications:

  • J - General legislative and executive papers
  • JA - Political Science (general)
  • JC - Political Theory
  • JF - Political Institutions & Public Administration - General Works
  • JJ - Political Institutions & Public Administration - North America
  • JK - Political Institutions & Public Administration - United States
  • JL - Political Institutions & Public Administration - Canada, Latin America, etc
  • JN - Political Institutions & Public Administration - Europe
  • JQ - Political Institutions & Public Administration - Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific, etc
  • JS - Local Government
  • JV - Colonies and Colonization, Emigration and Immigrations, International Migration
  • JZ - International Relations

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