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Political Science


American Government & Politics

Guide to Political Science research at Boston College Libraries

Government Information Guide

There is an entire guide devoted to Government Information

CQ Press Library

CQ Press has amazing resources for research into American government and politics.  Search or browse resources on American government, current affairs, history, politics, public policy, and data analysis for the social sciences. 


  • The Book of States: Reference resource from the Council of State Governments which provides data and analysis, from 1933 to present
  • Census of Governments by the U.S. Census Bureau: Three years of data on government organization, public employment, and government finance  compiled every 5 years. 2007-1992.
  • Nexis Uni: Includes thousands of U.S. and non-U.S. news sources; legal materials: case law, statutes and law reviews; and company/business information. Strength from 1990 to the present. Nexis Uni replaces Lexis-Nexis Academic.

Public Opinion

Federal Government Information

  • FBI Files Online: Thousands of files released through the Freedom of Information Act. (content continues to be added) Includes information on historical events, political movements, as well as files on individuals and groups.



  • C-SPAN Video Library: Contains all C-SPAN programs since 1987, indexed, abstracted, and cataloged by the C-SPAN Archives staff.