VCU Libraries

Research Guides

Political Science

When We Don't Have What You Need

If you can't find the book, article, or dissertation that you want at VCU, try these resources to find what you need.

Finding Books

Use VCU Libraries Advanced Search to look for print and electronic books in our collection.

Select 'books' as the Material Type

Change 'any' to 'in the title' and enter one to three key words that should be in the title. For example: presidency; venezuela politics; congress; political theory. This kind of search should quickly connect you with promising titles.

Note the call number, e.g., (JA66 .F46). Books on similar subjects are clustered together, so when you reach the LB1065 area, look for other books with that beginning number.

Click on Details to see possible additional terms, e.g., subjects, contents.

Most political science books in Cabell Library are located on the 3rd floor in the J section. Use the Library of Congress Classification link below to see the number ranges for various subtopics. Click on a Subclass, e.g., JK, to open the Library of Congress outline of subjects with the corresponding call number ranges.

Selected Reference Books

All the titles below are located on the first floor of Cabell Library. They are a sampling of the types of reference materials available there.

Encyclopedia of Politics (2 vol.). JA61 .E54 2005

Civil Disobedience (2 vol.). JC328.3 .S64 2009

History of the United States Political System (3 vol.) JK31 .H57 2010

Political Encyclopedia of the World. JF37 .P6 2014

U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior (2 vol.) JK2281 .E53 2008