I need to do some research in the field of Government/Political Science. Where do I start?


To improve your results in HOLLIS, Academic Search Premier (Harvard login), and other multidisciplinary resources, try adding:

  • Geographic terms (Middle East, China)
  • Institution or Organization terms (United Nations, North Atlantic Treat Organization, Republican Party)
  • Time period terms (Iraq War 2003-2011, U.S. Politics and government 1993-2001, War on Terrorism 2001-2009)
  • Topic terms (economic policy, foreign relations, elections)


Kathleen Sheehan, the FAS library liaison for Government, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultation.

The librarians in Government Documents and Data Services are also available to provide support.


There are many databases for doing research on government and political science.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (Harvard login) and PAIS (Harvard login) are two major databases for scholarship in this area.


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