History and Political Science Guide

The library has lots of history and political science information available both in print and online.


Do an advanced search of these databases using keywords to find articles on your topic.

JSTOR - Arts & Sciences Collections
Project Muse 
America's Historical Newspapers
Academic Search Premier (covers all aspects of history and political science)
OAIster  (link to digitized books, letters, photos, and articles) 
Newspaper Source (national and international news)
ArchiveGrid (historical documents, personal papers and family histories) 
Political Science Journals (Directory of Open Access Journals)
History Journals (Directory of Open Access Journals)
You can also find article citations in the print indexes Social Sciences Index and PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service).



To find books related to business and accounting, try the library catalog; you can also search World Cat via FirstSearch  to find books at libraries from around the world and request them via interlibrary loan.

To get additional background information or ideas, try these reference sources.

World Fact Book
Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
Oxford Reference: History 
Credo Reference(has law, social science and history sections)
The Statesman's Yearbook 2007: the Politics, Cultures and Economies of the World 
The Presidency A to Z 


Web Sites 

For additional ideas and background information you can browse these web sites:

Perseus Digital Library
World Wide Web Virtual Library: History Central
History (Voice of the Shutte)
American Memory
National Archives: Docs Teach (digitized primary sources from American History) 
In the First Person: an Index to Letters, Diaries, Oral Histories, and Personal Narratives 
Iowa History Project
State Impact("how government decisions affect people's lives")
Congressional Budget Office: Topics
Town and County Histories (Iowa) 
Historical Text Archive 
Avalon Project (documents in law, history, diplomacy)
Core Documents of American Democracy
Thomas (US legislation)
Oyez (Supreme Court decisions)
Political Science Portals and Directories (Academic Info)


Research Tips:

Guide to Using the Library Catalog     
See tips and demostrations on how to find authors, specific books, or topics in the library catalog. 

For explanations and examples of how to cite your research, try the Documentation and Citation Guide

If you have any questions, please contact a librarian:  or (563) 588-6421. 

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