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American Government and Politics

A guide to information resources related to American government and politics.

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What are databases?

Databases provide access to articles from credible, well-known newspapers, magazines and journals. The library pays a subscription fee for several general and subject-specific databases for students and faculty to use.

Some databases contain scholarly content, like academic journals on a specific subject, and others contain articles from popular magazines such as Newsweek or Forbes. Databases may contain a mixture of content from both scholarly and popular sources.

You will need to use your KCTCS ID and password (same one you use for Blackboard) to access databases from home.

What about Wikipedia?

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Wikipedia can be a good place to start your research when you know nothing about a topic. Occasionally, you can even find good sources among the References and External Links listed on Wikipedia pages -- where the Wikipedia authors found out their information.

However, it is rarely acceptable to use Wikipedia as a source in an academic paper. Ask your instructor if you are unsure.

Databases for Government and Politics

These databases contain articles that may be useful when wanting to learn more about government and politics or writing a paper.

Free Resources Outside of Jefferson

Sometime when researching, you may want to look beyond the journals, books, and databases available at Jefferson. Luckily, there are thousands of Open Access items online. 

You can use Google Scholar to search materials on the web and across the globe. 

You can search the catalogs of libraries around the world through WorldCat and find the library nearest you with any given resource.