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Government Research Guide

Welcome to the research guide for your course for Government.  The suggested electronic resources are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page.  Print resources are available in the PHC on campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community.  You may check out the location and availability of an item in the on campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed through the library home page.

Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 541-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu .


Reference Works

American political dictionary / Jack C. Plano, Milton Greenberg. Fort Worth : Harcourt Brace College Publishers, c1997. JK9 .P55 1997

Encyclopedia of American government / consulting editor, Joseph M. Bessette ; project editor, R. Kent Rasmussen. Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, c1998. Ref JK9 .E52 1998

Encyclopedia of American public policy / Byron M. Jackson. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1999. Ref JK468 .P64 J33 1999

Hatchet jobs and hardball : the Oxford dictionary of American political slang / edited by Grant Barrett. New York : Oxford University Press, 2004. PE3727 .P6 H38 2004
Oxford guide to the United States government / John J. Patrick, Richard M. Pious, Donald A. Ritchie. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001. Ref JK9 .P384 2001

United States government manual. Washington, D.C. : Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [1973- Ref JK421 .A3 





Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC)
Established in 1966, the FIC is a single point of contact for people who have questions about Federal agencies, programs, and services.

Federal Judicial Center
Research on the federal court systems, educational materials about the courts and their history.

Statistics of public interest produced by more than 70 agencies in the U.S. Federal Government. Includes information about crime, education, health, and more.

A service of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. "One of the most extensive sources of information on criminal and juvenile justice in the world, providing services to an international community of policymakers and professionals."

Library of Congress
LOC's website with everything an American citizen might want to know about the library and a variety of digital collections.


National Agricultural Library
Indexes of agricultural information--books, serials, and journal articles.


National Archives and Records Administration
"NARA is an independent Federal agency that helps preserve our nation's history by overseeing the management of all Federal records. [Its] mission is to ensure ready access to the essential evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of Federal officials, and the national experience."


National Center For Health Statistics
Rates and statistics on birth, death, and other health information.


Statistical Abstract: National Data Book
Published by the census bureau, the latest data on births, deaths, marriages, divorces, employment and many other numbers.

THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
News and information about legislation currently under consideration or recently considered.


U.S. Census Bureau
Census information both current and past can be viewed by state and county.


U.S. House of Representatives
Session and committee schedules, member directories, and links to related sites.

U.S. Senate
Includes information on Senate sessions and committee meetings. Also links to the Web Sites of individual Senators.

U.S. Supreme Court
Current information about what is happening in the Supreme Court.

White House
The official presidential web site. Info about the president, including speeches.

World FactBook
The CIA's profile of each country with general information about geography, population, government, weather, and travel advisories. Includes maps.





Academic Search Premier and ProQuest provide access to a substantial number of scholarly journal articles that may be helpful in your research.



Search the catalog using the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Judicial process--United States
National characteristics, American
Christianity and politics
Political participation--United States
Political science
Constitutional law--United States
Public administration--United States
Democracy--United States
United Nations
Executive departments--United States
United States--civilization
Executive power--United States
United States--Politics and government
International relations
United States. Supreme Court

Selected Journals

Almanac of American Politics (Online 7/5/1992-Present)

Congress & the Presidency (Online 4/1/1997-Present)

Congressional Digest (Print 10/2000 and Online 1998-Present)

CQ Researcher (Print 2000-Present and Online 1923-Present)

CQ Weekly (Print and Online 4/18/1998-Present)

Government Leader (Online 3/5/2005-Present)

Hill (Online 1995-Present)

Presidential Studies Quarterly (Online 1/1/1994-Present) 

Public Management (Online 1/1/1994-Present)
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (Online 3/24/1979)

U.S. News and World Report (Print 9/3/2001-Present and Online 1/6/1975-Present)

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (Online 1/6/1992-Present)


Research Tips


  • Citation help:  Turabian is the approved citation format for this course.  Information on proper Turabian citation is available in the PHC collection or online at OWL . However, legal and government documents often require more specific instructions.  Help in citing legal cases is available HERE. Help in citing government documents is available HERE.
  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar, subjects.
  • Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography. 
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL):  If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC online or on campus collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan.  ILL requests may be made directly into the library database WorldCat.  If you have difficulty requesting an ILL in WorldCat, you may use the form on the website or request assistance from any of the library staff. Once you locate an appropriate resource, potential valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography. 


Created: Thornhill, 2011.  Updated: Thornhill, 2013, 2014, 2015.