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* Political Science & International Relations: Books

This guide provides reliable resources pertaining to the study of political theory, international relations, information on foreign governments, U.S. and international policy research, campaigns and elections and more. This guide includes access to books,

Finding ebooks

Or check out some of the individual e-books collections below:

Books & Multimedia

Search DiscoverUR to find books, journals, DVDs, and videos on political science topics in the libraries' collections. While many of the books, multimedia, and journals in political science are in Rush Rhees Library, some useful materials will be in other UR libraries. You can usually request that materials be sent to any of the UR libraries for pickup, by using the "Request" link when logged into DiscoverUR.

Sign in on the yellow bar under "Get It" 


Then, use the request item link:


If you need help locating something in the stacks, stop by the Q&i Desk:


Books on political science are cataloged in the J Library of Congress classification range.   They can be found on the level 3 of the library (follow the yellow line in the stacks).

Here is a breakdown of some the major subclasses:

J General legislative and executive papers
JA Political science (general)
JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state.
JF-JQ Political institutions and public administration
JS Local and municipal government
JV Colonies and colonization, emigration and immigration, international migration
JX International law (for items older than 1997, for newer items in International law--browse JZ or KZ)
JZ International relations

Note: For other call number ranges, see this Call Number Directory.

Most DVDs and videos can be checked out or viewed in the Art/Music library in Rush Rhees. To search what we have, use the keyword search on the Find DVDs and Videos page of the library's website or search for particular titles in the Voyager Catalog.

Need books or DVDs we don't own? We have a very active Interlibrary Loan Service called Illiad. It is available free of charge to current River Campus students, faculty, and staff. Sign up the first time you use it, then just use your NetID and password. Most books take about a week. Most articles take 2-4 days. Just go to the ILL page:


Still can't find what you're looking for?  Please contact me! 



Specialized Encyclopedias & Reference Materials

Interlibrary Loan & Using Worldcat

If UR doesn't have the article or book you need, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that will deliver a copy to you. PDFs of articles usually arrive in two days or less!  If you have the citation of the item you wish to request, go to the ILL page: 
& log in with your NetID to request an item.  

From within any of the library any databases, click the Find@URbutton.  It will find the full text of your article online if it's available through the libraries. Or, it will search the library catalog for you to see if we have your article in print--or let you request it via Interlibrary Loan. 

Looking for books we don't have in the library?  Try searching WORLDCAT (either for a title or by keywords on your topic).  Click on the Find@URbutton to request a book through ILL. 

Still can't find what you're looking for?  Please contact me! 

Titles of interest

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Social Science Librarian

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Justina Elmore
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