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Simpson Library | Special Collections

Political Science and International Affairs: Background Information

Human Rights

International Development

International Politics

Public Opinion

Subject Headings for finding resources on U.S. public opinion:

Public opinion -- United States -- Statistics. 
Americans -- Attitudes -- Statistics. 
Social surveys -- United States -- Statistics. 

U.S. Government

Why Reference Books?

Use reference books to find:

  • Background material to help familiarize you with your research topic
  • Bibliographies suggesting additional resources for your research topic
  • Definitions of unfamiliar terms

Most reference books are located in the Simpson Reference Collection, on the first floor of Simpson Library, to the right of the main stairwell.

Some reference books are available as eBooks or in the Simpson Stacks. A few may also be freely available online.

Citing Your Sources

While writing research papers, you may need to:

List your sources in bibliographies or works cited, and

♦ Provide either footnotes or endnotes.

For more help with citations, check this guide out.