UCB Libraries

Resources for PSCI 4002: Western European Politics

Starting Your Research

Research and Subject Guides Database


This database provides a complete listing of guides in the library. It ranges from guides to finding primary sources and economic information to how to use particular databases and how to create a citation.

Search Tips

When starting your research, brainstorm the terms that can be used to describe this type of research. Some examples of keywords:

Location: name of country, names of cities, names of international organizations
General: politics and government, political parties, elections, immigration, migrants

Most of the library catalogs and databases you'll be searching will use subject headings or descriptors, which are specific words or phrases that subject experts have assigned to best describe the content of materials. Using these terms can help you find similar books or articles and get ideas for additional search terms. Use the Search Worksheet to record this information.

Searching for Books

To find books that the CU Libraries have, you want to search Chinook, the library catalog. You may want to start by doing a keyword search and then checking some of the catalog records to find specific subject headings appropriate to your topic.


Some library subject headings relevant to your class are listed below. This is NOT a complete list but, rather, a starting point.

Book Chapters

Book chapters' titles often reveal hidden treasures in a book. For an example, take a look at The logics and politics of post-WWII migration to Western Europe. To search these book chapter titles you need to use the keyword search. If you want more chapter titles, check out WorldCat or Google Books.
Searching for Articles

Articles, especially peer-reviewed or scholarly ones, can form a good start for your research. If you are trying to figure out where to start, use Find Articles and More.

  • Find Articles and More The databases are arranged alphabetically by name, or you can find databases in a particular subject area by choosing a subject from the drop-down menu on that page. Here are a few databases to try first:
    • Click on the + next to Political Science and choose the link for Scholarly Sources.
      • Choose either International Political Science Abstracts CU, an index of political science articles from around the world or PAIS International CU, an index of publications by international bodies and U.S. and foreign governments on global policy and social issues. You'll want to do keyword searches similar to the ones you used to look for materials in Chinook. Instead of the subject headings provided in Chinook, you can use the descriptors from article databases to try to find articles.
    • Click on International Area Studies. Choose Europe. Use your keywords.
  • Not having luck? Here are a few other more-general resources (not focused on political science):
    • Academic Search Premier CU Index of nearly 4,000 academic journals, with full text available for many.
    • Web of Science CU This interdisciplinary database allows you to not only search for an article but to find other articles in which it's cited.
    • Google Scholar Uses Google search technology to search a wide variety of sources for academic material.

Primary Sources for Policy and Issues

Country Pages
These pages link to information from individual countries, including links to government bodies.
International Organizations
This page provides links to international organizations and a custom search that only searches international organizations. Here are some selected international sources that may be of interest:
  • European Union (EU)
    Europa The EU is an economic and political partnership between 27 democratic European countries. EU policies are part of national policies.
  • Council of Europe (COE)
    Council of Europe Founded in 1949, the COE has 47 members. Its aim is to protect human rights, pluralist democracy and the rule of law. One of its subgroups is the Department of Local and Regional Democracy and Good Governance, which has published country reports
  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
    OSCE A regional security organization consisting of 56 participating states. OSCE deals with three dimensions of security: politico-military, economic and environmental, and human.
  • Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    OECD Established in 1961, the OECD is a club of "like-minded" nations that hope to achieve the highest sustainable economic growth and employment. The OECD collects data, monitors trends, analyzes and forecasts economic developments and researches social changes for member and non-member countries. Reports and data available through the SourceOECD CU
Citing your work
  • RefWorks
    RefWorks is a database that lets you save your citations and then format them in the style of your choice. Check out this quick guide for help using this resource.
  • Citing Sources
    This guide goes over the various formats you can use to cite material as well as providing links to quick citation sheets.
Need more help?

We are always happy to answer questions or set up appointments to have a more in-depth discussion of your research.

Salem Martin Leanne Walther Gov Pubs Office
salem.martin@colorado.edu leanne.walther@colorado.edu govpubs@colorado.edu
303-492-3900 303-735-3750 303-492-8834