Research Sources:

Hamersly Library Research Guides
These research guides are specially prepared database guides for various topic areas. They include databases recommended by the librarian for that specific study area, reference-style materials, similar databases to try, and other related research guides.

Environmental Studies –

International Relations –

Latin American Studies –

Legal Studies –

Political Science –

Public Policy –

Peer-Reviewed Content –
This site allows you to check any source you have to ensure that it is peer-reviewed, a characteristic of sources that most professors require for papers.

WOU Library Databases
These databases are accessible to all WOU students using their Pawprint login. They include JSTOR, Academic Search Premier, Lexis Nexis, Opposing Viewpoints, etc.


Newspaper Directory
This is an international newspaper directory that allows you to search by location or by topic of choice.

The New York Times

The Wall Street Journal

The Washington Post

The Oregonian

The International New York Times

CNN International

Writing Resources:

WOU Political Science Format Guidelines
This is the official paper formatting guidelines for all Political Science courses at WOU.

WOU Writing Center
The Writing Center is available to all WOU students with the sole purpose of helping you to sharpen your writing skills in any way possible.

Purdue OWL
This source is one of the best for information on grammar, punctuation, and all other writing questions.

American FactFinder


U.S. Census Bureau –

World Atlas and Map Library

Sharyne Ryals, Administrative Assistant

Division of Social Sciences 

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