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Research Guide -- Politics 235
The Presidency


See the revised Fall 2012 guide.


Contemporary News and Analysis

Sources for following contemporary political news.

Reference Sources

Specialized encyclopedias, including online "e-books," on the Presidency, the Congress, and U.S. history.

Finding Books

Books in W&L libraries and elsewhere.

Finding Articles

"Article databases" which can be used to find materials in journals, magazines, and newspapers on topics relating to the U.S. Presidency.  Each database covers a different selection of publications.

Finding U.S. Government Resources

Presidential papers and speeches, other U.S. Government materials.


Help with citation styles and advice on avoiding plagiarism is available here.

If you would like some help with your research, especially in the use of these resources, you may contact Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe.