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Political Science

Guide to resources and research strategies in Political Science.

Federal Resources

Vassar College Library is a United States government documents depository. The majority of our government publications print collection is housed in Stack 1 on the ground floor of the Main Library organized by SuDoc number, with a limited selection included in the general holdings and organized by Library of Congress call numbers. We also have access to electronic data and publications through federal websites and databases. 

See the Government Documents Research Guide for government documents and related resources.


Use Vassar Library Search for United States Government Documents, limit your search to gov doc number and enter the specific number for the document or choose government documents as a limiter and search all federal publications by subject, keyword, title, or date.

New York State

The following is a list of reference materials related to New York State government that we have in print or have access to online. Many of the print reference guides and catalogs in our reference collection are available online at the New York State Library. You can access them here. The print volumes in this list are located in the Reference Collection.

New York State Documents: An Introductory Manual by Dorothy Butch   J87 .N7 B85 1987
New York State Census Records, 1790-1925 compiled by Marilyn Douglas and Melinda Yates   Z1009 .N56 no. 88
Catalogue of Maps and Surveys In the Office of the Secretary of State, State Engineer and Surveyor, vols 1-3   GA441 .N48 1859
New York State Legislative Annual (1946-2016)   JK3401 .N48
New York State Directory (2008-09)   JK3430 .N53x

Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County

Use Library Search for materials on Dutchess County government, try a subject search using the following headings:

County government -- New York (State) -- Dutchess County
Local government -- New York (State) -- Dutchess County
Dutchess County (N.Y.)

To look for more specific materials try adding additional terms to those above such as:

Dutchess County -- proceedings
Dutchess County -- legislature