Political science seeks to understand and analyze the exercise of power at international, national, state, and local levels. Penn's Political Science department offers courses in the major political subfields of American government and politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. Each section of this guide includes listings of resources used in these four major political science subfields, as well as other selected subfields taught in most political science curriculums.
Academic, scholarly, and peer-reviewed books, journals, and articles are considered appropriate sources for college-level research and writing assignments. Here are a few tips when searching for books, journals, and articles: