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American Political Thought

A Course Guide for Political Science 203

A Word about Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a popular source of information on the web and for good reason—it’s extensive and often extremely current. However, because anyone can edit Wikipedia pages, they are not always reliable and most instructors will not want you to use them as references in your assignments.

Important Print Encyclopedia

  • The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought

    UM/Du Bois JA 61 B57

Online Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and other Reference Sources

Reference sources can often provide you with an overview, background information and history on a topic or person.