Research Guides

American Government

Reference Books (First Floor)

The Almanac of American Politics (REF JK1012 A44) 
Provides information on federal and some state elected officials including election results.

The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents (REF E176.1 D43) 
Provides biographical information on the U.S. presidents from George Washington to George Bush.

Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to Congress (REF JK1021 C56) 
Constitutional beginnings; House and Senate history; Leadership; Seniority system reforms; Committees and subcommittees; Floor procedures; New budget control; Pay and perquisites; Ethics; Biographies, 1789-1976.

Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court (REF JK1571 C65) 
The Court and the federal system; The Court and individual rights; Origins and development; Traditions, schedules, operations; Biographies of Justices; Major decisions 1790-1979.

Encyclopedia of the American Presidency (REF JK511 E53) 
Provides information on the American presidents and their terms in office.

The Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (REF KF4548 E53) 
Provides information on the Constitutional issues and court cases.

The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress (REF JK1067 E63) 
Provides information on the history and the operations of the United States Congress.

Facts about the Presidents (REF E176.1 K3) 
Provides biographical information on the U.S. presidents from George Washington to Bill Clinton.

Oklahoma Almanac (REF JK7131 O54) 
Oklahoma state government.

United States Government Manual (REF JK421 A3) 
The official handbook of the Federal Government. Provides information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.


Current Biography (CT100 C8)Dictionary of American Biography (REF E176 D563)
Newsmakers (REF CT120 C664)


American Congressional Dictionary (REF JK9 K73)Safire’s New Political Dictionary (REF JK9 S2)


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774-1989 (REF JK1010 A5)Congressional Directory (REF JK1011 U5)
Congressional Staff Directory (REF JK1012 C65)

Online Library Catalog

The RSC online card catalog is an index to the library’s books and audiovisual materials. You may search the catalog from any computer with Internet access. The online card catalog can be searched in a variety of ways most notability by TITLE, AUTHOR, SUBJECT, and KEYWORD.

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Online Databases

Before entering the RSC Online Databases from off-campus, you will need to activate your campus username and password. Stop by the Reference Desk in the Library, and we will assist you in getting on the network. After completing this process on campus, you will be able to utilize any of the databases from wherever you have Internet access. More complete instructions may be found on the online database page.

EBSCOhost's Military & Government Collection, Academic Search Premier, Infobase, NewsBank and SIRS will be the best databases for American Government.


Although an unorganized resource, the Internet does contain valuable information. The library’s government links will be most helpful for your assignment.