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Political Theory and Theorists: Basic Resources: Getting Started: Basic Resources

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Articles in scholarly encyclopedias usually present a good overview of the topic and identify the current issues, approaches, and scholarship relating to that topic. Knowing the issues can help you focus your research on a particular aspect of a topic.


Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas
Digital, searchable version of the classic 5-volume set published in 1973-74 [Dana Ref. CB5 .D52]. A basic resource for tracing the development of major concepts (e.g., Class; Democracy; The State) in history. Volume 5 focuses on "The historical development of economic, legal, and political ideas and institutions, ideologies, and movements." Lengthy, signed scholarly essays with bibliography.
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas.
New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005. 6 vols.
Over 700 signed articles with up to date bibliographies. While the Dictionary of the History of Ideas was decidedly Eurocentric in its approach, articles in the NDHI are written from a global, multicultural perspective. Emphasize is on developments in scholarship since 1970. Available?
Encyclopedia of Governance
"Concepts, beliefs, and theories that inform contemporary governance."
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right
Rodney P. Carlisle, general editor. Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sage, 2005. 2 vols.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access

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