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Aug. 24 – Nov. 20
M-Th: 7:30 am – midnight
F: 7:30 am – 6 pm
Sa: 10 am – 4 pm
Su: Noon – midnight
Portland Campus Library
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  • Constitutional Amendments Gale
    Defines the 27 amendments in comprehensive chapters with detailed narratives on the process behind each amendment. (2012)
  • Crime and Punishment around the World Gale
    Explores crime and punishment throughout the world through the eyes of leading experts, local authors and scholars, and government officials. (2010)
  • Gale Encyclopedia of American Law Gale
    Covers today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, and important documents. Includes topics such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, physician-assisted suicide and more. Updated edition to West's 20 vol. Encyclopedia of American Law. (2011)
  • Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia Gale
    Promotes understanding of Latinas and Latinos and the U.S. criminal justice system, at the same time dispelling popular misconceptions about this population and criminal activity in the United States. (2017)
  • Supreme Court Compendium Gale
    Presents historical and statistical information on every important aspect of the U.S. Supreme Court. Includes its history, development as an institution, the justices' backgrounds, nominations, and confirmations, and the Court's relationship with the public and other governmental and judicial bodies. (2015)

Political Science

  • Campaigning for President in America: 1788-2016 Gale
    Provides insight into the major issues and events surrounding American presidential elections across more than two centuries, from the earliest years of the Republic through the campaigns of the 21st century. (2016)
  • Child Soldiers: A Reference Handbook ABC-Clio
    This book is about child soldiers and the efforts over the past several decades to end children’s presence in the military across the globe. (2012)
  • Congress Investigates Gale
    Investigations of critical historical importance; includes illustrations, detailed chronologies, and brief overviews of each investigation. (2011)
  • CQ Electronic Library Congressional Quarterly
    Search CQ Researcher, CQ Global, Political Handbook of the World, and CQ Weekly Reports all at once. (Updated regularly)
  • Cyber Warfare: A Reference Handbook Gale
    Examines the many facets of cyber combat, from the threats of information exposure that American civilians encounter on a daily basis, to the concern of keeping up with the capabilities of China and Russia, to the inherent dangers in ignoring cyber threats. (2015)
  • Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology Wiley
    Features almost 300 entries contributed by leading international scholars that examine the psychological dimensions of peace and conflict studies. (2011)
  • International Encyclopedia of Political Science Gale
    Provides a definitive, comprehensive picture of all aspects of political life, recognizing the theoretical and cultural pluralism of our approaches and including findings from the far corners of the world. (2011)
  • Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History Gale
    Covers the major forces that have shaped American politics from its founding to today. Addresses eras, institutions, political parties, presidents, and documents including military, electoral, and economic events, as well as social movements, popular culture, religion, education, race, and gender. (2010)
  • Privacy Gale
    Examines a broad range of perceived or actual legal rights and freedoms that impact the lives of young American teens. This volume focuses on the right to privacy, a fundamental right of all Americans, including teenagers. (2012)
  • Sage Encyclopedia of Terrorism Gale
    Explores the impact of terrorism on economics, public health, religion, and even pop culture. Ethical issues such as the role of torture in interrogations, competing notions of security versus liberty, and the debates over FISA legislation and Guantanamo Bay are covered. (2011)
  • Sage Encyclopedia of War: Social Sciences Perspectives Gale
    This encyclopedia views war through the lens of the social sciences, looking at the causes, processes, and effects of war and drawing from a vast group of fields such as communication and mass media, economics, political science and law, psychology, and sociology. (2017)
  • Sage Handbook of the History, Philosophy and Sociology of International Relations Gale
    Offers a panoramic view of the broad field of international relations by integrating three distinct but interrelated foci. Retraces the historical development of International Relations (IR) as a professional field of study, explores the philosophical foundations of IR, and interrogates the sociological mechanisms through which scholarship is produced and the field is structured. (2018)
  • Trump Phenomenon: How the Politics of Populism Won in 2016 Gale
    Analyses how businessman and celebrity Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States after one of the most divisive and contentious campaigns in recent history, focusing on who Trump is and the narratives about him and his candidacy that evolved during the campaign, who his supporters are and what their worldview is, and the role of the media, right-wing Christians, and the Republican Party in making Trump’s victory possible. (2017)
  • World at Risk: A Global Issues Sourcebook Gale
    Provides analysis of current global hot topics. Addresses a wide range of key issues, including demographics, economics, education, health, politics, and security. (2010)
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States Gale
    Details current geographical, social, and political data, historical narrative, and statistical information on the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, and Pacific dependencies of the U.S. Each entry consistently contains data on 50 rubrics. (2007)
  • Worldmark Modern Conflict and Diplomacy Gale
    Presents easy-to-understand information on 90 global conflicts and diplomatic efforts. Covers specific conflicts that have had a truly global impact, as well as the efforts and organizations focused on solving these conflicts. Arranged alphabetically, each of the approximately 90 entries covers the origins of a conflict or diplomatic effort, its current status, and its wide-ranging impact on the world. (2014)

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  • Countries, Cultures, & Diversity
    Encyclopedias and reference on topics with related issues

  • CQ Researcher Congressional Quarterly
    Explores current social and political issues from the news with Congressional Quarterly objectivity and balance, 1991- present.

  • Dark Side of Leadership: Identifying and Overcoming Unethical Practice in Organizations Gale
    Explores the dark side of leadership–those areas of unethical, unlawful and unconscionable practice in which some organizational leaders engage. (2017)

  • Encyclopedia of Global Studies Gale
    Provides a reference work for the emerging field of global studies, covering both transnational topics and intellectual approaches to the study of global themes. (2012)

  • Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics Gale
    Considers both the professional ethics of science and technology, and the ethical and political issues raised by science and technology in an increasingly complex and global society. (2005)

  • Gale eBooks Gale
    All Gale encyclopedia and reference resources in one search.

  • Opposing Viewpoints Gale
    Features viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files, and links to vetted websites. (Updated regularly)

  • Protest, Social Movements, and Global Democracy Since 2011: New Perspectives Gale
    Engages new theoretical and methodological perspectives and illuminates novel aspects of transnational social movement dynamics, such as the evolving role of information technology, de-territorialization, and government counter-responses. (2016)

  • Sage Handbook of Political Sociology Gale
    Comprehensive handbook that attempts to cover the whole field of topics that a reader interested primarily in politics needs to understand, as well as providing essential conceptual and empirical background to the social study of politics. (2017)

  • Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics Gale
    In-depth review of the distinctive set of ethical considerations which accompany qualitative research. (2018)

  • Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders Gale
    Examines how women candidates, voters, and office holders shape U.S. political processes and institutions, lending their perspectives to gradually evolve American life and values. Essays in this encyclopedic sourcebook on the evolution of women's involvement in American politics examine the rising prominence of women as voters, candidates, public officials, and lawmakers, and how political processes and institutions are shaped by women and their perspectives. (2019)