ICT Literacy in Political Science

Compiled by Dr. Lesley Farmer, California State University Long Beach

  • Humanities/History/Topical/Political
  • Social Sciences/Political Science
  • Academic Support Services/ICT Literacy
  • Also look under specific area studies  

  • Princeton University guide to finding statistics, data, and news; explains how to conduct literature searches and apply political methods
  • University of Southern California links to finding articles, data, archives, California resources, election information, other governmental information, and research/writing guides UC San Diego guide to conducting research; locating data, reports, and primary sources
  • Michigan State University political science and public policy resources links: government indexes, speeches, primary sources, think tanks, elections, data and statistics, and open access information; also explains literature reviews 

  • Cope, J., & Flanagan, R. (2013). Information Literacy in the study of American politics: Using new media to teach information literacy in the political science classroom. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 32(1), 3-23.
  • Gilbert, J. K., Knutson, K., & Gilbert, C. P. (2012). Adding an integrated library component to an undergraduate research methods course. PS: Political Science And Politics, 45(1), 112-118. 
  • Hodgin, E. (2016). Educating youth for online civic and political dialogue: A conceptual framework for the digital age. Journal of Digital and Media Literacy, 4(1-2).

    Kahne, J., Hodgin, E., & Eidman-Aadahl, E. (2016). Redesigning civic education for the digital age: Participatory politics and the pursuit of democratic engagement. Theory & Research in Social Education, 44(1), 1-35.
  • Maybee, C., Carlson, J., Slebodnik, M., & Chapman, B. (2015). “It's in the syllabus”: Identifying information literacy and data information literacy opportunities using a grounded theory approach. Journal Of Academic Librarianship, 41(4), 369-376. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2015.05.009 
  • Thornton, S. (2010). From "scuba diving" to "jet skiing"? Information behavior, political science, and the Google generation. Journal Of Political Science Education, 6(4), 353-368.


  • Ask students to research the same topic in two database aggregators (e.g., SocINDEX, LexisNexis, Newsstand), and compare the process and results.
  • Ask students select a seminal work on a political science topic, and then identify sources that preceded and continued the conversation, analyzing the impact of the seminal work on the field. 
  • Ask students to keep research logs in which they note changes in particular research directions as they identify resources, read, and incorporate new learning for a topic in political science. 
  • Ask students to compare book reviews from different sources for the same political science title. 
  • Ask students to research the history of technology as it has impacted political science (e.g., access to documents, decision-making, dissemination of information).
  •  Ask students to create a concept map about one topic in political science. 
  • Ask students to create an infographic about an aspect of political science. 
  • Ask students to create a graphic novel about an aspect of political science. 
  • Ask students to produce a virtual museum about an aspect of political science. Ask students to critique and compare movie depictions of political events. 
  • Ask students to create timelines about benchmark events and legal decisions about a political science issue (e.g., immigration waves and policies, government funding of science). 
  • Ask students to create a Venn diagram about political science “schools.” 
  • Ask students to research the creation, discussion, passing, dissemination, and enforcement of a law. Ask them to make a flowchart of that process. 
  • Ask students to research and compare the creation of laws in different countries, and at different levels of government. 
  • Ask students to research intellectual property law as it applies to political science. 
  • Ask students to interview personnel in different jobs that build on a political science major. 
  • Ask students to debate a political science issue, such as diversity representation in government. 
  • Ask students to research and compare the creation of laws in different countries. 
  • Ask students to analyze a dataset to answer a political science research question (e.g., U.S. Census dataset to find relations between population density and political affiliation). 
  • Ask students to create the ideal political science curriculum.