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Political Science 494/WGS 475: Gender, Race and Political Representation in the U.S.: State-Level Government Information

Useful Titles

  • Book of the States
    • Comparative statistics and essays on all 50 states and territories.  Published annually. 
  • Inside the Legislative Process--JK2495.I57
    • State by state comparison (somewhat dated) of procedures and norms in state legislatures--REFERENCE
  • State Yellow Books (newest copy in Reference, older copes in Library Service Center):
    • The State Yellow Book includes detailed listings of the Executive Branches and Legislative Branches of all 50 states.--JK2403.S77 



Essential Web Sites

Searching Tips

For general titles on particular states and their political environment and context, try a search in DiscoverE such as:

  • politics and government [+state]
    • ​Here is a canned search for California.  You can also manipulate this search by change the terms in the query.

Woodruff Library has actively been collecting and adding text books and scholarly studies of state politics.  Textbooks are often a popular place to acquire basic information on the legislative and executive policy making process and context of each state over time.  We recently acquired many new state-specific titles, and more are on order (including new editions of existing texts).  Be sure to use bibliographies as necessary in these titles to further your research and build your references.  You may also need to use interlibrary loan for some titles.  Check for availability of titles via worldcat.

Statistical abstracts are also good places to commence your research on individual states.

  • statistics [+state]

For comparative statistics, you may also wish to check out the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. and/or the City and County Databook. Older editions of the Statistical Abstract are available in print, or online via the Census.

NOTE as well that in many cases there will be edited volumes that have chapters dedicated to specific states or geographical regions of the U.S.  In many cases, the library's catalog includes and incorporates tables of contents for said volumes.  With that said, just type in your state and politics in the searchbox.

Finally for good comparative studies, you may wish to consider the Book of the States, available since the 1940s.


State Campaign Financial Information

Emory has a collection of data on campaign contributions for candidates in state elections from the National Institute on Money in State Politics

Search Example


Use discoverE to find books, journals, videos, government documents, microfilm collections and other materials at the Emory libraries, which include Woodruff, Pitts Theology, Health Sciences Center, McMillan Law, Guy Chemistry, Math & Science Center and, Oxford libraries.

Other Strategies

Use to check on other relevant state level political titles that Emory may not own; check Worldcat for other library holdings.  Also ask Chris to see if he can order the title for the Emory library's collection.

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