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Political Science 326: American State Government: Starting your research

Guide for Political Science 326, American State Government taught by Professor Jenna Bednar

Tips for Searching Mirlyn for State Info

To find books on state government try using a subject search in Mirlyn.

[State] politics and government

e.g. California Politics and Government

You can also search Mirlyn using the State as the Author.  If you find that you're getting hits from non-governmental state associations then try searching with a state agency or legsilature as the author

e.g. Michigan Legislature

e.g. Michigan Dept. of Education


State Manuals/Blue Books

State of Michigan Websites

State of Michigan Official Web Site

Directory of Websites for State of Michigan -  A breakdown of content areas, agencies and branches of government.

Citizen's Guide to State Government (.pdf). Published by the Michigan Legislature.

  • Find your representatives 
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • State committees and subcommittees
  • Contact information for Michigan departments (e.g. Dept. of Agriculture, Education, Corrections, Civil Rights)

Using Google to Search State Websites

You can restrict a Google search to a specific domain by adding site:domain.  Most states follow the [state name].gov domain convention but it's good to double check.  To search for foreclosure prevention information from the State of Michigan website you could try Googling: "foreclosure prevention"


Subject Guide

Catherine Morse
Government Information, Law and Political Science Librarian

Clark Library

Hatcher Graduate Library 2 South 734-936-2333