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Library Research Guides

Political Science

Find political science data, articles, encyclopedias, handbooks and information about quantitative and qualitative research methods along with information on writing dissertations, publishing, and non-traditional research methods like digital scholarship

Some Books about Non-Traditional Research Methods

Accessing Social Media Content

Sysomos MAP is a social media search engine that contains analytics for twitter, facebook, youtube as well as blogs and news websites. Search for tweets or posts by demographic group or geography. Analyze content sentiment and create basic visualizations of social media data.

In order to access Sysomos MAP you need to fill out a form. We have 1 seat available. Librarians will contact you to schedule your access time. These restrictions are in place so that no one interferes with your use of Sysomos MAP. If you have any questions please contact

Accessing News Content for Text Mining

Finding Government Information for Text Analysis

Finding Spatial Data

See the Geospatial Data Research Guide for finding geospatial data.

Contact the Clark Library at for help finding and using geospatial data.

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Support for Data Visualization

The Library offers support for data visualization at the Clark Library, Digital Media Commons, and Taubman Health Sciences Library. See the Library Data Visualization webpage for more information.

Support for GIS

The Library's Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SAND) provides support for GIS at the Clark Library and SAND North in the Art and Architecture Building.

The Guide to ArcGIS resources on campus provides information on how to find for-credit courses, open workshops and online modules on ArcGIS

GIS and Social Science Research