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Political Science Guide

Contact Information

Melvin Gelman Library
2130 H St., NW, Suite 704
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-7549
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM

For manuscripts and collections inquiries:


Data Sets

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
Archive of computer-based research and instructional resources for the social sciences containing a plethora of social, political, and economic data.

Gallup Analytics 
Provides access to nearly a century of U.S. public opinion data (U.S. Tracker Poll) and a decade of international polling data (World Poll) at the country, state, and U.S. city levels.  Access is restricted to GW students, faculty, and staff.  Interested users should contact Megan Potterbush,, or David Ettinger,


Database of Political Institutions
The Database of Political Institutions presents institutional and electoral results data such as measures of checks and balances, tenure and stability of the government, identification of party affiliation and ideology, and fragmentation of opposition and government parties in the legislature. 


Primary Sources in Gelman Library Special Collections

The Special Collections Research Center at Gelman Library has the following collections relating to political management:


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