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American Government Guide: Home

This guide describes the best sources in the library and online to find reliable information on American government.


This research guide is intended to help you find current political or controversal issues. You will find databases, books and websites listed. Librarians at Skagit Valley college welcome your inquiries and hope to make your research experience successful. 

Contact a librarian:

Mount Vernon Campus: Norwood Cole Library

      360.416.7847 or

Whidbey Island Campus

      360.675.5321 or

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The 5 Top Sources of Information


These are the 5 best sources for you to start with. 


Academic Search Premier and/or ProQuest Direct

EbscoHost and ProQuest are article databases with articles from magazines, journals and newspapers.  They are available 24/7 with reliable sources.  Both databases have full-text articles (you can read them online).  You can print, copy, or e-mail articles and you get help with citing.

Films on Demand

  Find film clips or complete films on your topic. You can download the url for a paper, class presentation, etc.

                Researches issues that are controversial and important, and  work to present them in a balanced, comprehensive, straightforward, and primarily pro-con format.

Facts on File Issues & Controversies

         provides a concise and thoroughly researched summary of issues and controversies in today's news, including historical background on the issues and a synopsis of all sides of the debate.

Purdue Online Writing Lab for MLA   


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