Finding Government Information: Political Science

Government documents can be useful in researching many Political Science topics. At the Robertson Library, some government documents are catalogued; use the Library Catalogue to locate these. For those government documents which are not catalogued, check Finding Government Information for sites which may be useful in identifying relevant documents.

The following are examples of government publications which can be useful when researching Political Science topics:

Canada Year Book (former title: Statistical Year-Book of Canada) (1872- )
Compilation of basic statistics and news on the social and economic life of Canada. Now issued every two years. Canada e-Book is an electronic counterpart.
REF: HA744.S81

Canadian Economic Observer
A monthly summary of economic indicators and statistics with quarterly or monthly figures for the most recent two years. Includes seasonally adjusted major indicators and charts as well as articles on general economic conditions and special subjects. Selected articles 1998- available to UPEI users through CBCA.  February 2003 (Vol. 16, No, 2) - June 2012 (Vol. 25, No.6) available online through the Statistics Canada website.
Government Documents: CS11-010

CANSIM is Statistics Canada's detailed socio-economic database containing approximately 13 million time series. 

Provides a gateway to statistical information from more than 100 agencies in the U.S. federal government. Includes statistical profiles of States, counties, cities, Congressional Districts, and Federal judicial districts.
Historical Statistics of Canada (2nd edition)
Provides text and historical tables showing Canada's development from 1867 to 1975. The statistics are derived from many sources and include social, economic, and political time series covering 22 topics. This information is also available on the Web at
REF: HA746.U7 1983 AND Government Documents: CS11-516E

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
Historical compendium of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
REF: HA202.B87 1975

Historical Statistics of the States of the United States : Two Centuries of the Census, 1790-1990
Provides state (and District of Columbia) level data on population, agriculture, and manufacturing. The population of cities having more than 100,000 people in 1990 are included from 1790-1990. A glossary of terms is included.
REF: HA214.D63 1993

InfoPEI Statistics
Part of the Government of P.E.I. Website; includes Census information, economic indicators, and demographic statistics.

Prince Edward Island Statistical Review
Latest edition also available on the Web at
Special Collections: HA74.P75P7

Prince Edward Island Statistics: Past and Present
Compilation of statistical information on the people, economy, and government of Prince Edward Island.
REF: HA747.P7P69

Statistical Abstract of the United States (1878- )
The standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Selected information available on the Web at
REF: HA202.A3

Statistics Canada
Statistics Canada is the official source for Canadian social and economic statistics and products.

United States Census Bureau
The American counterpart to Statistics Canada.

Created by: Cathy Callaghan, B.A., M.L.S.
Date Created: 30-June-2000
Date Revised: 3-October-2013