Search Catalyst for books in the library collection, using keywords such as "state government," "handbook state politics," "local government Maryland". Or a more precise search could be a subject search on "State government - United States".
If you need an overview of state government and politics, we have some introductory books available. Here are some samples:
LexisNexis State Capital is a database of the United States 50 states’ laws and regulations. One can search for the status or text of bills and find state statutes or find summaries of state laws. Also, there are summaries of regulations and searchable full-text of regulations. In addition, there is information about state legislators, their staffs and state offices. Material on state-specific issues can be found in the State Net Capitol Journal, NCSL LegisBriefs, NCSL State Legislatures Magazine, NCSL State Legislative Reports, and the State Newspapers of Record.
National Conference of State Legislatures
NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.
Council of State Governments Knowledge Center
Data and reports from the CSG organized by policy issue.
Comparisons for states and territories with tables, charts and figures illustrating how state government operates. It also includes more than 30 articles from state leaders, innovative thinkers, noted scholars and CSG’s in-house policy experts that analyze and report on the transformations taking place in state government.
Finding Historical Sources
Library Newspapers Collection
A list of databases of newspapers, both historical and current, in the library collection.
Ancestry Library lets you search public records for your biographical or genealogical research. Records from the US census, military, immigration, and vital records are available. While records are available from all continents, the focus of the collection is on North America and Europe. Off-campus access is limited to students and faculty only.