Sometimes it is useful to get an overview of a topic before starting your research. There are dozens of specialized encyclopedias and handbooks that cover the field of Political Science generally, and more specifically, its many subfields.
One way to find out what's out there is to do a keyword search in the MERLIN book catalog. You can try a combination of terms such as
|encyclopedia and politics||handbook and congress||encyclopedia and politics and women|
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