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Research Guide - Political Science

Electronic Research Databases

Print Research Indexes

Finding Journals

Style Guide

Library of Congress Classification System

Web Sites of Interest


Electronic Research Databases

CQ Researcher (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Covers social, economic, political, and environmental issues and contains four expanded issues per year on topics such as War and Terrorism and Distance Learning.

JSTOR - Arts &Sciences I (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - The Arts & Sciences I Collection includes the complete back runs of 117titles in fifteen disciplines. Established in 1997, it is JSTOR's first collection and includes many of the core research and society published journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. This collection also includes a selection of titles in the more science-oriented fields of ecology, mathematics, and statistics.

Project Muse (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) 250 full text electronic journalshumanities and social sciences titles covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.

Facts On File (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Reference resources to answer questions about events, issues, statistics and people. World News Digest, Today's Science, and Issues & Controversies.

Ethnic NewsWatch (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - An interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Designed to provide the "other side of the story," ENW titles offer additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press. Coverage begins in 1990.

LexisNexis Academic (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs, including: national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources; U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information; Shepard’s Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789; and business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news.

Academic Search Elite (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides full text for more than 2,050 publications, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,468 journals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.

America: History and Life (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Is a complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Published since 1964, the database comprises over 490,000 bibliographic entries for periodicals dating back to 1954, providing an incomparable research tool for students and researchers of US and Canadian history.

Historical Abstracts (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). This database is packed with annotated references to information on topics from the Renaissance to Tiananmen Square—over half a million entries in all.

Readers Guide Retrospective (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides searching of nearly 100 years of coverage from some 375 U.S. magazines. Reports of historical events from the perspective of when they happened. Time span 1890-1982.

The New York Times – Historical Collection (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - A unique full-image archive of the entire historical run of The New York Times, the definitive voice of American journalism since 1851. The database delivers every page of every issue from cover to cover, with full-page and article images in downloadable PDF. And the database just keeps growing, with a new year’s content added annually. The Historical New York Times gives researchers quick, accurate Web access to history as it was reported by the nation’s leading newspaper with: complete coverage from 1851-2001; display and classified ads; comics and cartoons; photos, maps, graphics, etc; editorials and commentary; unmatched journalistic breadth and depth; fair, objective reporting; first-class literary criticism; and in-depth coverage of science and politics.

New York Times (Current 5 Years) (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Most recent edition to the past five years in full text.

Biography Resource Center (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - This database combines biographies and full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) – Online encyclopedia.

Polling the Nations (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) – Contains 500,000 questions from surveys conducted in the United States and 100 other countries around the world from 1986 to the present. This unique resource is a valued research tool used in hundreds of academic libraries, government agencies, and businesses. Polls are useful because they present a snapshot of public opinion. Since Polling the Nations has information from a wide range of sources (more than 700 polling organizations), it presents a photo album. This breadth of information provides the opportunity to analyze trends, compare attitudes, and contrast opinion and behavior on more than 5000 topics. It is not surprising that Polling the Nations has become a widely used standard reference tool.

CIAO - Columbia International Affairs Online (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) – Source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

CountryWatch (Link to Database On-campus/Off-campus) - Providing country specific geopolitical intelligence on each of the 192 countries of the world.

SYBWorld (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Source of political,economic and social information

Annual Reviews (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 30 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences.

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Print Research Indexes

AI3 .H91- Humanities index – Location: Vol 1– 20 – Index Area

JA27 .A22- ABC pol sci. Advance bibliography of contents: political science & government – Location: Vol 1– 32 – Index Area

Z7164 .E2 P97- PAIS international in print - Public Affairs Information Service -Location: 1991 – 1998 – Index Area


Finding Journals

Guide to Periodicals & Periodical Articles.

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List (link to search screen) to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals – Law & Political Science. "Free full text, quality controlled ... scholarly journals."


Style Guide 

Visit the ARC - Academic Resource Center for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library at Calvin College - this is a citation creation tool.

Visit bibme, an online bibliography maker for help with APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles.

PE1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference / Diana Hacker - Location - Circulation Desk

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Library of Congress Classification System – LC Subject

J General legislative and executive papers

JA Political science (General)

JC Political theory

JF Political institutions and public administration - General

JJ Political institutions and public administration - North America

JK Political institutions and public administration - United States

JK1-9993 Political institutions and public administration

JK1-9593 United States

JK(401)-1685 Government. Public administration

JK501-(901) Executive branch

JK631-(873) Civil Service. Departments and agencies

JK(1001)-(1443) Congress. Legislative branch

JK1154-1276 Senate

JK1308-(1443) House of Representatives

JK1606-1685 Government property, etc.

JK1717-(2248) Political rights. Practical politics

JK(1756)-1761 Citizenship

JK1846-(1936) Suffrage

JK(1961)-(2248) Electoral system

JK2255-2391 Political parties

JK2403-9593 State government

JK9663-9993 Confederate States of America

JL Political institutions and public administration - Canada, West Indies, Mexico, Central and South America

JN Political institutions and public administration - Europe

JQ Political institutions and public administration - Asia, Arab countries, Islamic countries, Africa, Atlantic Ocean islands, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Ocean islands

JS Local government. Municipal government

JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration

JX International law, see KZ (obsolete)

JZ International relations

Maps of the United States -  Maps from the Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.

GPO Access - Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation - Interprets and provides court rulings affecting sections of the constitution.

United States Government Manual – "Official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees. The Manual begins with reprints of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution."

AMDOCS – Documents for the Study of American History.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates 1774-1873 - A linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.

National Archives and Records Administration - Features online exhibtis and documents.

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States – "This online service makes available material that was compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, in hardcover printed volumes entitledThe Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States."

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents – "The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration and contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week."

County and City Data Book – "This resource provides access to the electronic versions of the 1988, 1994, and 2000 County and City Data Books."

FEDSTATS – "The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies." 

Statistical Abstract of the United States – "Collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States."

Fed World – "The FedWorld.gov web site is a gateway to government information."

Supreme Court of the United States - History of the court, docket, history of cases and rulings. 

Thomas – "Legislative Information on the Internet."  

U.S. Census Bureau - The government site for Census information and publications.

U.S. House of Representatives - Represenative information, current proceedings, voter information, and acrhives.  

U.S. Senate - Senator information, committee actions, and history of legislation records.

GPO Access: Catalog of Congressional Bills – "GPO Access contains all published versions of bills from the 103rd (1993-1994) Congress forward."

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States of America - Record of the legislative proceedings from 1991 through 1999.  
 
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research – "Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is the leading educational facility in the field of public opinion. The Center exists to promote the intelligent, responsible and imaginative use of public opinion in addressing the problems faced by Americans and citizens of other nations.  In an increasingly complex and interdependent global environment, the Roper Center hopes to foster increased international understanding and to promote cross-national research. Through the maintenance of the world's largest archive of survey data, and through its programs of publication, presentation and advanced research, the Roper Center strives to improve the practice of survey research and the use of survey data in the United States and abroad."

FirstGov.gov - The "home page" of American government.  Alphabetical listing of all government agencies; all branches of government; links to all state governments.

The National Security Archive  - "The Archive is simultaneously a research institute on international affairs, a library and archive of declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, a public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information…"

U. S. Dept. of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics - Current information and statistics on unemployment, productivity, pay, benefits and other related topics.

Guide to Law Online – Library of Congress – "An annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information."

Legal Information Institute - "Known internationally as a leading 'law-not-com' provider of public legal information. We offer all opinions of the United States Supreme Court handed down since 1992, together with over 600 earlier decisions selected for their historic importance, over a decade of opinions of the New York Court of Appeals, and the full United States Code."

Library of Congress HLAS online - Handbook of Latin American studies - "The Handbook is a bibliography on Latin American consisting of works selected and nnotated by scholars. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities."

The Supreme Court Historical Society - "The Society, a private non-profit organization, is dedicated tot he collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States. Incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1974..."

American attitudes: program on international policy attitudes - "The program on International Policy Attitudes is a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes and the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland. The Center on Policy Attitudes is a group of social science researchers that was established in 1992. Its purpose is to give the public a greater voice in the public policy process by seeking to discern public opinion on public policy and to communicate its findings to the policy community, academia and the press."

POTUS - Presidents of the United States - information on all United States Presidents compiled by the Internet Public Library.

Landmark Supreme Court Cases - "This site was developed to provide teachers with a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases, helping students explore key issues of each case. The 'Resources' section features basic building blocks sucah as background summaries and excerpts of opinions that can be used in multiple ways."

Federal Election Commission - Searchable campaign donation disclosure database going back to 1999.

National Conference of State Legislatures - Information on how all 50 state legislatures function.

Public Agenda - "Nonpartisan opinion research and civic engagement organization helping Americans explore and understand critical issues."


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