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Subject Guides

Political Science

  • America Votes
    Call Number: JK 1967 A8
  • Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science
    Call Number: JA 61 B43 1999
  • Citizen Action Encyclopedia
    Call Number: JS 303.5 H35 2002
  • CQ Guide to Current American Government
    Call Number: JK 1 C14
  • Dictionary of Diplomacy
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  • Dictionary of Political Biography
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  • Encyclopedia of the United Nations
    Call Number: KZ 4968 .M66 2002
  • Guide to the Presidency
    Call Number: JK 516 C57 2002
  • International Law and World Order
    Call Number: JX 68 I496
  • Oxford Companion to Politics of the World
    Call Number: JA 61 O95 2001
  • Political Handbook of the World
    Call Number: JF 37 P6 2007
  • Presidential Elections, 1789-2000
    Call Number: JK 524 .P6783 2002

Archives Unbound: Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984
Access: network restricted
Coverage: 1920-1984
Content: Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984 is a full text, full image database of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's previously classified files on prominent African Americans and African-American organizations. The documents total approximately 88,000 pages and include published material such as newspaper clippings, transcripts of public meetings and speeches, and reports of special agents, which sometimes refer to information provided by confidential informants. Subjects of the investigations include Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, and the Highland Folk School.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
Access: Network restricted
Coverage: 1991-present
Content: Journal articles, books, policy briefs, economic indicators, working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences. This resources is designed to be the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs.

CQ Weekly
Access: Network restricted
Coverage: 1983-present
Content: Non-partisan coverage of the U.S. Congress: status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity, and backroom maneuvering. CQ Weekly reports on issues looming on the congressional horizon plus a complete wrap up the previous week's news.

Europa World Yearbook
Access: Europa, network restricted
Coverage: varies
Content: Political and economic information for over 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Entries include detailed historic overviews and statistical data.

Global Issues in Context
Access: Restricted
Coverage: Varies
Content: Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues.

GPO Access
Access: Unrestricted
Coverage: varies
Content: The official web site of the Government Printing Office. Links to Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches as well as links to the Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Congressional Record, US Code, Congressional Bills, Catalog of Government Publications, and more.

Historic Documents
Access: Network restricted
Coverage: 1972-present
Content: Each volume includes approximately one hundred documents covering the most significant events of the year. These documents range from presidential speeches, international agreements, and Supreme Court decisions to U.S. governmental reports, scientific findings, and cultural discussions.

Access: Network restricted
Coverage: Varies by title
Content: Full-text Political Science journals include: American Journal of International Law, American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, World Politics, and many more.

Access: Restricted
Coverage: 1986 - current
Content: OxResearch delivers succinct articles analyzing economic and political developments worldwide, and evaluates issues within a coherent political, social, and economic framework. The objective, multidisciplinary articles are compiled by an international network of over 1,000 faculty members at Oxford and other leading universities, as well as think-tanks and other institutions of international standing. This powerful multi-disciplinary database helps students research and analyze the impact of probable developments on the business climate.

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)
Access: Network restricted
Coverage: 1972-present
Content: Citation indexing with abstracts of the literature of public policy, social policy, and the social sciences in general. Journal articles, books, government documents, statistical compilations, committee reports, directories, serials, reports of public, intergovernmental, and private organizations, and most other forms of printed literature from all over the world are indexed.

Project Muse
Access: Network restricted
Coverage: varies (most titles cover the previous 2-5 years)
Content: Full-text Political Science journals include: Africa Today, Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs, Global Environmental Politics, The Good Society, Human Rights Quarterly, International Security, Journal of Democracy, Journal of Policy History, SAIS Review,The Washington Quarterly, and many more.

ProQuest Political Science
Access: Restricted
Coverage: 1985 - current
Content: ProQuest Political Science gives users access to hundreds of leading political science and international relations journals, providing full-text of many core titles indexed in Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. In addition, over a thousand recent full-text doctoral dissertations on political science topics are included, together with working papers, conference proceedings, country profiles, political news and other sources.

ProQuest Social Science Journals
Access: Restricted
Coverage: Varies
Content: ProQuest Social Science Journals is a definitive resource for those who need access to a variety of scientific journals. The database includes over 1000 titles, with the majority available in full text.  It covers core disciplines across the social sciences including sociology, social work, anthropology, politics and other areas.

Who's Who
Access: On-campus only
Coverage: Electronic access to 20 print volumes, including updates
Content: (Eckerd login, on-campus only) Professional and personal profiles of key U.S. and international figures. Combining biographies included in twenty print volumes since 1985, it gives you the facts on over 1,000,000 people.

World Scholar: Latin America & the Caribbean
Access: Gale, network restricted
Coverage: varies
Content: A rich collection of primary source documents about Latin America and the Caribbean, including academic journals and news feeds covering the region, reference articles and commentary, maps and statistics as well as audio and video.

  • American President: An Online Reference Resource The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia has created this excellent site containing in-depth information reviewed by prominent scholars on each president and their administration.
  • American Presidents Created as a companion to the C-SPAN television series American Presidents: Life Portraits. Provides a look at each of the presidents, their families and administration. Resources include: Portrait Gallery, biographical facts, gravesites, key events, as well as access to the C-SPAN Video Library and the Congressional Chronicle.
  • Federal Digital SystemProvides free online acess to official Federal Government publications. Searchable documents include official publications of the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches such as Public Papers of the Presidents, the Congressional Record and Supreme Court Decisions.
  • Political Database of the Americas Reference materials, primary documents, comparative studies and statistical data for countries in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online Harvard Kennedy School of Government's publications including books, Faculty Research Working Papers Series, news publications, policy briefs and journals, and student publications.
  • Presidential Speech Archive The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia has created this excellent site containing in-depth information reviewed by prominent scholars on each president and their administration.
  • Thomas Legislative Information Full text bills, biographical information, committee reports, and daily congressional proceedings of the current Congress. Bill text is available from the 101st Congress to the present.

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