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StarBest Bet Databases in Political Science

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Star
The international scholarly literature of political science, including articles, books, chapters, and reports, 1975-present.
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PAIS International Star
Articles, government documents, reports in the fields of public and social policy, political science, international relations 1915-.
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ProQuest Political Science Star
Full text political science periodical articles. Dates vary by title.
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Columbia International Affairs Online: CIAO Star
Full-text working and position papers, books, and journals, from international affairs research institutes, 1991-present.
Also known as: CIAO
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Additional Databases in Political Science

Academic Search Premier
A good starting point: articles from key journals in many scholarly disciplines, with some trade journals and magazines, 1975-present.
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News stories from a full range of local newspapers from all over the African continent, 1997-present.
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America: History and Life Full Text
Journal articles, dissertations, and book reviews, many in full text, relating to United States and Canadian history and prehistory, 1954-present.
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CQ Almanac
Activities of the US Congress and policy implications thereof, by date or topic, 1945-present.
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CQ Press Political Reference Suite
A starting point for federal government research. Directories, yearbooks, and documents from all three branches. Current.
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CQ Researcher
Well-documented full text overviews of current issues, including bibliographies and chronologies. Produced by Congressional Quarterly, 1923-present.
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CQ Weekly
A publication detailing and analyzing the activities of the U.S. Congress. This searchable version dates back to 1983.
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Criminal Justice Abstracts
Journal articles, books, and dissertations on criminology, justice system, police, corrections, crime prevention, and victim's rights, 1968 to present.
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CRS Reports
Reports by the public policy research arm of the U. S. Congress on current issues and their legal and legislative status, 1970-present. Library doesn't subscribe to tabbed extras like Bills, Memebers & Votes, etc.
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Declassified Documents Reference Service
78,000 government documents declassified by the 1967 Freedom of Information Act.
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Digital National Security Archive
Declassified documents of the NSA and predecessor agencies, 1882-present.
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Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law
Covers history, politics and sociology of U.S./Native American relations
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Environment Index
Citations to articles on the environment from scientific, legal, and popular journals, 1950ís- present.
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Europa World Year Book
A very useful encyclopedia and directory of the world's countries. Substantive coverage of government, demographics, history, and much more. Current.
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European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750
Comprehensive bibliography of books, pamphlets and other records written in European countries on the Americas. A companion to Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana.
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Expanded Academic ASAP
Articles from scholarly and general-interest periodicals relating to the humanities, social sciences, and non-technical general sciences, 1980-present.
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Access to Congressional bills and reports; public laws and regulations; executive and federal agency documents; a catalog of government publications, and links to government websites.
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A private meta-site that organizes access to federal, state, and local government information online. Current
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A directory of federal, state, municipal and county government personnel, officials, offices and programs.
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Guide to U.S. Elections, 6th Edition
Historical coverage of federal and gubernatorial elections in the United States.
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Includes complete coverage beginning with the first volume of more than 1,200 law and law-related periodicals, classic legal treatises from the 18th and 19th centuries, and English Reports, Full Reprint (1220-1867).
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Historical Abstracts Full Text
Journal articles, many in full text, and citations to books and dissertations on world history from 1450, published 1954-present.
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Historical Washington Post
Paper of record of the nation's capital, 1877-1995.
Also known as: Washington Post
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Information about the legislative process in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including bill tracking and a legislative calendar, 2005-present.
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International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Articles, with bibliographies, from experts on all aspects of the social sciences. Current.
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International Political Science Abstracts
Citations to articles from international political science periodicals, 1951-present.
Also known as: IPSA
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Latin American Newspapers
Thirty five searchable newspapers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and elsewhere, 1805-1922.
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Left Index
Citations to articles in leftist periodicals, on labor, ecology & environment, race, social & cultural theory, 1982-present.
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LexisNexis Academic
In Firefox, requires v. 21.0 or higher.
Massive database of US and international newspapers; case and statutory law and law reviews; business periodicals, 1980-present.
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Monthly Catalogue of US Government Publication
Provides references for all US government publications from 1895-June 1976. Post-1976 publications indexed here.
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Nineteenth Century Collections Online
A growing collection of primary sources and literature, mainly British so far.
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OECD iLibrary
Books, reports and data on OECD countries, Coverage from 1998 to present, with data sets back to the 1960s.
Also known as: SourceOECD
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Peace Research Abstracts
Scholarly journal articles on peace and conflict resolution in international affairs and psychology, 1964-present.
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Full text policy papers from think tanks, research institutes, and agencies.
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Map-creation tool for visualizing many categories of data: income, housing, quality of life, federal guidelines, and more.
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Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions
Covers roles and functions of state government, with regional overviews.
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Political Parties of the World
Overview of political system and parties for each country in the world.
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Political Theory: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary and Classic Te
Covers political concepts, themes, issues, movements, groups, and schools of thought.
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Project Muse EBooks
Several hundred online university press books on film, performing arts, and politics and policy, 2012. Downloadable by chapter in pdf.
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ProQuest Congressional
Hearings, bills, laws and legislative histories, committee prints, Congressional Research Service reports, Congressional Record and predecessors, Executive Branch docs to 1932, and the Serial Set.
Also known as: LexisNexis Congressional
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ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection
A combination of several of the vendor's databases related to the social sciences, some in full text.
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Sage Journals
More than 645 journals in business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine, 1999-present.
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Social Sciences Abstracts
Citations to journal articles in the social sciences, 1983-present.
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Social Sciences Citation Index
Works poorly with Safari.
Provides indexing and citation tracking for journals in all the social sciences, 1900-present.
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State House News Service
Twenty-five user sessions per day.
Wire service for Massachusetts state government news.
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United Nations Treaty Collection
Contains the texts of over 50,000 bilateral and multilateral treaties and agreement, in their original languages and French and English, 1920ís-present.
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Westlaw Campus Research
Legal encyclopedias, law reviews, and legal treatises; case, statutory, and regulatory law; newspapers and magazines; business data, 1980's-present.
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Same content as Westlaw Campus Research (see above) with different user interface.
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