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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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AllAfrica.com
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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Bills & Laws
A bill is a legislative proposal brought before Congress in either the House or the Senate. There are numerous different bill versions that track a bill through the legislative process from introduction through passage by both chambers (enrolled version). A law is a bill that has been passed by both chambers of Congress and signed by the President.
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Committee Prints
Information briefings or research reports requested by a committee member and include topics related to their legislative or research activities.
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Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors
At the end of each session of Congress, all of the daily editions of the Congressional Record Daily Edition (see entry below) are collected, re-paginated, and re-indexed into a permanent, bound edition. This permanent edition, referred to as the Congressional Record Bound Edition, is made up of one volume per session of Congress, with each volume published in multiple parts, each part containing approximately 10 to 20 days of Congressional proceedings.
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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
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the non-partisan public policy research arm of the United States Congress. CRS experts prepare reports to assist members of Congress throughout the legislative process providing background information and data on public policy issues.
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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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Executive Branch Documents
Executive Branch Documents (items not printed in the U.S. Serial Set-see entry below) includes a complete annotated bibliography and full text of all Executive Branch Documents listed in the 1909 Checklist, indexed by subjects, names, agency report numbers, and SuDocs Classification. The 1909 Checklist was created in 1911 by the U.S. Superintendent of Documents, and is the only systematic effort to provide a complete listing of all documents published by the U.S. Government in its first 120 years. In addition, Executive Branch Documents includes documents from 1910-1932.
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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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FDsys
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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GovEngine
A private meta-site that organizes access to federal, state, and local government information online. Current
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GovSearch
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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Hearings
A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a federal law.
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HeinOnline
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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House & Senate Documents
House & Senate Documents consist of House Documents, Senate Documents and Senate Treaty Documents. House and Senate documents contain various kinds of materials ordered to be printed by both chambers of Congress. Documents can include reports of executive departments and agencies, as well as committee prints that were ordered to be printed as documents.
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House & Senate Reports
Congressional reports originate from congressional committees and deal with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. There are two types of reports, 1. House and Senate Reports: Reports of congressional committees concerning proposed legislation and/or contain findings on matters under investigation. 2. Senate Executive Reports: Reports of the Committee on Foreign Relations relating to treaties between the United States and foreign nations which have been submitted to the U.S. Senate for ratification, or are reports of various Senate committees regarding nomination of individuals.
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Instatrac
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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Legislative Histories
Legislative histories enable users to trace the development of a public law from its early consideration to its enactment, including developments that span more than one Congress.
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LexisNexis Academic
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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
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Scholarly journal articles on peace and conflict resolution in international affairs and psychology, 1964-present.
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PolicyFile
Full text policy papers from think tanks, research institutes, and agencies.
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PolicyMap
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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Serial Set
In the 19th century, the Serial Set included all kinds of special reports to Congress and other material, e.g.: various expeditions and explorations, communications from the President, reports from executive branch agencies, and House and Senate Journals. Currently, it is comprised of Senate and House documents, Senate and House Reports, Senate Executive Documents and Senate Executive Reports.
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Serial Set Maps
The Serial Set Maps collection is a collection of more than 70,000 maps printed as part of the Congressional Serial Set. Several Executive Branch agencies are the most prolific publishers of the maps including the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey.
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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
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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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WestlawNext
Same content as Westlaw Campus Research (see above) with different user interface.
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