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Databases for Political Science

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Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,000 journals with full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications. Some 540 journals are specifically focused on political science.

1975--current | Some full text | More info

 

America: History & Life

Comprehensive coverage of articles from journals, book reviews, and dissertations published worldwide on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.  From pre-history to the present.  Search this database with Historical Abstracts for world coverage.

1964--current | Abstracts & citations only | More info

 

Campus Research New and Improved at WestlawNEXT

Powered by Westlaw, a comprehensive collection of news, business, and law-related information sources. Provides hundreds of newspapers--national and international, magazines, news wires, trade journals, and company information. Includes federal and state case law, statues, regulations, and administrative codes, as well as European Union information, law reviews and journals, American Law Reports, and American Jurisprudence 2d. Campus Research will soon be part of the new Westlaw database, WestlawNEXT.

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American Factfinder 2 | Legacy American Factfinder

From the U.S. Census Bureau, provides population, housing, economic, and geographic data.

 

CQ Researcher Plus Archive

Provides in-depth, unbiased coverage of health issues, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Including pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, it is useful for term papers, debates, and speeches. Use the archival reports for historical perspectives.

1923--current | Full text

 

CQ Weekly

online journal covering Congress, politics, and public policy. Includes roll call votes, floor action, Supreme Court decisions, and election coverage.

1983--current | Full text

 

FirstGov 

The official U.S. gateway to all governmental information.

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Google News Archive Search

Search the archives of newspapers, magazines, and other publications and  create time lines.

 

GPO Access

A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free access to a wealth of important information produced by the Federal Government. Information on all three branches of government, statistical abstracts, economic indicators, the Congressional Record, Supreme Court decisions, and much more. GPO migration to FDsys (Federal Digital System)to be completed in 2009. Search GPO Monthly Catalog through OCLC

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JSTOR

Provides access to scholarly journals. Our collection (Arts & Sciences 1) includes core journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. 9 titles are in the area of political science.

1800s--current | Full text

 
Minnesota State Legislature
Follow the actions of the House and the Senate; search statues, laws, and rules; get status and history of bills; research the history of legislation in Minnesota; and much more.
 

Newspapers/NewsStand

Access to over 500 national and international newspapers. Includes full text for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. (from ProQuest)

Some full text

 

OECD Factbook

Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics. A comprehensive and dynamic statistical annual publication from the OECD. More than 100 indicators cover a wide range of areas: agriculture, economic production, education, energy, environment, foreign aid, health, industry, information and communications, international trade, labour force, population, taxation, public expenditure, and R&D.

 

Political Handbook of the World 

Provides thorough and accurate information on the major aspects of each country's government and political party system. Profiles 120 intergovernmental organizations, such as OPEC, NATO, the WTO, world and regional banks, and the agencies and specialized bodies of the United Nations.

2005-2007, 2010 | Full text

 

Project MUSE

Comprehensive source for scholarly journals. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, religion, gender studies, economics, and many others.

Some full text| More info

 

Sage--Political Science

SAGE journals provide access to tiles in communication, economics, government, planning theory, political science, public administration, and urban policy.

1999--current | Full text

 

Salem History

Provides online access to the Milestone Documents of American Leaders reference set, a compilation of primary documents from notable Americans with commentary and analysis and The 50 States set, which offers up-to-date information on individual American states.

1754--current | Full text e-book

 

World Factbook CIA

Country information - demographics, economies, climate, geography, government, military, and more.

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Google Scholar 

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources.  Just click on "Find Full Text @SMU."

Some full text, some pay for view

 

Open Jurist

Open Jurist is a resource for access to the case law of the United States. The collection includes opinions from the:

 

Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 4,000 journal titles many of which are in full text. (from Gale's InfoTrac )

1980--current | Some full text | More info

 

National Constitution Center

Provides non-partisan information about elections, polling, voting, and issues relating to the US Constitution and US history

 

Social Science Research Network eLibrary Search

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research. It's eLibrary contains abstracts on over 399,600 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 328,300 downloadable full text documents. The eLibrary also includes the research papers of a number of Fee Based Partner Publications.

Full text/some-fee based | More info

 

WorldCat 

From OCLC, the largest, most comprehensive catalog of books and other materials, with records from over 55,000 libraries worldwide. Materials found in WorldCat may be borrowed through our interlibrary loan program.

Bibliographic records

 

All Social Science Databases | All SMU databases | Election coverage--federal & state


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