Library Research Guide: Political Science & International Affairs
Databases (Scholarly Articles)
- ProQuest Research Library – full-text articles and citations to articles relevant to many subjects including political science (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
- Academic Search Premier – “This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles,” including political science topics (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
- JSTOR – offers full-text access to archival and current issues of over 1,400 scholarly journal titles in more than 50 subject areas, including 146 titles in Political Science (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
- Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe – Provides full-text of many newspapers as well as full-text of legal and political research. (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
U.S. Government Websites
- THOMAS – provides full-text summaries of bills, resolutions, links to references in the Congressional Record. Includes full-text of public laws. Users can search by subject, topic, bill number, bill type or bills enacted.
- GPO Access – Offers full-text access to major publications, reports, documents, etc. published by the federal government. Features the full-text of congressional reports.
U.S. Government Policy
- CQ Weekly – Comprehensive source for coverage of the U.S. Congress: status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity, backroom maneuvering, and in-depth reports on issues looming on the congressional horizon. (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access.)
- Policy Archive – easy-to-use, free, and open digital archive of foundation-funded and other public policy research.
- Open CRS – Open CRS provides citizens access to Congressional Research Service Reports that are in the public domain. This is an extensive, though not comprehensive, collection of CRS reports that have been released.
- United Nations (UN) – links and information on UN bodies, committees, annual reports, areas of work and numerous publications.
- Official Documents of the United Nations – covers all types of official United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993. Older UN documents are, however, added to the system on a daily basis. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards.
- Constitution Finder – This site maintained by the University of Richmond provides links to Constitutions of numerous countries throughout the world.
- International Statistical Agencies – This webpage maintained by the U.S. Census Bureau provides links to the Statistical Agencies of countries worldwide.
- OECD: International Development Statistics -The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Their website provides statistical information as well as reports on topics such as public governance, regulatory reform, and development.
- U.S. AID – USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. Their website provides information on the work the agency has carried out with respect to topics such as Education, Democracy & Governance, Economic Growth and Trade, etc.
- The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection – Part of the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress, this site contains transcripts of interviews with U.S. diplomatic personnel capture their experiences, motivations, critiques, personal analyses, and private thoughts. These elements are crucial to understanding the full story of how a structure of stable relationships that maintained world peace and protected U.S. interests and values was built.
- Foreign Affairs Online – A website designed to assist students and other individuals interested in International Relations, International Law, and U.S. Foreign Policy, maintained by Robert Beck, Ph.D.
- Internet Public Library: Law, Government, and Political Science – Contains links to a large variety of Internet resources pertaining to Political Science and Foreign Affairs.