Category Archives: Political Science

Political Science: Top Databases

These are the top Political Science-specific databases that we recommend looking in for articles. If you’re not entirely sure yet what you need, try checking out the list of “General” databases; they’re often the best place to start. Also, try clicking “Social Sciences” in the drop-down menu.

Keep going to the bottom of this list to see the rest of our Political Science databases, as well as a list at the very end of other online and book sources you may find useful.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
Journal articles, books, working papers from university research institutes, papers series from NGOs, and conference proceedings relating to international affairs.

CQ Researcher
All CQ Researcher reports offer in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. These are a great source for pro-and-con arguments, statistics, graphs and charts, etc. on current issues and events.

GPO (Government Printing Office) Access
Access to U.S. Government Publications

Legal Periodicals Full-Text
Full-text indexing of the most important legal journals (with scholarly articles) and books, in the English language and also with international coverage. Also includes symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews, etc.

Population Index
Population Index is the primary reference tool to the world’s population literature

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher
All CQ Researcher reports offer in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. These are a great source for pro-and-con arguments, statistics, graphs and charts, etc. on current issues and events.

Science Citation Index

Science Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
ISI Web of Knowledge provides keyword and citation searching of scholarly journals in the sciences & social sciences from 1986 to present.

Political Science: More Resources

Online Journals

Annual Review of Political Science
Full-text from 1998 – present

Online Resources

American Political Science Association

Brookings Institution
“The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans and; secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.”

Cato Institute
“The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization – a think tank – dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.”

Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Audio Archive
From the University of California Santa Barbara, this project includes recordings of talks, conference proceedings, and more from Upton Sinclair, Milton Friedman, Mortimer Adler, Cesar Chavez, and Aldous Huxley.

CIA World Book Factbook

Constitution Finder

FactCheck.org: Annenberg Political Fact Check
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Performs research in the fields of political communication, information and society, media and the developing child, health communication and adolescent risk.

FedStats
A federal depository for statistics

INFOMINE click on the link for Visual & Performing Arts. Provided by the University of California Riverside.

National Political Index

Opensecrets.org: Center for Responsive Politics; money in politics data

Policy Studies Organization
“The international association for decision makers.”

Political Advocacy Groups
“All national ’cause lobbyist’ organizations will be considered for this list. As defined by Alan Rosenthal in his 1993 book The Third House: Lobbyists and Lobbying in the States a ’cause lobbyist’ advocates for or against a particular cause like environmentalism or feminism instead of on behalf of a corporation.”

Political Database of the Americas
From the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. “The Political Database of the Americas is a non-governmental internet-based project that provides reference materials, primary documents, comparative studies and statistical data for countries in the Western Hemisphere.”

PoliticalInformation.com

Public Agenda Online

Public Agenda Online: Federal Budget

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senators

StateNet

Supreme Court Decisions
From Cornell University Law School

The Center for Legislative Archives
From the National Archives

Thomas (Library of Congress): Legislative Information on the Internet

U.S. Congress Votes Database
From the Washington Post

United Nations World Digital Library

White House

In the Library

Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to Congress
Congressional Quarterly / Ref JK1021 .C559 2000 (2 volumes)

Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court
CQ Press / Ref KF8742 .W567 2004 (2 volumes)

Congressional Quarterly’s guide to U.S. Elections
CQ Press / Ref JK1967 .C662 2001 (2 volumes)

Guide to the Presidency
Congressional Quarterly / Ref JK516 .C57 1996 (2 volumes)