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Political Science Databases

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CQ Press Electronic Library

1) CQ Researcher is a weekly publication that focuses on a specific topic in every issue. Recent topics include: “Straining the Safety Net: Is joblessness overwhelming aid programs?” and “Afghanistan Dilemma: Is President Obama pursuing the right course?” The CQ Researcher archive includes every issue published since the founding in 1923.
2) CQ Global Researcher is a monthly publication founded in 2007. Recent issues include: “Attacking Piracy: Can the growing global threat be stopped?” and “Fixing Capitalism: Will tighter rules prevent another global economic crisis?”
Each report is 25-30 pages long and includes include pro/con discussions about the issue topic as well as numerous color illustrations. Both publications can be searched simultaneously.
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ProQuest Congressional

Provides access to U.S. legislative information including legislative histories, bills, laws, regulations, committee hearings, reports and documents, and current legislative news. Much of the material is fulltext.

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PAIS Index

Indexes and provides citations and abstracts from the public and social policy literature of business, economics, education, health, law, international relations, public administration, government, political science, and other social sciences. Materials indexed are from all over the world and include journal articles, books, government documents, statistical compilations, conference proceedings, and research reports. Most records since 1985 include an abstract.

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Westlaw Campus

Westlaw Campus is a comprehensive legal research database

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Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Provides citations with abstracts to the literature of political science and related fields such as international relations, law, public administration and public policy. It indexes over 1,200 journals from the international serials literature.

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Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)

Provides citations and abstracts to over 4,000 journals covering most academic areas of study including biological sciences, economics, communications, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, and women’s studies. Approximately two-thirds of the articles are available as full text. Also contains images which can be accessed by clicking on the “image collections” icon.
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Access World News (NewsBank)

Selected full-text newspaper articles and newswires from the United States and abroad. Access World News is particularly strong in providing access to local, state, regional, and national news.

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Contemporary Women’s Issues

A full text database, international in scope, to newsletters, fact sheets, guides, research reports, and journals. Covers a wide range of gender issues including health, violence, education, law, economics, human rights, and so forth.

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Ethnic NewsWatch

A primarily fulltext collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Includes news, editorials, reviews, culture and history from 200 publications. Searchable in both English and Spanish.
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A primarily fulltext collection of international academic journals, magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, reports, papers and proceedings devoted to women’s and gender issues. Free text searching and complete indexing are available.

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Handbook of Latin American Studies

A bibliography of works on Latin America selected by scholars and edited by the Hispanic Division of The Library of Congress. The Handbook is multidisciplinary with coverage across the social sciences and humanities.

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Historical New York Times

Provides full text access to the New York Times up to three years ago. Historical New York Times provides information on a wide variety of topics including national and international news, biographies, social and economic issues, the arts, literature, music, the sciences, business, and much more. The database may be searched by author, dates, keywords, and title. Editorials, reviews, obituaries, photos, illustrations, and ads are included. Individual articles or the whole page may be viewed.

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A full text, full image archive of over 120 journals. Coverage of journals generally begins with their first volume and is updated to within three years of the current issue. Allows keyword searching of the full text of all articles, as well as browsing of particular journal issues. Subject strengths are African-American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, ecology, economics/finance, general science, history, literature, math/statistics, philosophy, political science, population/demography, and sociology.
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Project Muse

Access to the full text of more than 100 journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and mathematics from Johns Hopkins University Press and other publishers.

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Social Sciences Full Text (Wilson Web)

Provides citations, abstracts, and selected full text to articles in over 350 leading English language periodicals in a broad array of the social sciences. Subject coverage includes anthropology, criminology, law, political science, psychology, sociology and women’s studies.
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