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CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 countries and other world entities.
Provides in-depth, unbiased reports on today's current and controversial issues. Each lengthy report covers a single topic and includes summaries, pros and cons, bibliographies and more.
Encyclopedia of Governance ( SRO )
The Encyclopedia of Governance offers information on topics related to the changing nature and role of the state in recent times and the ways in which these roles have been conceptualized in the areas of political science, public administration, political economy, and sociology.
Encyclopedia of Political Theory ( SRO )
Examines the ideas of the major political theorists from before Plato to our own times: the main schools of political thought; the concepts and issues that have interested political theorists; and some of the main institutions and practices inspired by political thought.
Points of View
Contains essays that present multiple sides of current issues. The database covers 250 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and critical thinking guide. The database also indexes magazine and newspaper articles, radio and TV transcripts, and primary source documents related to each topic.
Political Science Complete
Political Science Complete covers global political topics with a worldwide focus including comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, non-governmental organizations and political theory. The database includes top-ranked scholarly journals plus reference books, monographs and conference papers, which includes those from the International Political Science Association.
Westlaw Campus Research
Westlaw Campus Research provides access to primary and secondary legal research materials including federal and state court cases, court rules, law reviews and law journals, legal encyclopedias plus federal and state statutes and administrative regulations. Among the resources included in the database are: American Jurisprudence, American Law Reports, the United States Code Annotated, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the Federal Register.
HeinOnline is a database of legal resources, including laws, regulations, some trial and court reports, treaties, monographs, law journals, and a variety of other materials dealing with United States and foreign law. The database covers private and public international law, intellectual property and legal history. Law journals and legal periodicals are available from the beginning issue of each periodical to the most current allowed under contract.
Academic Search Ultimate (previously Complete)
Features thousands of full-text journal articles covering a broad range of topics including current events, government, politics, public policy and law as well as topics in areas such as science, social science, the humanities and many other fields.
Finding Government Information
Congress.gov offers access to a wide range of legislative information on the U.S. Congress, including the full text of the Congressional Record and bills for the 93rd to the present Congress, House and Senate roll call votes, legislative action on Presidential nominations and treaties, committee reports, and days-in-session and House floor calendars. Classroom activities, lesson plans, and links to primary resources designed for use by teachers are also offered.
Catalog of US Government Publications
The Catalog includes descriptive records for historical and current publications issued by all branches of the federal government, including Congress, the Supreme Court, and executive branch departments. Many documents published in recent years are available in full-text through a direct link.
GovTrack.us tracks legislation and votes in the United States Congress and provides information on members of Congress, bills and resolutions, voting records and Congressional committees
US Presidential Library ( HeinOnline )
The US Presidential Library brings together government documents and related materials on the US Presidency including the Compilation of messages and papers of the Presidents (1789-1929), Public papers of the Presidents (1931-), the Weekly compilation of presidential documents (1965-), the Daily compilation of presidential documents (2009-), the portion of the Code of Federal Regulations which relates to the presidency, and books by and about individual presidents or the presidency.
US Supreme Court Library ( HeinOnline )
The US Supreme Court Library brings together government documents and related materials on the Supreme Court including the Supreme Court Reports, the Rules of the Supreme Court, Congressional Research Service analyses of court opinions, and books and periodicals dealing with the Court.
PolicyMap is an online data and mapping application that gives you access to over 15,000 indicators related to demographics, housing, crime, mortgages, health, jobs and more. Data is available at all common geographies (address, block group, census tract, zip code, county, city, state, MSA) as well as unique geographies like school districts and political boundaries. Data comes from both public and proprietary sources.
American Community Survey
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year -- giving communities the information they need to plan investments and services.
Data USA combines publicly accessible US government data from a variety of sources to create unique maps and visualizations which provide insight on critical public policy issues such as poverty, income, education, occupations, and public health.
The Data.gov catalog brings together datasets from hundreds of US agency sources across the US federal government and from 50 non-federal sources. This resource is a library of datasets that can be downloaded and manipulated. For access to statistical data in an end-user friendly format, see PolicyMap, the American Community Survey, or DataUSA.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
Although no longer published, this was an indispensable reference for "statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included." Previous editions up to the final edition in 2012 are available. For more current information, please consult one of the other resources listed in this section.
Finding Public Opinion Research
Pew Global Attitudes Project - United States
The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project conducts public opinion surveys around the world on a broad array of subjects ranging from people’s assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day.
Finding Historical Government Documents
American State Papers ( 1789 - 1838 )
The American State Papers contain the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838. The collection includes documents that cover the critical historical gap from 1789 to the printing of the first volume of the U.S. Serial Set in 1817.
US Congressional Serial Set ( 1817 - 1980 )
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, originally published in approximately 13,800 bound volume.
Citation Style Guides
A free, online citation generator. Enter the information about your source and create a citation for your bibliography in APA, MLA, or Chicago.
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