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Subject: Political Science databases

Political Science research guide

Political Science titles

  • American Memory additional information about this title    UW login not required

    History full-text archive that reproduces print, spoken words, sound recordings, photos, films, prints, maps and sheet music from the Library of Congress collections. On the free American Memory platform. NOTE: Most of the original American Memory collections have been migrated to the Library of Congress Digital Collections site.

  • Border and Migration Studies Online  additional information about this title  

    Border and Migration Studies Online is a collection that explores and provides historical background on more than thirty key worldwide border areas, including: U.S. and Mexico; the European Union; Afghanistan; Israel; Turkey; The Congo; Argentina; China; Thailand; and others. Featuring at completion 100,000 pages of text, 175 hours of video, and 1,000 images, the collection is organized around fundamental themes associated with border and migration issues.

  • Chatham House Online Archive  additional information about this title  

    Chatham House Online Archive contains the publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the world-leading independent international affairs policy institute founded in 1920 following the Paris Peace Conference. The Institute's analysis and research, as well as debates and speeches it has hosted, can be found in this online archive, subject-indexed and fully searchable.

  • CQ Almanac  additional information about this title  

    Database containing narrative accounts of every major piece of legislation that lawmakers considered during a congressional session. Arranged thematically, CQ Almanac organizes, distills, and cross-indexes for permanent reference the full year in Congress and in national politics. On the CQPress Electronic Library platform.

  • C-SPAN Video Library additional information about this title    UW login not required

    The C-SPAN Video Library is one of the most comprehensive video archives of governmental and political content, with over 230,000 hours of programming. The Video Library records all three C-SPAN networks seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Programs are extensively indexed, making the database of C-SPAN programming an unparalleled chronological resource.

  • Current Affairs in Video  additional information about this title  

    Current Affairs in Video features award-winning films and documentaries emphasizing detailed analysis and discussion of the critical political issues of the day. From the AIDS crisis in Africa to the worldwide impact of European economic instability, the growing interconnectedness of our world has informed a set of global priorities. This collection, growing to more than 500 hours of content allows students and scholars to view global events and trends through an interdisciplinary, multi-regional lens with a focus on core areas such as environmental policy; health policy; human rights, international justice and terrorism; institutional corruption; migration and the global economy; poverty; religious tension and conflict.

  • EveryCRSReport.com additional information about this title    UW login not required

    Congressional Research Service is Congress’ think tank, and its reports are relied upon by academics, businesses, judges, policy advocates, students, librarians, journalists, and policymakers for accurate and timely analysis of important policy issues. The reports are not classified and do not contain individualized advice to any specific member of Congress. EveryCRSReport.com includes over 8,600 CRS reports.

  • Factiva  additional information about this title  

    A global digital business aggregator that includes communications, technology, linguistics and political science content from newspapers, magazines, trade journals, blogs, and other sources.

  • Filmakers Library Online  additional information about this title  

    Multidisciplinary video-streaming platform presenting award-winning documentaries and independent films. The collection contains 1,019 films and 806 hours of content. Transcripts are available for 87% of the collection. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981  additional information about this title  

    Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981 addresses the policies, economies, political relationships and significant events of every major Middle East power. Conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli War, the Lebanese Civil War, and the Iranian Revolution are examined in detail, as are the military interventions and peace negotiations carried out by regional and foreign powers like the United States and Russia. Commercial interests are also scrutinised, with in-depth analyses of Middle East nations’ economic stability and reviews of international arm sales policies. The activities of oil producing nations such as Saudi Arabia are closely monitored, with particular reference to the Gulf States and members of OPEC. Utilising the significant collection of diplomatic correspondence, minutes, reports, political summaries and personality profiles, students and researchers can explore a decade characterised by conflict.

  • Fragile States Index   additional information about this title

    The Fragile States Index is an annual report published by the United States think-tank, The Fund for Peace. The list aims to assess states' vulnerability to conflict or collapse, ranking all sovereign states with membership in the United Nations where there is enough data available for analysis. (formerly the Failed States Index)

  • Gapminder   additional information about this title

    Gapminder identifies systematic misconceptions about important global trends and proportions and uses reliable data to develop easy-to-understand teaching materials to rid people of their misconceptions. Our mission is to fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based worldview everyone can understand. Gapminder is an independent Swedish foundation with no political, religious, or economic affiliations.

  • Global Issues Library  additional information about this title  

    Collection of digitized primary source material, government documents, publications, and videos covering issues, topics, and events from the late 1890s to the present including border and migration, atrocities and human rights violations, peacekeeping, climate change, terrorism, revolutions, and human trafficking. Specific events explored include the U.S. and Mexico Border, the Rwandan Genocide, the Arab Spring, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and climate migrants in the Asia-Pacific region. On the Alexander Street platform.

  • GPO Monthly Catalog additional information about this title    UW login not required

    The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications provides an index to print and electronic publications created by Federal agencies. When available, links are provided to the full-text of these publications. Additionally, the locate libraries feature enables users to find libraries by state or area code that can make print publications available for their use.

  • History Vault  additional information about this title  

    Searchable database of primary source materials. Has different modules including American Indians and the American West, American Politics and Society from Kennedy to Watergate, American Politics in the Early Cold War, Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records, Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files, Law and Society since the Civil War, Margaret Sanger Papers, NAACP Papers, New Deal and World War II, Office of Strategic Services (OSS)-State Department Intelligence and Research Reports, Pinkerton's National Detective Agency Records, Progressive Era, Reconstruction and Military Government after the Civil War, Records of the Children's Bureau, Slavery and the Law, Slavery in Antebellum Southern Industries, Southern Life and African American History, Struggle for Women's Rights, Students for a Democratic Society, U.S. Diplomatic Post Records, U.S. Military Intelligence Reports, Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, Women at Work during World War II, Women’s Studies Manuscript Collections, Workers, Labor Unions, and the American Left in the 20th Century, World War I: British Foreign Office Political Correspondence, World War I: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces, and Diplomacy in the World War I Era, World War II: U.S. Documents on Planning, Operations, Intelligence, Axis War Crimes, and Refugees. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Human Rights Studies Online  additional information about this title  

    Human Rights Studies Online is a research and learning database providing comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010. The collection includes primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types for each selected event, including Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and more than thirty additional subjects.

  • Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990  additional information about this title  

    This important collection of papers spans the majority of the twentieth century, from 1912 to 1990. Law and humanities libraries serving scholars and students in twentieth-century American social history and politics will find this archive of special interest because of its focus on civil rights, civil liberties, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court. For most of the twentieth century the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was the principal defender of the rights that citizens can assert against government. Its primary aims have been the defense of the freedoms of speech and press, the separation of church and state, the free exercise of religion, due process of law, equal protection of the law, and the privacy rights of all citizens.

  • Meet the Press  additional information about this title  

    Meet the Press from Alexander Street makes over 1,500 hours of footage—the full surviving broadcast run to date—available online in one cross-searchable interface. Meet the Press specializes in interviews with national leaders on issues of politics, economics, foreign policy, and other public affairs, along with panel discussions that provide opinions and analysis.

  • Military and Intelligence (Gale OneFile)  additional information about this title  

    Military and Intelligence Database Collection provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and reports covering all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. The database offers content in key subject areas including governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war, the structure of the armed forces, and more.

  • News, Policy & Politics Magazine Archive  additional information about this title  

    An archival collection comprising the backfiles of 15 major magazines (including the Newsweek archive), spanning areas including current events, international relations, and public policy. These titles offer multiple perspectives on the contemporary contexts of the major events, trends, and interests in these fields throughout the twentieth century. Subject coverage includes political history, international relations, public policy, current events, diplomacy/peacemaking, democracy, military operations, global economic affairs, human rights, ethics, international development, and sustainability.

  • Policy File Index  additional information about this title  

    Policy File Index is a unique resource for U.S. public policy research in that it grants users access to timely, updated information from over 350 public policy think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, research institutes, university centers, advocacy groups, and other entities. Over 75 public policy topics are covered, from foreign policy to domestic policy. The majority of Policy File Index records link directly to the full-text report, paper, document, or other sources.

  • ProCitizen  additional information about this title  

    This course will help you prepare for the Civics, Reading, and Writing portions of the Naturalization Test. Through a series of 100 informative videos, plus practice exercises and quizzes, you will learn everything you need to know to successfully pass the test.

  • Regulatory Insight  additional information about this title  

    Regulatory Insight seeks to facilitate teaching and learning about administrative law by legal researchers, as well as academic researchers from many other disciplines. Regulatory Insight contains administrative law histories organized by public law.

  • Revolution and Protest Online  additional information about this title  

    Collection of videos, digitized printed materials (personal papers, organizational documents, government documents, journals, reports, monographs, and speeches), and images documenting protest movements, revolutions, and civil wars from the 18th century through the present. On the Alexander Street platform.

  • SAGE Knowledge  additional information about this title  

    Provides access to e-books, reference works, and streaming videos in the subject areas of business & management; counseling & psychotherapy; criminology & criminal justice; education; geography, earth & environmental science; health & social care; media, communication & cultural studies; politics & international relations; psychology; and sociology.

  • Sage Research Methods  additional information about this title  

    Collection of books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos covering the full range of research methods used in the social and behavioral sciences, plus a wide range of methods commonly used in science, technology, medicine, and the humanities. Also includes interactive tools to assist in the planning of research projects and the exploration of methods.

  • Shared State Legislation (Council of State Governments) additional information about this title    UW login not required

    Database for state policymakers looking for an innovative policy response to an issue they face. The subject matter for Suggested State Legislation is broad and diverse, which is a key to its continued interest, relevancy and staying power. To be considered, a bill must be a public law and must address a policy issue or problem in a new or innovative way. The SSL Committee does not draft legislation for adoption in other states; it only considers bills that have been adopted in at least one state.

  • Social Sciences Premium Collection  additional information about this title  

    This collection provides access to databases covering the international literature in the social sciences, including politics, sociology, social services, anthropology, criminology and education. Featured databases include IBSS, PAIS and Sociological Abstracts. Together, they provide abstracts, indexing and full text coverage of journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, working papers and more, including deep indexing and full text from over 1000 important social science journals.

  • State Papers Online: Early Modern Government in Britain and Europe  additional information about this title  

    State Papers Online offers original historical materials across the widest range of government concern, from high level international politics and diplomacy to the charges against a steward for poisoning a dozen or more people. The correspondence, reports, memoranda, and parliamentary drafts from ambassadors, civil servants and provincial administrators present a full picture of Tudor and Stuart Britain, and of the period of Henry VIII to the reign of George III.

  • Supreme Court Insight  additional information about this title  

    Supreme Court Insight, 1975-2016, is a complete online collection of full opinions from Supreme Court argued cases, including per decision, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices and amicus briefs. Content associated with each case is compiled on a dynamic page organized to facilitate understanding of the judicial process, and is also retrievable on a document by document basis. This collection covers content through the 2016/2017 term.

  • U.S. Declassified Documents  additional information about this title  

    Full text of Presidential, Executive Branch, and Congressional documents since World War II declassified under the Freedom of Information Act. Subjects include foreign relations, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, civil rights movement, assassinations, etc. On the Gale platform.

  • War and Terrorism (Gale OneFile)  additional information about this title  

    Researchers accessing the more than 1.7 million articles in the War and Terrorism Collection will gain valuable insight into conflicts and their causes, impact and perception on a global scale. This collection for researchers of history, social science and current events covers 100 subject-appropriate, full-text periodicals that are updated daily.

  • Web of Science (core collection)  additional information about this title  

    Multidisciplinary indexing database that combines journal citation index databases in arts & humanities, social sciences and sciences, as well as conference proceedings and book citation indexes. The Current Chemical Reactions and Index Chemicus databases are also included in the Core Collection. All component databases can be searched separately as well.

  • Westlaw Campus Research  additional information about this title  

    Comprehensive database of legal materials, including cases, statutes, and regulations of the U.S. government and the various state governments; case law from 1789 to present; and current statutes and regulations. Documents can also be accessed through broad subject categories.

  • World Factbook (CIA) additional information about this title    UW login not required

    The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Also includes: maps of the major world regions, flags of the world, a physical map of the world, a political map of the world, a world oceans map, and a standard time zones of the world map.


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