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Subject: Political Science databases

Political Science research guide

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  • AgeLine   

    Major gerontology indexing database that covers journals, books and reports back to 1978. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • Alt-PressWatch   

    Alternative press indexing/full-text database that covers journal, magazine and newspaper articles from independent publishers. On the ProQuest platform.

  • AM Explorer: Americana   

    Covers American history, literature and culture. Resources include manuscript and typescript letters, diaries, notebooks, journals, newspapers, plus incredible art works, illustrations, photographs, video and 360-degree objects.

  • American Memory    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.

  • Aqualine   

    Water resources indexing database that covers scholarly and trade journals, reports, conference papers, books and theses back to 1960. Part of the ProQuest Aquatic Science Collection.

  • Archives Unbound   

    Group of digital collections of historical documents covering a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward-from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history. On a Gale platform.

  • Book Citation Index   

    Index to scholarly books with citation information in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Part of the Web of Science Core Collection on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Border and Migration Studies Online   

    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.

  • British Periodicals   

    Multidisciplinary full-text database that includes magazines from the late 17th century to the early 21st. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Canadian Newsstream   

    News archive of newspaper articles, television and radio broadcasts, online sources, conference proceedings, periodicals, and non-classified reports from around the world collected and translated by and for the U.S. Government.

  • CCH/Wolters Kluwer Cheetah   

    This CCH/Wolters Kluwer platform includes the Standard Federal Tax Reporter, Federal Estate and Gift Tax Reporter, an S Corporations Library, and the Tax Professional Library.

  • Chatham House Online Archive   

    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.

  • China: Culture & Society   

    Multidisciplinary full-text database that reproduces pamphlets from 1750 to 1929. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • China: Trade, Politics & Culture   

    Historical full-text database that covers papers of major British and American figures and diplomatic missions, missionaries and two magazines as well as maps and other illustrations from 1793 to 1974. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • CIAO [Columbia International Affairs Online]   

    International studies indexing database that covers research papers from universities, NGOs and foundations; conference papers; books; journals; media; policy briefs and teaching materials back to 1991.

  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index   

    Index to conference proceedings in the sciences and social sciences. Part of the Web of Science Core Collection on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • CQ Almanac   

    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.

  • CQ Magazine (formerly CQ Weekly)   

    Government full-text magazine that covers the activities of the U.S. Congress back to 1983. On the CQPress Electronic Library platform.

  • CQ Researcher plus Archive   

    Current events full-text magazine that provides overview articles on "hot topics" back to 1991. On the CQPress platform.

  • Crime in Wyoming Reports    UW login not required

    Full-text state crime reports from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation since 1999. On the WDCI website.

  • C-SPAN Video Library    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   

    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.

  • Current Contents Connect   

    Database providing complete tables of contents, abstracts, and bibliographic information from the most recently published issues of leading scholarly journals. On the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Data and Statistics About the U.S.    UW login not required

    Reference portal that allows searching federal agencies for statistics and links to those agencies. On its own platform.

  • Data Citation Index   

    Index of data studies and data sets in international repositories, covering social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences, and arts & humanities, with citation information. On the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Digital National Security Archive   

    History archival database that includes declassified documents on U.S. national security from 1945 to the 21st century. On the Chadwyck-Healey platform.

  • Documents on British Policy Overseas   

    English history archive database that includes primary documents from Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office back to 1898. On the Chadwyck-Healey platform.

  • Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800   

    Multidisciplinary full-text database, based on Charles Evan's American Bibliography, that reproduces all books, pamphlets and broadsides published the American colonies and the United States between 1639 and 1800. On the Readex platform.

  • Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Reports Archive   

    Full-text archive of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s quarterly country reports, from their beginning in 1952 up to 1995. The reports combine detailed statistical information with commentary and analysis. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Eighteenth Century Journals, Collections I - V   

    Historic full-text archive that reproduces English magazines and newspapers from 1632 to 1800 that are not included in other newspaper or journal collections. On the Adam Mathew platform.

  • Empire Online   

    Historic full-text archive covering primary source materials on colonialism from 1492 to 1969. On the Adam Matthew platform.

  • Essential Science Indicators   

    Science research analysis database showing publication performance statistics and trends data based on journal article publication counts and citation data from Thomson Reuters databases. On the InCites platform.

  • Europa World   

    International studies reference database that provides information on countries of the world and international organizations. On a Routledge platform.

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    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. includes over 8,600 CRS reports.

  • Factiva   

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

  • FBI Case Files   

    Full-text collection of original military records, photos, stories and historical primary texts of interest to historians and genealogists.

  • Filmakers Library Online   

    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 Law Guide   

    Law full-text database that covers codes and basic legislation in English for countries around the world. On its own platform.

  • Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981   

    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  

    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)

  • Fuente Academica   

    Multidisciplinary indexing/full-text eJournal database that covers scholarly journal articles from Latin America, Portugal and Spain. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • Gapminder  

    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   

    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    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.

  • GreenFILE    UW login not required

    Environmental indexing/full-text database that selectively covers journals, magazines and government documents. On the EBSCOhost platform.

  • Hansard UK Parliament Reports    UW login not required

    Hansard Online is an ongoing project involving the Commons and Lords Hansards and the Parliamentary Digital Service.

  • HeinOnline   

    Law indexing/full-text database that covers journals, session laws, congressional documents and other legal documents. On the HeinOnline platform.

  • History Vault   

    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   

    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.

  • Humanities Index   

    Humanities indexing database that covers journal, magazine and newspaper articles published in the UK and other English-speaking countries back to 1962. On the ProQuest platform.

  • iPoll   

    A database containing public opinion survey data collected by Roper.

  • JSTOR (Journal Storage Archive)   

    Multidisciplinary eJournal platform that provides complete back runs of journals in the following licensed collections: Arts & Sciences I-IV and VII, Life Sciences, Plant Sciences, Current Scholarship and Early Journal Content. On the JSTOR platform.

  • JSTOR Sustainability Collection   

    Collection includes journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of sustainability. The subjects of resilience and sustainability are explored broadly, covering research on environmental stresses and their impact on society.

  • Legislative Insight   

    Political science full-text database collection that includes government publications generated in the course of congressional lawmaking. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Library of Congress Digital Collections    UW login not required

    Gateway to over 300 digital collections maintained by the Library Of Congress including documents, photographs, motion pictures, sheet music, sound recordings, and more.

  • Macmillan Cabinet Papers, 1957-1963   

    English history full-text archive that reproduces the Prime Minister's papers and reports from 1957 to 1963. On the Archives Direct/Adam Matthew platform.

  • Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990   

    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.

  • Making of the Modern World I, II, & III   

    The Making of the Modern World provides digital facsimile images of unique primary sources that track the development of the modern, western world through the lens of trade and wealth.

  • March of Time   

    The March of Time From 1935-1967 is a groundbreaking American short-film series now available as online streaming video. Most covered poltical, economic, and military events or current affairs.

  • Meet the Press   

    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.

  • Middle East Newsstream   

    Full-text newspaper database that includes sources in English and French from the Muslim world back to 1988. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Military and Intelligence (Gale OneFile)   

    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.

  • National Security Archive   

    History indexing/full-text database that includes declassified documents on U.S. national security from 1945 to the 21st century. On the Chadwyck-Healey platform.

  • News, Policy & Politics Magazine Archive   

    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.

  • Nixon Years, The, 1969-1974   

    Historic full-text archive that reproduces British documents during the Nixon presidency. On the Archives Direct/Adam Matthew platform.

  • Opposing Viewpoints (Gale in Context)   

    Current events full-text database the collects materials (articles, reference books, media) on controversial issues. On the Gale In Context platform.

  • Oxford Handbooks Online   

    Database of articles published in Oxford University Press handbooks. Full text available for select subject areas.

  • Oxford Journals   

    Multidisciplinary collection of library-licensed journals published by Oxford University Press.

  • Oxford Public International Law   

    International law reference database with articles written by experts. Includes the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and the Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law. On the Oxford University Press platform.

  • Oxford Scholarship Online   

    Oxford platform featuring academic ebooks on subjects such as religion, economics, classical studies, political science, physics, literature, and linguistics.

  • Periodicals Index Online   

    Multidisciplinary indexing database that indexes journal articles from 1665 to 1995. On the Chadwyck-Healey platform.

  • Policy File Index   

    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.

  • Political Extremism & Radicalism   

    Database concerning political extremism consisting of periodicals, government records, oral histories and campaign ephemera from 1900 – 2010s. On the Gale platform.

  • Political Reference Suite   

    A collection of reference titles on American government, politics, history, public policy and current affairs. On the CQ Press platform.

  • Political Science Database   

    Political science indexing/full-text database that covers journal articles back to 1985. On the ProQuest platform.

  • ProCitizen   

    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.

  • ProQuest Congressional   

    Political science full-text database collection that includes congressional publications back to 1789. On the ProQuest platform.

  • Race Relations in America   

    Archive of speeches, reports, surveys, and analyses produced by the Race Relations Department and its annual Institute at Fisk University from 1943-1970.

  • Regulatory Insight   

    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   

    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   

    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   

    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.

  • Scitech Connect (OSTI - includes Energy Citations Database)    UW login not required

    Repository of technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and data funded by the U.S. Department of Energy from the 1940s to today. Consolidates the contents of OSTI's Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database.

  • Security Issues Online   

    Collection of videos and documents on security-related themes including terrorism and counterterrorism, insurgency and counterinsurgency, cybersecurity, ethnic conflicts and resolution, and nuclear threats. On the Alexander Street platform.

  • Shared State Legislation (Council of State Governments)    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.

  • SIRS Knowledge Source   

    Multidisciplinary search platform that covers library-licensed SIRS databases--all designed for school-aged users. On the SIRS platform.

  • Sixties, The: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives   

    Interdisciplinary full-text archives that reproduces diaries, letters, autobiographies, oral histories, government documents, memorabilia and scholarly commentary on the American sixties. On the Alexander Street Press platform.

  • Social Sciences Citation Index   

    Social science indexing database covering journal articles and citation information back to 1956. Part of Web of Science on the Web of Knowledge platform.

  • Social Sciences Premium Collection   

    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.

  • Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda   

    Collection of documentaries, newsreels and feature films by Soviet, Chinese, Vietnamese, East European, British and Latin American filmmakers, dating from the early twentieth century to the 1980s. Sourced from the British Film Institute (BFI) archives. Modules include: Wars and Revolutions; Newsreels and Cinemagazines; and Culture and Society.

  • State Papers Online: Early Modern Government in Britain and Europe   

    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   

    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.K. Parliamentary Papers   

    History full-text database providing House of Commons Parliamentary papers from 1688-2012. On the ProQuest platform.

  • U.S. Declassified Documents   

    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.

  • U.S. Government Documents: UW Libraries Guide    UW login not required

    Government document web guide to the UW depository collection of U.S. documents. Increasingly government agencies are publishing these titles online. On a UW platform.

  • U.S. Political Stats   

    A data visualization and manipulation tool that aids student researchers in finding and understanding data on the 3 branches of the U.S. Government (Legislative, Executive, and Judicial).

  • War and Terrorism (Gale OneFile)   

    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)   

    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   

    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.

  • Wiley Online Library   

    Multidisciplinary collection of library-licensed journals and ebooks published by Wiley and associated publishers.

  • Women in the National Archives, UK   

    Historic full-text archive that provides a women's studies finding aid to National Archive collections and reproduces documents on women's suffrage in Britain and its colonies. On the Archives Direct/Adam Matthew platform.

  • World Factbook (CIA)    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.

  • World History (Gale OneFile)   

    World History Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines, covering events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.

  • World News Connection Archive   

    News archive of newspaper articles, television and radio broadcasts, online sources, conference proceedings, periodicals, and non-classified reports from around the world collected and translated by and for the U.S. Government.

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