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Last Updated: Jan 21, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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  • Political Science Complete
    The place to start for Poltical Science and Public Policy journal articles. Top-ranked scholarly journals, recent reference works, and professional conference papers. Covers law and legislation, comparative politics, political theory, international relations, humanitarian issues, and non-governmental organizations.
  • ProQuest Political Science
    Covers political science and international relations, including comparative politics, political economy, international development, and environmental policy, with full-text of many core titles indexed in Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.
    Some overlap with PS Complete; also some unique content.
  • PAIS
    Indexes the social sciences with emphasis on contemporary worldwide social, economic and political issues, and public policy. Covers journals, books, some government publications.
  • CIAO
    Journal articles, working papers, policy briefs, and books on international affairs
  • Global Insight
    See the Country Reports for economic profiles, political structure, and analysis.
  • CQ Electronic Library
    CQ journals, databases, and encyclopedias for analysis of Congressional actions and US political issues. Includes CQ Weekly, CQ Researcher.
    A well-respected journal of US political analysis. See esp.: Blogs/Influence Alley; Congress; Magazine.
    Use Advanced Search for best results.
  • ProQuest Congressional
    U.S. legislation and related documents, including CRS Reports. Members section has biographical, financial, and voting records of Senators and Representatives.
  • LexisNexis State Capital
    Search the laws of all 50 states at once, or one at a time; also includes regulations, information on legislators and staff, news on state issues.
  • HeinOnline
    Database with US government documents from all branches, law review articles, and primary source materials, focusing on comprehensive retrospective coverage unavailable elsewhere.
  • Communication and Mass Media
    Journal articles about the media and communication

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