POSC Subject Gateway

arrow pointing rightConcepts & Definitions:
Sage Knowledge more information

Sage Reference Online is a searchable collection of over 60 encyclopedias and reference works covering many subjects, including political science. One search box allows you to search through all the encyclopedias for articles on your topic.  Articles range in length from a page to several pages and each article is accompanied by a list of further readings. 

Some of the reference works related to politics include:

  • 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook
  • Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior
  • Encyclopedia of Political Communication
  • Encyclopedia of Governance
  • Encyclopedia of United States National Security
Encyclopedia of Political Science more information

CQ Press publication that presents the ideas, concepts, and frameworks accompanying national and international politics.

Glossary of US Politics and Government more information

Provides short definitions of terms related to politics.

Routledge Dictionary Of Politics more information

International and national political terms.

Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought more information

Articles on political concepts and theorists such as Hobbes and Locke.

Fifty Major Political Thinkers more information

Focus on historical figures from Plato, up to 20th century figures such as Habermas.

arrow pointing rightArticles, Reports & Transcripts:
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) more information

Indexes journals in a variety of subjects, and is a good source for finding relevant articles on topics regarding politics at home and abroad, especially within the last 20+ years. Many articles from scholarly, popular news magazines, and the New York Times are available in full text either through this database or by clicking on the button. 

CQ Researcher more information

The CQ Researcher reports a current social issue each week. Reports are about 20 pages long and provide background information, important points to consider, charts and graphs, and a source list for further reading. Some public policy issues covered include: immigration and health reform, gays in the military, stem cell research, gender pay gap, affirmative action, and sexual harassment.

LexisNexis Academic: News Search more information

Full text source for U.S. (regional, state, and local) and international news, media transcripts, and blogs. Political transcripts include the Federal News Service, FDCH News Service and Capitol Report and Presidential Campaign Press Materials. These transcripts include speeches by government officials and visiting dignitaries on various topics. LexisNexis is a good place to find current news covering politcal events and national policy issues in the U.S. from many different sources inside and outside of the U.S.

National Newspapers more information

Provides full text of newspapers most from 1990 to date including The Sun (Baltimore), Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

NewsBank more information

Comprised of more than 5,000 newspaper titles, as well as newswires, Web editions, blogs, videos, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications.

LexisNexis Academic: Law Reviews more information

Law reviews are scholarly journals edited by law students, featuring analysis of case law and other legal issues, such as public policy. It is important to know that these articles will be focusing on legal rather than polical/social aspects of policy.

It is usually helpful to know names of specific laws and cases before embarking on a law review search. To focus your results, rather than searching "Everywhere" for your words, try limiting your search to words in "Title" or "At least 5 occurences."

Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) more information

The HSDL offers an extensive collection of homeland security policy and strategy related documents. The Library provides quick access to important U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents as well as specialized resources such as theses and reports from various universities, organizations and local and state agencies.

arrow pointing rightLegislative History:
LLSDC Legislative Source Book more information

This guide on the website of the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC offers finding aids for locating current legislation, including titles such as, Federal Legislative History Research: A Practitioner's Guide, Internet and Online Sources of U.S. Legislative and Regulatory Information, and links to Web sites of State Legislatures, State Laws and State Regulations.

Open CRS: Congressional Research Reports more information

CRS Reports are prepared by staff of the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service and are intended to provide an overview of the legislative topics being addressed by the U.S. Congress. They are meant to provide fact-rich, unbiased, non-technical background information on policy issues.

This Web site allows keyword searching of and provides summaries for over 12,600 CRS Reports that are available through various repositories sponsored by organizations such as National Council on Science and the Environment, Federation of American Scientists, and Thurgood Marshall Law Library at University of Maryland School of Law.

Congress.gov more information

Congress.gov is the official source for federal legislative information from 1995 to current day.  It includes legislation, The Congressional Record (verbatim account of remarks made in congress), committee information, and committee reports.

Roll Call Online: The Newspaper of Capitol Hill more information

Includes news features, commentary, election previews, policy briefings, and a review of legislative sessions.

Congressional Quarterly Almanac more information

Each volume devoted to summary of Congressional legislation for one session of Congress; arranged by category of legislation; includes voting information. Cook Library Reference JK8 C6 

 

arrow pointing rightPolitical News, including Elections:
RealClear Politics more information
  • Political commentary, news, polls, and election analysis pulled from columns, magazine articles, and the Web
  • Particularly useful during an election year for coverage of candidates running for Congress with links to many reputable information sources
Public Agenda more information

Nonpartisan briefing on policy issues, supplemented by polling data, and a list of concerned PACS and advocacy group.

The PEW Charitable Trusts | State policy site more information

Pew identifies innovative approaches states are using to help solve complex challenges.  Pew also conducts extensive research and analysis to understand how states can better serve the public, and works with states to develop data-driven, pragmatic solutions to issues. - from the site

arrow pointing rightStatistics & Datasets
ICPSR: Find & Analyze Data more information

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research is a data archive containing over 500,000 data files that have been submitted by research teams from over 700 academic and research institutions, available for download by TU users.  Included is the Bibliography of Data Related Literature; searching this bibliography allows users to locate literature that uses ICPSR data.

Pew Research Center more information

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan research center that studies national and international issues including religion, politics, technology, journalism, economics, and communities

Gallup Poll more information

Website with national public opinion poll data on cultural, political, and economic topics

FedStats more information

FedStats supports a community of practice for over 100 agencies engaged in the production and dissemination of official federal statistics.

American Factfinder (U.S. Census Bureau) more information

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau on the economy, society, and population of the U.S. at local, state, and national levels. This site links to various sets of statistics, historical to 2010.

POSC Subject Gateway / Albert S. Cook Library
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Last revised: February 24, 2014