POSC Subject Gateway
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
CQ Press publication that presents the ideas, concepts, and frameworks accompanying national and international politics.
Provides short definitions of terms related to politics.
International and national political terms.
Articles on political concepts and theorists such as Hobbes and Locke.
Focus on historical figures from Plato, up to 20th century figures such as Habermas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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.
Includes news features, commentary, election previews, policy briefings, and a review of legislative sessions.
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
- 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
Nonpartisan briefing on policy issues, supplemented by polling data, and a list of concerned PACS and advocacy group.
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
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 is a nonpartisan research center that studies national and international issues including religion, politics, technology, journalism, economics, and communities
Website with national public opinion poll data on cultural, political, and economic topics
FedStats supports a community of practice for over 100 agencies engaged in the production and dissemination of official federal statistics.
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.