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Library Databases

Use these databases to find journal articles and other materials on literature and related topics.

America: History & Life

America: History & Life covers the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. It includes citations with abstracts for books, dissertations, and articles from 1964 to the present. It does not include full-text articles, although it does link to some sources of full text.

Historical Abstracts

Historical Abstracts covers world history from 1450 to the present, excluding material on the United States and Canada. Citations and abstracts for books, dissertations, and articles from over 2,000 journals are included in the database. Coverage begins in 1954. It does not include full-text articles, although it does link to some full-text sources.


JSTOR provides access to the full images (including photos, tables, and graphs) of articles from back issues of a variety of scholarly journals, including political science journals. Coverage extends back to the 19th century for some journals. Recent years' issues are generally not accessible in this database.

LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic offers full text access to up-to-date information from a wide variety of news sources as well as policy papers and legal documents. It is the best source of information on current events.

LexisNexis Congressional

LexisNexis Congressional provides information related to the U.S. Congress. It includes a variety of features, including indexes to congressional publications, the full text of laws, regulations, bills, and publications. It also provides information about the backgrounds and activities of members of Congress.

LexisNexis Statistical

LexisNexis Statistical provides statistical data on many different topics. It also indexes and abstracts publications with statistical content.

PAIS International
PAIS includes material on topics relating to politics and public policy. The database indexes a variety of materials, including articles, books, and government documents. Coverage begins in 1972.

Project Muse

Project Muse provides access to the full text of articles from almost 200 journals, many of them in the humanities and social sciences. Coverage begins in 1993.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set

This database provides access to the full text of reports, documents, and journals of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. It currently covers Congressional activities from 1817 to 1980. It also provides access to maps from the serial set, as well as the American State Papers, 1789-1838, a collection containing legislative and executive documents.

Electronic Journals

Free Journals

  • African Studies Quarterly

    An interdisciplinary refereed journal publishing scholarship relating to the African continent>

  • European Integration Online Papers

    "A peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary E-journal in the field of European integration research"

  • Journal of World Systems Research

    Contains articles on topics related to world systems, such as globalization and global inequality

  • MERIA Journal

    Middle East Review of International Affairs, a refereed quarterly journal on Middle East issues edited by Barry Rubin

  • Peace, Conflict and Development

    An open-access journal on issues in conflict and peace studies, including topics such as human rights, democratization, conflict resolution, environment, and security

Print Resources


  • Dictionary of Government and Politics
    Reference JA61 .C6 1998

    Definitions of terms in political science

  • Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics
    Reference E184.A1 E574 2000

    Source for material on the political history and influence of the U.S.'s four largest racial ethnic groups--African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics

  • Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics
    Reference HQ1236.5.U6 E53 1999

    Provides information on the political history of women

  • Political Parties & Elections in the United States: An Encyclopedia
    Reference JK2261 .P633 1991

    Source of information on a wide variety of topics relating to political parties and elections


  • Congressional Quarterly's Guide to Congress
    Reference JK1021 .C565 1991

    Covers the origins of Congress, its powers, and legislative processes

  • Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court
    Reference KF8742 .W567 1997

    Covers the origins of the Court, its powers, and its impact on other areas of government

  • Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections
    JK1967 .C662, Latest in Reference

    Contains analysis of and statistical information about U.S. elections (both presidential and Congressional) and political parties

  • Guide to the Presidency
    Reference JK516 .C57 2002

    Covers the origins of the presidency, presidential powers, the executive branch, and the relationship to the other branches of government

  • The Oxford Companion to the Politics of the World
    Reference JA61 .O95 2001

    A comprehensive guide containing articles on international relations and domestic politics worldwide

  • The Oxford Guide to the United States Government
    Reference JK9 .P384 2001

    A guide to concepts and topics related to U.S. government

  • United States Government Manual
    JK421 .A3, Latest at Reference Desk

    Official handbook of the federal government, providing information on agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. Also available online


  • Europa World Year Book
    JN1 .E85, Latest at Reference Desk

    Descriptive surveys and statistics of nations, as well as a listing of international organizations

  • The Statesman's Year-Book
    JA51 .S7, Latest at Reference Desk

    Statistical and historical annual of the states of the world

  • World Factbook
    Reference G123 .U56

    Country profiles compiled by the CIA; also available online


  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    HA202 .U55, Latest at Reference Desk

    Collection of statistics on population, economy, industry, and environment; the library has copies back to 1905. Also available online

Web Resources


Foreign Relations


World Governments and Governmental Organizations

  • European Union in the US

    Contains information about the European Union for citizens of the United States

  • Governments on the WWW

    "Comprehensive database of governmental institutions on the World Wide Web: parliaments, ministries, offices, law courts, embassies, city councils, public broadcasting corporations, central banks, multi-governmental institutions etc."

  • United Nations

    The web site of the United Nations

U.S. Government and Politics

  • American Presidency Project

    An online archive containing over 85,000 documents related to the study of the Presidency from Washington to the present, including the full text of presidential papers, addresses, press conferences, and State of the Union speeches

  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Site providing basic biographical information on members of Congress from 1774 to the present, as well as some presidents and vice presidents

  • Congressional Directory

    The official directory of the U.S. Congress


    Campaign finance information provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, a "non-partisan, non-profit research group that tracks money in politics and its effect on elections and public policy"

  • Oyez Project

    Contains information about Supreme Court decisions, including access to audio files containing oral arguments made before the Court

  • POTUS: Presidents of the United States

    Provides information about each of the presidents, including election results, cabinet members, notable events, points of interest, and links to further information on other sites

  • Project Vote Smart

    A nonpartisan, non-profit project that has compiled a database of candidates and elected officials providing background and contact information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finance information, and interest group ratings for politicians

  • Supreme Court of the United States

    The official site of the Supreme Court

  • Supreme Court Collection

    Site containing official summaries and the full text of Supreme Court decisions since 1990 as well as the text of some historic decisions

  • Supreme Court Decisions, 1937-1975

    Contains the full text of Supreme Court rulings issued between 1937 and 1975

  • THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet

    A government site providing information the activities of the U.S. Congress, including bills, laws, committee reports, and the Congressional Record; full text documents are provided for some Congressional sessions

  • The White House

    The home page of the executive branch of the U.S. government

Also see Government Documents for more links to state, national, and international government sites

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