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Databases for Political Scientists
Columbia International Affairs Online Journals
CIAO provides access to basic data, detailed maps, and economic and political information for 200 plus countries. This quarterly-updated information comes from The Economist and its research arm, The Economist Intelligence Unit. In addition to this information, CIAO delivers online full-text for 30-40,000 pages of grey and published literature each year.
Polling the Nations
This database contains data gathered in more than 14,000 surveys conducted by more than 700 polling organizations in the United States and more than 80 other countries. Each record reports a question asked and the responses given. Also included in each record are the name of the organization that conducted the poll, the date the information was released, the sample size, and the groups or areas included in the interview.
Provides full-text access to reports that examine contemporary social and political issues. Compiled by staff at Congressional Quarterly, Inc., an independent research firm, each report includes more than 12,000 words and an extensive bibliography on a single topic. Covers a wide range of social, economic, political, and environmental issues. Limited to 5 simultaneous users.
Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.
Other Databases to Try
JSTOR Arts & Sciences
Provides online full-text access to the archives of more than 1300 scholarly journals, some of which date from the 19th century. JSTOR does not include recently published articles. Due to publisher restrictions, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the issues available in JSTOR.
Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for academic research including journal articles, books, technical reports, conference proceedings, and other scholarly material.
GAO (Government Accountability Office) Records
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a non-partisan government agency tasked with financial auditing and investigating the federal government. Its publications are openly available to the public. Browse by date, topic and federal agency.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center provides intelligent, thoughtfully worded discussion centering on the key issues of our time, such as genetic engineering, environmental policy, prejudice, abortion, health care reform, and media violence.
Historical Statistics of the United States
Provides statistics from more than 1000 sources. Includes more than 37,000 data series, covering dozens of new topics such as: slavery, American Indians, and poverty. The fully searchable and downloadable electronic edition permits users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own particular areas of interest.
Academic Onefile is a database for research in all the academic disciplines. Academic Onefile offers balanced coverage of every academic concentration - from advertising and microbiology to history and women's studies. Combines indexing, abstracts, full text and images.
Oregon Blue Book
The official state fact book about all levels of government in Oregon.
Oxford Reference Online: Premium
Provides full-text for more than 100 dictionaries and other reference books, including English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian dictionaries. Also, thesauri, quotations, and reference sources in many subject areas, including the Arts, Business, History, Literature, Politics, Religion, and the Sciences.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Search through federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or click on "Advanced Search" for more options.
Chicago Style Guide, 16th Edition
The Chicago/Turabian Style Aid includes in-text and bibliography examples, sample formatted papers, and links to additional Chicago/Turabian resources.
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