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FIND ARTICLES    Academic and Scholarly Articles     
  Business Source Complete  Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required
Full-text coverage to more than 2,800 scholarly journals and trade publications in business, economics, political science and public administration. Selected Datamonitor company reports and EIU country documents are also available.
  EconLit  Authentication Required
    1969-present; updated monthly
The EconLit database, produced by the American Economic Association, includes subject indexing and abstracts to 685 journals, books, dissertations, and working papers in the field of economics and allied disciplines.
  JSTOR    Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required 
    1831-present, varies by title
Full-text backfiles to almost 850 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I - IV, Arts & Sciences VII, and Biological Sciences collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year.
  CSA Discovery Guides  Authentication Required
Discovery Guides brief you in the basics of a subject and offer recent insights, while providing the technological tools to enhance your understanding. Each guide links to CSA products that help you find pertinent information, discover publishing opportunities, identify scholars, and create a personal database.

    Electronic Journal Titles

  Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy     

CQ Researcher

CQ Weekly

Current History

Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political and Legal Philosophy

International Labour Review

Journal of Modern History

Public Administration Review

    General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

  Academic Search Complete    Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required  
    1887-present; updated daily
The world's most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, Academic Search Complete indexes more than 11,200 journals, and provides full text for more than 7,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 6,100 peer-reviewed journals. Includes PDF content going back as far as 1887. Searchable cited references provided for more than 1,300 journals.
  Access World News    Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required
    1985-present; varies by title; updated daily
Full-text coverage of local, regional, national and international news from more than 5000 newspapers, newswires, blogs, journals, transcripts and video files.
  Global Issues in Context    Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required  
    updated daily
Provides comprehensive and balanced research on crucial international issues and news headlines in a single search through more than 250 media-rich issue pages, 200 country pages, 400 international newspapers and magazines, and a multimedia library.
  LexisNexis Academic    Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required 
    varies by title; mostly 1980s-present
Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
  Newspaper Source    Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required  
Provides cover-to-cover full text for over 70 national (U.S.) & international newspapers, and selective full text for 376 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.
  Omnifile Full Text Mega    Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required
Multi-disciplinary database for full-text articles from over 1,750 publications, and abstracts and citations for over 3,500 publications in subjects that include education, general science, social sciences, business, art, etc.
  Westlaw Campus Research    Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required
Provides access to a comprehensive collection of news and business information and law-related resources including SEC filings, Hoover's company profiles and records, major newspapers, trade journals, broadcast transcripts, law reviews and journals, federal and state court cases, state statutes and regulations, U.S. Code Annotated, and the Federal Register. Pop-up blocker must be disabled to use this database.


    Online Catalogs


  Doane's Online Library Catalog
A shared catalog of 10 Nebraska private-college libraries, including Perkins Library at Doane College. Search one library or all 10 by selecting from "Library" drop-down list.
  WorldCat  Authentication Required
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. The database can also be searched through its free web interface, at


    Government Documents

  Government Publications Office Monthly Catalog  Authentication Required 
    1967-present; updated monthly
Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.).


    Dissertations and Theses


  WorldCat Dissertations and Theses  Authentication Required
    updated daily
Index of over 8 million dissertations, theses and published material based on theses cataloged by member libraries, including all subjects.

    General Reference Works


  Oxford Reference Online    Full Text AvailableAuthentication Required
Over 100 full text language and subject dictionaries and reference works. Topics covered include general reference, language, science and medicine, humanities, social sciences, and business.


    Access to Government and Political Websites

  GPO Access
From the Government Printing Office, this site is a portal for federal publications of all types. A similar official portal to government information, more oriented to a popular audience, is
  LSU Libraries Federal Agencies Directory
Offers links to federal agency Web sites, arranged hierarchically and alphabetically, with a search engine.
  Open CRS: Congressional Research Reports for the People
A clearinghouse of over 8,000 reports on a wide variety of topics created by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) for members of Congress. Though these reports are highly useful, they are not made public unless released by a member of Congress. From the Center for Democracy & Technology. (Another guide to CRS reports is available from the University of North Texas Libraries.)
  University of Michigan Documents Center
Offers a well-organized and current list of links to local, state, federal, foreign, and international Web sites with official information, as well as links to statistical information sources and a guide to political science material on the Web.

    Federal Legislation and Congressional Information

  C-SPAN Video Library
This online archive contains the contents of three C-SPAN cable channels focusing on public affairs, including Congressional affairs. Programs, from 1987 to present are indexed by speaker names, committees, categories, topics, policy groups, and more. Of particular interest are congressional sessions and committee hearings, indexed by full text words and by personal name. Videos also have an "embed" button that can be used to include a video in a website or blog. Originally created by Purdue University, the archive is now hosted and indexed by C-SPAN.
  Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
From the Library of Congress. Provides the text of bills introduced in Congress along with committee action from the 104th Congress (1995) to present. Users can search the site by bill number or keyword to learn about the legislative process, find a state's members of Congress, and access a comprehensive database on current and past legislation. The site also provides a full-text search of the Congressional Record, a daily record of activity in Congress, and committee information. Most official state Web sites provide similar bill-tracking information for state legislatures.
  U.S. Congress Votes Database
From the Washington Post, this site provides information on votes in Congress since 1991. It provides detail and summary information about each vote as well as some aggregated information, from the useful (voting patterns by region) to the absurd (votes by astrological sign). A few types of votes are also highlighted, such as for treaties, impeachments, and vice-presidential tie-breakers. To keep up with current voting, there is an RSS feed as well as a list of recent votes.

    International Relations

  Country Studies
Prepared by the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, these online editions of book-length country profiles are produced for U.S. diplomats. This site includes substantial information on each nation's culture, history, economy, and political system. It is searchable by topic and country. Be sure to note publication dates; some volumes are more than ten years old and may include outdated materials.
  Foreign Affairs Online
Maintained by Robert J. Beck, this is a meta-index to sites related to international law, international relations, human rights, NGOs and IGOs, and U.S. foreign policy. Well organized and thoroughly annotated.
  Political Database of the Americas
A digital project from Georgetown University’s Center for Latin American Studies and the Secretariat for Political Affairs of the Organization of American States. This database includes a wide range of documents from countries located in the Americas, such as national constitutions, judicial documents, and information on civil society. Materials are available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
  United Nations
Offers news releases, virtual tours, documents, and basic information about the United Nations and its bodies. Three different search engines explore a large database and list of links. The site includes a wealth of reports, statistical data, and other information on human rights, international law, peacekeeping missions, and other topics. In addition, there is a separate database of official UN documents available on the Web, covering primarily parliamentary documents from 1993 to present.
  Countries and Regions
Information on US relations abroad as well as background information from the US State Department.
  Constitution Finder
Links to the constitutions of countries around the world.

    Public Opinion Data

  ABC News Polling Unit
  American Religion Data Archive
  The Associated Press/IPSOS Poll
  CISER Data Archive
From Cornell University, annotated list of available polls
  Fox News Poll
  Gallup Poll Cumulative Index: Public Opinion
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An annual compilation of opinion poll statistics gathered by the Gallup Organization, covering from 1935 to the present. Indexes make it easy to find figures from different years. This organization also maintains a website which contains selected data at
  Harris Interactive: Harris Vault
Provides access to Harris polls
  LAPOP-Latin American Public Opinion Project
Results from most Latin American countries as well as Madagascar, Israel and Albania
  Mansfield Asian Opinion Poll Database
Polls from major media organizations in Japan and South Korea
  The New York Times Polls
  The NPR/Kaiser/Kennedy School Polls
  Pew Research Center
Gateway to variety of studies supported by Pew Research
  Public Opinion Poll Data Archive
Produced by the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina, some coverage extends from 1970 - present
  Public Opinion Polls - Research Guide
A guide from University of Pennsylvania Library
  The Roper Center's Poll
A collection of polling data from many outlets - subscription required for some content
  Survey Research Center
From the University of Michigan
  Time Magazine/SRBI Polls
  The Washington Post Polls
  World Public Opinion
  World Values Survey
Tables and graphs from World Values Survey conducted 1981-2004

    Public Policy

  Advocacy and Public Policymaking
This scholarly website contains random samples of issues on which lobbyists were active during the 106th and 107th Congresses. Click on any of the listed issues to find a wide range of resources, including bill information, TV and print news stories, and committee hearings.
  Policy Agendas Project
From the Center for American Politics and Public Policy at the University of Washington, the Policy Agendas Project traces policy changes in the United States since World War II. The website provides a wealth of research tools, including data sets for congressional hearings, New York Times articles, Gallup Polls, Executive Orders, and Supreme Court cases. The data can be downloaded in a variety of formats.

    Special Topics

  Global Terrorism Database
Funded by the Department of Homeland Security and based at the University of Maryland. The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world. Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist attacks and now includes more than 87,000 cases. For each GTD incident, information is available on the date and location of the incident, the weapons used and nature of the target, the number of casualties, and—when identifiable—the group or individual responsible. (Annual updates planned for the future).
  National Security Archive
From George Washington University, this is the Website of a project that has collected the world's largest non-governmental archive of declassified documents, many of them covering controversial issues and obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Though many documents are not accessible through the Web site, there are large collections of papers called briefing books on a variety of foreign affairs topics. This site is a rich set of primary source documents on key international issues.
  Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, this site is building a collection of digital versions of secret recordings of conversations in the Oval Office from 1940 through 1973. Currently there are selected conversations from Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Johnson available. Presidential speeches and oral histories are also available. An affiliated site, American President, offers biographical information on all U.S. presidents and background on the workings of the White House.
  World Public Opinion
A clearinghouse based at the University of Maryland for the results of opinion polls covering worldwide attitudes about international affairs. Organized by region and topic.
  National Counterterrorism Calendar
From the National Counterterrorism Center, the calendar features terrorism information, terrorist profiles, terrorist group details, as well as an interactive timeline and interactive map.

*Descriptions for websites are from the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College.