Selected Resources for: Political Science (General Aspects)

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Subject Librarian:

Rafael Tarrago

r-tarr@tc.umn.edu

This subject covers: politics and political behavior including the conduct of government. See also Area Studies, Legislation, and Politics, United States on the previous page.


Article Databases and Indexes

* Premier Resources *

CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is building on the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, published by IFI / Plenum, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, published by ABC-CLIO, 1984-2000. The database provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration & public policy.


Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
Find business articles from 2100 journals and magazines in marketing, management, information technology, operations, human resources, accounting, finance and economics dating back to 1965. Business Source Premier includes company and industry reports MarketLine and country analysis from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Business Monitor International, CountryWatch, Icon Group, and PRS.

Comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. Publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches nearly 1200 of the most important journals in these subject areas. Updated, uniform subject headings facilitate your search, with the original subject headings also provided. Subjects Covered Include: Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Community Health & Medical Care, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Minority Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Planning & Public Administration, Policy Sciences, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Welfare, Religion and Theology, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies.

Use this index for broad coverage of social science issues worldwide. Includes articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, and book chapters.


Catalogs & Indexes to Government Publications

AccessUN provides access to bibliographic citations of current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications including:

  • the UN collections of the Government Publications Library
  • articles appearing in UN periodicals
  • the bilateral and multilateral treaties in the UN Treaty Series
  • full text documents from the:
    • General Assembly - resolutions from 1981-
    • Security Council - resolutions from 1974-
    • Economic and Social Council - resolutions from 1982-

Congressional Publications provides access to full-text, indexing, and abstracts of published and unpublished Hearings, Congressional Committee Prints, and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. The full list of searchable congressional publications and date coverages includes:

  • Legislative Histories 1969-Present
  • Bills & Laws 1789-Present
  • Committee Prints & Misc. Publications 1789-Present
  • Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors 1789-Present
  • Congressional Record Daily Edition 1985-Present
  • CRS Reports 1916-Present
  • Hearings 1824-Present
  • House & Senate Documents 1789-Present
  • House & Senate Reports 1789-Present
  • Serial Set 1789-Present
  • Executive Branch Document 1789-1932


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, and over 1,500 newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, consumer information, and countries worldwide. Locate information about companies, including company profiles from Hoovers. Legal publications include federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, Shepards Citations service, patent search and other legal reference materials.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier, designed specifically for public libraries, provides full text for more than 2,000 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues and much more. In addition to the full text, this database provides indexing and abstracts for 2700 titles. This database features: 5,000 full text Magill Book Reviews, 357 reference and travel books including the World Almanac & Book of Facts 2001; full text from 84,074 biographies, 86,132 full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. MasterFILE Premier offers PDF backfiles as far back as 1975.

Full-text summaries of foreign newspaper articles, conference proceedings, radio and television broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports. Formerly published as FBIS and JPRS Reports.


Indexes, Other

A comprehensive index to more than 12 million biographical sketches in more than 3,400 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books, covering over 4 million contemporary and historical figures throughout the world.

Access primary documents central to United States foreign and military policy since 1945. Material is arranged by topical collection produced by the National Security Archives at George Washington University. Each collection contains a diverse range of policy documents including presidential directives, memos, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters and more.

Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Catalogs

Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.


General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Columbia Dictionary of Political Biography

Brief entries and International scope. Includes heads of state, party leaders, prominent public servants, labor leaders, lobbyists, etc.

Routledge dictionary of twentieth-century political thinkers

Covers Western and non-Western political philosophers, writers and activists. Includes brief bibliographies.


Country Studies

Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book, the indispensable source of information on world-wide affairs. First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in over 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
--The print version of the Europa World Handbook is available at: TC Wilson Lib Quarto JN1 .E85 --Latest edition is in Wilson Reference


Dictionaries

BBC world service glossary of current affairs

Arranged alphabetically by country. Includes information on political movements, ethnic groups, people and organizations.

Dictionary of modern politics

Includes both key ideas and specialized terms such as domino theory, SDI, etc.


Directories

Encyclopedia of Associations. National organizations of the U.S.

Contains information for approximately 22,000 nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope.


Encyclopedias

Blackwell encyclopaedia of political thought

Emphasis is Western but includes articles on Chinese, Hindu and Islamic political thought.

Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848

Oxford companion to politics of the world

A comprehensive resource with emphasis on post-World War II period. Includes some essays on themes (e.g. gender and politics).

World encyclopedia of political systems & parties

Outdated but still useful for background information on executive, legislative and judicial functions, electoral systems and political parties.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

Broad country by country coverage with bibliographies. Volume one includes country comparison tables and information from the U.N., etc.


Handbooks and Manuals

Facts on File world political almanac

Concise entries of facts relating to post World War II political events.

Handbook of political science

This older (1975), multivolume work is a collection of review articles by scholars. Includes extensive references.

Political Handbook of the World

Provides basic information on countries of the world including politcal parties, news media and
intergovernmental representation.


Yearbooks

Provides detailed information on countries of the world including statistical surveys, information on
government, finance, religion, press, publishers, radio and television, etc.

Statesman's Year-Book

Very useful and reliable yearbook providing concise, descriptive and statistical information on countries
of the world. Includes selected bibliographies for further research.


Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

Provides information about the status of and events in the world outside the U.S; links to other sites organized either by broad international affairs categories (News, Commerce, etc.) or by region.

Topical and alphabetic links to national advocacy groups (interest groups and lobbyists). Includes contact information for each group.

This Web site has comprehensive links to Presidential, Gubernatorial, US Senate & Congressional candidates and political parties. Information presented is nonpartisan and covers all 50 states.


Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Magazine Titles

Useful for tracking federal legislation. Also known as CQ Weekly Report. After 1998, this publication is known as CQ Weekly. The online version contains the full-text of articles since 1983.


News Sources

Electronic Full-Text News Sources; Online newspapers; United States and international; Online Collections of Newspaper Links; Online News Services; Newspapers on CD-ROM; Newspapers in Wilson Library(print);Indexes to News Sources; Online Indexes to Articles in Newspapers and News Magazines; Guides to More Information on News Sources. (Some resources linked from this page are available only to students, faculty, and staff of the U of M unless accessing from a U of M campus library.)

Full text coverage from 1977 to the present.


Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

The European Union's web site provides basic information on the European Union, key issues, access to official documents, legal texts, publications and direct links to individual institution's Web sites.


Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. The online version has full text from 1995-, although the series as a whole starts in 1878.


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Style Manuals

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, educators, and professionals in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and justice administration.

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.


Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.

Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources

Covers citation forms for federal, state, regional, and local documents as well as those of some international bodies.


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