Selected Resources for: Politics, United States

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Subject Librarian:

Mary E. Schoenborn

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This subject covers: the study of American government and politics. See Also Legislation and Politics (General Aspects) on the previous page.


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Use this popular research database to find business articles from 2,200 journals and magazines in marketing, management, information technology, operations, human resources, accounting, finance and economics dating back to 1965. Additional company and industry profiles from Datamonitor are included along with country reports and SWOT analyses.

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.

Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

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.


Catalogs & Indexes to Government Publications

Congressional Publications & Executive Branch Documents provides access to full-text, indexing, and abstracts of published and unpublished Hearings, Congressional Committee Prints, and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports.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 Documents 1789-1932


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and 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 provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

ProQuest Newspapers provides indexing and full text access to 1,270 newspapers and wire feeds. Full-text titles include major U.S. daily newspapers such as the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

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

CQ Press is a publisher of research about the American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. CQ Researcher includes reports on current affairs, social policy and other controversies back to 1923. CQ Almanac has analysis on the major legislation and actions of congress for each year since 1945. CQ Weekly provides in-depth reporting on public policy, politics, congressional legislation, and elections extending back to 1983. Other content includes Voting and Elections Collection and Politics in America.

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.

PolicyFile draws its content from public policy think tanks, university research programs, research organizations and publishers. Some well known contributors include: the American Enterprise Institute, Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Cato Institute, Center for Defense Information, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Democratic Leadership Council, Economic Strategy Institute, Federation of American Scientists, Heritage Foundation, Hoover Institution, Hudson Institute, Institute for International Economics, International Monetary Fund, National Center for Policy Analysis, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, RAND Corporation, United States Institute of Peace, and the World Bank. Where available, access to home pages, electronic mail addresses and fulltext are made available within individual abstracts.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Catalogs

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.

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

Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)
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General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

A government produced compilation of biographies of all members of Congress, past and present.

Political profiles

Covers the Truman,Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon-Ford years. Each volume contains approximately 500 biographies of influential leaders including officeholders, journalists, activists, etc.

Who's who in American politics

Includes listings for individuals participating in politics at the state and national level. Mayors are included for cities over 50,000.


Dictionaries

More than 1,000 entries. Includes international organizations and programs in which the U.S. participates.

Includes Terms, phrases and processes relating local, state and national politics.


Directories

Gives a political overview of each state with information on governors, senators and representatives. Includes background and analysis for each district along with brief biographies,election results, key votes, etc..

The Congressional Directory contains standard directory information on the current Congress, plus session dates for each house since 1789, statistics on Congress, lists of Governors, a list of the Presidents and which Congresses met during their administrations and much more.

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

Covers all branches of the federal government. This directory provides overviews of the organizational structure for federal government agencies. Look up contact names, phone numbers, and email addresses.

"Providing a profile of the corporate public affairs profession in the United States..."

A directory of mostly nonprofit public affairs organizations. Provides detailed information on more than 200 influential special interest and public policy groups.

Provides links to all 50 states, many counties, and a number of city governments. Also provides selective categories for multistate sites, federal resources, national organizations, and tribal governments.

Taylor's encyclopedia of government officials, federal and state.

Lists top officials of the national branches of the government and of the 50 states.


Encyclopedias

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

Studies of the principal movements and ideas. Authoritative and scholarly good bibliographies.

Political parties and elections in the United States


General Reference Works

A weekly world news digest with of important news stories, providing concise profiles of state, national, and international events; Includes a detailed name and subject index.


Handbooks and Manuals

A compendium of information on all branches of state government. Includes directory-type information.

Municipal year book

Information on local municipal government officials.

Government offices and contact information for all 50 states. Use this directory to understand how state agencies are organized and to find phone number and email addresses.

As the official handbook of the Federal Government, The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The Manual also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees.


Public Opinion Resources

Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 500,000+ questions and responses, from 14,000+ surveys, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.

An independent, nonpartisan resource on American public opinion covering politics, elections, current events, national security and other issues. Collects numerous polls from major news organizations.

Annotated guide to a variety of resources for locating survey research and consumer poll data.


Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

Political parties, media election sites, voting- and election-related organizations, and election reform, statistics, and polls sites. Selected by the Federal Documents Task Force, Government Documents Round Table, American Library Association.

GPO Access is a service of the US Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.

Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Includes links to Minnesota public policy organizations and indexes to national special interest groups.

Minnesota E-Democracy was established in 1994 and created the world's first election-oriented web site. While it sponsors election year online partnerships to promote citizen access to election information and interaction, its primary focus is the use of the Internet to improve citizen participation and real world governance.


Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Journal Titles

The National Journal Online, the leading weekly covering politics, policy and government, and providing non partisan insight into issues, trends and people. Fully searchable archives back to 1977. Also includes online access to: Almanac of American Politics, Hotline, CongressDaily, and Technology Daily.


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.)


Primary Source Materials

Reports

Designed as a starting place for research, 48 reports per year provide background on current topics of widespread interest. The reports define the issues and include a chronology and extensive bibliographies.


Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Official site of the Democratic National Party. Partisan perspective on issues.

The official site of the Republican Party. Partisan perspective on issues.


Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. This site provides easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.

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.

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


University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

Guide to selected sources providing alternative or non-traditional American viewpoints.


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