Political Science & Public Affairs Databases

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CIAO Columbia International Affairs Online

Full text articles from journals, working papers, policy briefs, and books. Maps available for all regions around the world. Coverage is best for addressing a full range of international affairs and international relations topics.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: scholarly articles
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Index of materials related to political science, including history and theory, comparative, international, political psychology, law, and public administration and policy.

Dates of coverage: 1975 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles

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Academic Search Complete

Multidisciplinary database that indexes journals from a wide range of subject areas, including literature, history, ethnic studies, computer science, engineering, physics, chemistry, and medical sciences. Includes many fulltext articles. 

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: scholarly articles

Index of United Nations documents, records, reports and resolutions. Includes some fulltext documents.

Dates of coverage: 1956 - Present
Content Type: primary sources
American State Papers (1789-1838)

Collection of U.S. congressional materials originating from 1789 and covering through 1838, including 1st Congress, 1st Session through 25th Congress, 2nd Session.

Dates of coverage: 1789 - 1838
Content Type: primary sources
Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews

The Campbell Library contains peer reviewed systematic reviews of the effects of interventions in education, crime and justice, international development and social welfare for evidence based decision making. The reviews are available in full text with access to registered titles, user abstracts and approved protocols.

Dates of coverage: 2000 - present
Content Type: systematic reviews
Criminal Justice Abstracts

Index to articles and publications in the field of criminal justice including law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security. Includes some full text.

Dates of coverage: 1981 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
ICPSR Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: data
Left Index

The Left Index is a complete guide to the diverse literature of the left, with an emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. Coverage includes more than 247,500 citations and abstracts (with some full text) and spans from 1982 and earlier to present.

Dates of coverage: 1982 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Nexis Uni

Now called Nexis Uni, this database includes more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.  Includes court decisions (including historical cases dating back to the 1880s), full text law reviews, thousands of full text news sources in English and foreign languages, and current data on 13 million companies.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: news, primary sources, scholarly articles
Project MUSE

Collection of close to 250 full-text journals covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and more.

Dates of coverage: 1994 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Sage Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods includes books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by academics from across the social sciences, including the largest collection of qualitative methods books available online from any scholarly publisher. Provides access to SAGE Research Methods Datasets, SAGE Research Methods Cases, and SAGE Research Methods Video as well.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: data, ebooks, films, reference source, scholarly articles
Social Science Citation Index (Web of Science)

Multidisciplinary database that covers over 1700 journals in a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, history, psychology, political science, public health and sociology.

Dates of coverage: 1980 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Social Science Research Network

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: data, scholarly articles