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Government and Political Affairs

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  • CIA World Factbook
    The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 countries and other world entities.
  • CQ Researcher
    Provides in-depth, unbiased reports on today's current and controversial issues. Each lengthy report covers a single topic and includes summaries, pros and cons, bibliographies and more.
  • Encyclopedia of Governance ( SRO )
    The Encyclopedia of Governance offers information on topics related to the changing nature and role of the state in recent times and the ways in which these roles have been conceptualized in the areas of political science, public administration, political economy, and sociology.
  • Encyclopedia of Political Theory ( SRO )
    Examines the ideas of the major political theorists from before Plato to our own times: the main schools of political thought; the concepts and issues that have interested political theorists; and some of the main institutions and practices inspired by political thought.
  • Points of View
    Contains essays that present multiple sides of current issues. The database covers 250 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and critical thinking guide. The database also indexes magazine and newspaper articles, radio and TV transcripts, and primary source documents related to each topic.

Finding Articles

  • Academic Search Complete  
    Features thousands of full-text journal articles covering a broad range of topics including current events, government, politics, public policy and law as well as topics in areas such as science, social science, the humanities and many other fields.
  • Lexis - Nexis Academic
    Includes full-text news articles from major US and international newspapers, law review and bar journal articles and court decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts and State courts for all 50 States plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and other U.S. territories.

Finding Books

Finding Government Information

  • THOMAS : Legislative Information from the Library of Congress
    THOMAS offers access to a wide range of legislative information on the Congress, including the full text of the Congressional Record and bills for the 101st to the present Congress, House and Senate roll call votes, legislative action on Presidential nominations and treaties, committee reports, and days-in-session and House floor calendars. Classroom activities, lesson plans, and links to primary resources designed for use by teachers are also offered.
  • Catalog of US Government Publications
    The Catalog includes descriptive records for historical and current publications issued by all branches of the federal government, including Congress, the Supreme Court, and executive branch departments. Many documents published in recent years are available in full-text through a direct link.
  • GovTrack.us
    GovTrack.us tracks legislation and votes in the United States Congress and provides information on members of Congress, bills and resolutions, voting records and Congressional committees

Finding Statistics

  • American Community Survey
    The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year -- giving communities the information they need to plan investments and services.
  • Data-Planet
    Data-Planet provides easy access to an extensive repository of statistical data on many subjects, including government and public policy topics. Data can be presented in charts, maps, graphs and table form and is downloadable in a variety of formats.
  • FedStats
    Provides access to statistics and information produced by more than 100 U.S. government agencies. Topics covered include economic and population trends, health care, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, crime, education and more.
  • Govistics
    Includes spending, revenue, employment and crime data for state, county, parish, city, town, borough and village governments across the United States. Spending and revenue information for school districts is also included. The site includes tools and interactive charts and graphs to help you analyze data. All data can be exported to Excel.
  • Social Explorer
    An online research tool which offers quick and easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information. The web interface lets users create maps and reports to better illustrate, analyze and understand demography and social change.

Finding Public Opinion Research

  • Gallup Poll News Service
    Published each business day, articles from the Gallup Poll News Service analyze public opinion findings and trends in politics, business, social issues, and Americans' lifestyles.
  • Pew Global Attitudes Project - United States
    The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project conducts public opinion surveys around the world on a broad array of subjects ranging from people’s assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day.

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