Articles & Databases : Political Science & Law
Coverage: coverage varies
Very large image-based legal research database includes such collections as: Legal Classics, Law Journal Library, U.S. Supreme Court Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, Treaties and Agreements Library and more.
Coverage: coverage varies
Collection of core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences digitized in most cases back to the first date of issue. JSTOR also includes selected books, primary sources and other materials for academic work.
Provides access to a wide range of news (includes New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times), business (company news, industry forecasts), government (legislative news, tax information), legal (news, case law) and reference information. Formerly LexisNexis Academic.
Oxford Bibliographies Online: International Law
This database covers international law with citations and full text articles as well as listings for library catalogs, bibliographic indexes, records of court decisions, and other lists that show thousands of resources that might also be useful.
Oxford Bibliographies Online: International Relations
This database provides citations and full text that cover the study of foreign affairs and political interaction between states. cultural, economic, legal, military, and political relations of all states and their component populations, as well as non-state actors and international organizations.
Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science
This database offers citations and full text that cover the study of the struggle by humans to gain and use power and authority for useful or destructive reasons through a variety of methodological tools and theoretical concepts and in a variety of sub-disciplines and specialties.
American Presidency Project
Comprehensive resources on the US presidency; over 100,000 documents to date, covering all 44 presidencies and including public papers, executive orders, proclamations, addresses, and press conferences from many of the presidencies. Users will also find summary data for presidential elections, approval ratings, public appearances, executive branch growth, and congressional activity.
Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Statistics collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
Online collection of publications in the French language, in the area of social sciences and humanities. Selected English abstracts and articles can be accessed at CAIRN International Edition.
Chatham House Online Archive
Contains the publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). Content includes briefing papers, special reports, pamphlets, conference papers, and monographs, as well as audio recordings of key figures in international affairs. Includes access to the full text of Chatham House’s two flagship publications: International Affairs and The World Today.
Chicago Manual of Style Online
Latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, with access to previous edition.
[University of Chicago]
China Academic Journals
CAJ is a comprehensive, full-text database of Chinese journals dating back to 1915. Available collections include: Education/Social Sciences, Literature/History/Philosophy, Economy & Management,and Politics/Military Affairs/Law. Access is provided by English or Chinese language interfaces. All content is Chinese language.
[East View Information Services]
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
A comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It provides a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, conference proceedings, books, journals, and policy briefs. It also includes teaching materials such as case studies and course packs of background readings. All sections of CIAO are updated monthly.
[Columbia University Press]
Coverage: current and historical
A service of the Library of Congress that makes federal legislative information freely available. Features and content include: bills and resolutions, the Congressional Record, committee reports, information on treaties, teacher resources, and more. Formerly THOMAS.
Full Text. Links to constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents from nations of the world.
CQ Press Library
Integrates various reference titles on government and politics, incuding CQ Almanac, CQ Researcher, CQ Magazine (formerly CQ Weekly), CQ Congress Collection, the Voting and Elections Collection, and more, into a user-friendly, electronic format. Users have the ability to cross-search resources within the CQ Press Library.
Criminal Justice Abstracts
Provides comprehensive coverage of the major journals in criminology and related disciplines, extensive coverage of books, and unparalleled access to reports from government and nongovernmental agencies.
Data-Planet Statistical Datasets
Provides access to statistical data produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. Charts, maps, views, rankings, time series and tables are available for use in the Data-Planet repository. Data-Planet Statistical Datasets offers capabilities to compare & contrast multiple data series, perform statistical calculations on the data, and customize output views.
Digital Library for International Research
Bibliographic and full-text primary and secondary source information, covering both print collections and research collections in other media in Europe, the Near and Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and West Africa. Includes bibliographic materials from Inner Asia and the New World.
Digital National Security Archive
Consists of curated and indexed government documents covering U.S. policy toward critical world events – including their military, intelligence, diplomatic and human rights dimensions – from 1945 to the present.
Dissertations & Theses @ George Mason University
Access full text of dissertations and theses in pdf format, as well as online 24 page preview. Content submitted by George Mason University, and published in Dissertation Abstracts.
Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution
This is the digital edition of the historical and legal scholarship that draws upon sources to trace the Constitution̕’s progress through each of the thirteen states’ conventions. The digital edition allows users to search the complete contents by date, title, author, recipient, or state affiliation and preserves the copious annotations of the print edition.
[University of Virginia Press]
DTIC (Defense Technical Information Center) Technical Reports
Publicly available scientific and technical reports conveying results of research sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Defense, development, test and evaluation efforts on a wide range of topics. Collection includes both citations and many full-text, downloadable documents from mid-1900s to present.
[Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)]
Early American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1690-1900
Includes fully searchable issues from almost 1000 historical American newspapers. Focusing largely on the 18th and early 19th centuries, this online collection is based on Clarence S. Brigham’s “History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820” and other authoritative bibliographies.
Early American Newspapers: Virginia
Access the early newspapers, often printed by small-town printers, which documented daily life in Virginia communities, supported different political parties and recorded both majority and minority views for nearly three centuries (1736-1920); as well as the Richmond-Times Dispatch (1903-1986).
Early English Books Online (EEBO)
A collection of works printed in English now containing full-text images of 100,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) & the Early English Tract Supplement. EEBO covers many subjects including English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, & science.
Provides information on Congressional earmarks as part of an effort to bring greater accountability to federal spending.
[US Office of Management and Budget]
EconLit with Full Text
Provides bibliographic coverage of a wide range of economics-related literature. An expanded version of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) indexes of journals, books and dissertations, EconLit covers both economic theory and application.
Emerging Sources Citation Index
Covers relatively new high-quality, peer-reviewed publications of regional importance in emerging research fields, from 2005 to present. The journals are being evaluated over a period of time for inclusion in the highly selective Web of Science indexes on the arts and humanities, science, and social sciences.
Provides direct free access to European Union law. The system makes it possible to consult the Official Journal of the European Union and it includes inter alia the treaties, legislation, case-law and legislative proposals.
Europa World Year Book
Online version of the print Europa World Year Book. Provides lengthy descriptions of countries and international organizations as well as multinational comparative statistics.
European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL)
EDAL provides summaries of case law that interpret refugee and asylum law from 20 European states, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the European Court of Human Rights. Summaries are in English and the national language of the member state that provided the original judgement. Each summary is written by experts who follow specific criteria, style and methodology, with the intention of informing policy makers, practitioners, and scholars.
Provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government through searching, by topic and linking to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1975-1996
Access full text of reports issued 1975-1996. Created by the U.S. intelligence community to benefit policy makers and analysts, FBIS Daily Reports offer foreign views and perspectives on historical events from thousands of monitored broadcasts and publications. See World News Connection for broadcasts from 1996 to 2013. See FBIS Electronic Index, below, for a subject search option.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Electronic Index
Provides subject access to the Daily Reports issued by the U.S. Government, including translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations worldwide. Focuses on international political, economic, scientific, and cultural issues and events; covers all regions and reflects the changes that have occurred in them1975-1996. See World News Connection for broadcasts from 1996 to 2013.
Foreign Relations between Latin America and the Caribbean States, 1930-1944
Organized by country, this collection covers a wide range of viewpoints on political, social, and economic issues. It sheds light on the foreign relations interactions between Central American and South American countries. In the Caribbean, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic are represented. This collection includes cables, memoranda, correspondence, reports and analyzes, and treaties.
Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
Note: This resource is temporarily unavailable. For an alternative resource see: Global Legal Information Catalog. GLIN is a public database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN. All summaries are available to the public, and public access to full texts is also available in participating jurisdictions.
Government Periodicals Index
Coverage: coverage varies
Indexes more than 300 current periodicals including newsletters published by agencies and departments of the U.S. government. Covers 1988 to the present.
Harvard Kennedy School Think Tank Search
Search across over 600 think tank websites using this custom Google search.
Homeland Security Digital Library
Provides access to U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents, as well as specialized resources such as dissertations, reports, and position papers from universities, research institutions, think tanks, U.S. local and state agencies, and international organizations.
House Unpublished Hearings Digital Collection
Congressional Hearings Digital Collection includes abstracting, indexing, bibliographic information, and searchable PDFs for Congressional hearings from 1973-1979. Access through the "Advanced Search" tab.
Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981
This resource provides coverage of English language legal information, with international coverage of scholarly articles, symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews and more. Coverage also includes: annual surveys of laws by jurisdiction; annual surveys of federal court cases; yearbooks and annual institutes. Full text is available for over 400 periodicals.
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
Maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. Mason Users Only: must create MyData account to download data. Support available here. For additional assistance, please contact the Libraries' Data Services or consult the ICPSR InfoGuide on how to find and use data from the ICPSR.
International Center for Not-for-Profit Law Online Library
Searchable directory of legal documents, court cases, reports, and other civil society resources from countries around the world.
International Country Risk Guide
Source of country risk analysis and ratings. ICRG monitors 140 countries and provides financial, political, and economic risk information and forecasts.
International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (IESBS)
Offers foundational, interdisciplinary knowledge across a wide range of behavioral and social sciences fields, including anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Entries include discussion of history, current trends, and research in these fields.
International Statistical Agencies
Listing of International Statistical Agencies by the Bureau of Census.
[Bureau of Census]
Journal Citation Reports
Coverage: 1999 --
Compiles articles' cited references, to help measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and show the relationship between citing and cited journals. Evaluates leading journals worldwide, in the sciences and social sciences. Part of the InCites platform available through Web of Science.
Keesing's World News Archives
A searchable archive of articles from Keesing’s contemporary archives, 1931-1986, and Keesing’s record of world events, 1987-. Provides a detailed summary of the world’s political, social, and economic events.
[Keesing's Worldwide, LLC]
Independent and reliable information and analysis about Latin America and the Caribbean with an emphasis on the problems and situations that affect the human rights of vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the population.
Collection of scholarly publications including law journals, documents, and case studies, including over 250 full-text journals. This database provides information centered on the discipline of law and legal topics such as criminal justice, international law, federal law, organized crime, and ethics. Indexing and abstracts are provided for all journals in the collection.
A Federal legislative history service that makes available researched compilations of digital full text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws.
LexisNexis State Capital
Access to state government information including state bills and laws, constitutions, proposed and enacted regulations, newspapers of record, articles about legislative issues affecting the states, and legislature membership.
LLMC - Digital (Law Library Microform Consortium Digital)
Online access to the full text of the Law Library Microform Consortium collection of legal and government documents material.
Loeb Classical Library
A digital version of the Loeb Classical Library, founded by James Loeb in 1911. Offers introductions, texts, and translations of ancient Greek and Latin writings, covering most major classical authors. The collection contains more than 500 volumes spanning from Homer (700 BCE) to Bede (700 CE).
[Harvard University Press]
Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law 1600-1926
Provides full-text access to international and foreign law primary source materials, including monographs on the laws of foreign jurisdictions covering dozens of countries. Coverage is primarily from the 19th and early 20th century, but there are also several hundred classics in European international law since the 17th century. Also, provides comparisons to multiple legal systems, including Ancient Law, Roman Law, Jewish Law, and Islamic Law.
Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926
Provides digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on US and British law published from 1800 through 1926. Full-text searching on more than 10 million pages provides researchers access to legal history.
Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources I & II
Designed to complement The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, this archive offers online access to state and municipal codes, documents relating to constitutional conventions, and other resources in American legal history.
Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926
Offers online access to the collections of the law libraries of Harvard and Yale, and the Library of the Bar of the City of New York.
Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978
A primary source tool for the study of all aspects of American history as well as the U.S. judicial system, containing nearly 11 million images of records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in the period 1832-1978.
Military and Government Collection
Offers current news for all branches of the military, through a thorough offering of periodicals, academic journals and other related content. Content also includes country reports and relevant government documents.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts
Coverage: 1970- Present
Provides thousands of summaries of important law enforcement and criminal justice publications including books, government reports, research reports, journals and unpublished research. Topics covered within the database include corrections, courts, crime statistics, domestic preparedness, drugs, juvenile justice, law enforcement, and victims. Content dates range from 1970 to present.
Comprehensive resource on politics and policy for the academic community.
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Open-access database, it includes thousands of theses and dissertations from 1902 to the present.
Oxford Bibliographies Online
Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides to a variety of subjects., including African Studies, Anthropology, Atlantic History, Cinema and Media Studies, Classics, Criminology, Education, International Law, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Management, Music, Political Science, and Sociology.
[Oxford University Press]
Oxford Handbooks Online
Offers review essays that evaluate the current thinking on a field or topic in a given subject area, and makes original arguments about the future direction of the debate. Handbooks available through GMU cover the fields of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics and Finance, Linguistics, Music, Physics, and Political Science.
Oxford Scholarship Online
Provides access to academic works published March 2015 onward, in subject areas across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law.
[Oxford University Press]
Oxford University Press Journals
Coverage: coverage varies
Over 100 periodical titles in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences. The full text is generally available for the past several years, though abstracts of articles date back additional years.
Covers issues in the public debate through selective coverage of a variety of international sources including journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more, from1972 to present. Includes PAIS Archive, covering content published in print 1915-1976.
Papers of the Nixon Administration: The President's Confidential and Subject Special Files, 1969-1974
Consists of documents of an administratively-sensitive nature, arranged according to subject from President Nixon’s Special Files collection, comprising the Confidential and Subject Files 1969-1974. Provides an in-depth look into the activities of the President, his closest advisers, and the administration.
A searchable database of the conservative movement, indexing over 2200 public policy experts by area of expertise. The site enables users to search for experts by name, organization, or issue.
Political Science Complete
Citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international journal literature in political science and related fields, including international relations, law, and public administration/policy. Database also provides access to full-text reference works, and conference papers, including those of the International Political Science Association.
Price Control in the Courts: The U.S. Emergency Court of Appeals, 1941-1961
Provides a unique look into the creation and activities of the temporary Emergency Court of Appeals, created by the Emergency Price Control Act of 1942 and staffed by federal judges from the district courts and courts of appeals, with exclusive jurisdiction to determine the validity of price control regulations.
Coverage: 1789- Present
Offers access to congressional publications dealing with the wide variety of topics addressed by Congress. Includes U.S. Serial Set, Congressional Hearings and Testimony, Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports, Congressional Record, Legislative Insight, and U.S. Bills and Resolutions; as well as Executive Branch Documents (1789-1939), and Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations.
ProQuest Research Library
Provides access to more than 4,000 titles from general reference databases, including a diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines covering over 150 academic disciplines.
ProQuest Social Sciences Collections
Provides global indexing of the scholarly literature in the social sciences, including full-text scholarly journals and key non-periodical sources such as dissertations and working papers, covering political science, sociology, the applied social sciences, criminal justice, education, and other areas. Search one or more of these databases, from Alt-PressWatch to Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.
ProQuest Statistical Insight
Find all statistics issued by the US government since 1973; 1000 of the best statistical publications of private and state government sources and approximately 2000 titles from international agencies. Includes Statistical Abstract of the U.S., and Statistical Abstracts of the World.
Note: Full text docs offered in GIF, PDF, XLS and CSV formats
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
Searchable news and information from Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Southwestern Asia.
Index, abstracts and full-text of over 20,000 titles in the RAND archive dating back to 1946. Areas covered include energy, education, health, justice, the environment, and international and military affairs.
Provides regulatory histories for individual federal statutes and Executive Orders by compiling pertinent Federal Register articles into a research-friendly workspace similar to Legislative Insight. The database aims to cover 1936 to the present.
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
Access data from the leading educational facility in the field of public opinion using iPOLL, a full-text database of more than 600,000 questions from national public opinion surveys since 1935. iPoll provides results from survey organizations such as Gallup, Harris Interactive, Pew Research, ABC, CBS, etc. Use RoperExpress to download the Center’s dataset collection in ASCII or SPSS formats.
Routledge Handbooks Online
Provides overviews of classic and current research and future trends in the social sciences and humanities; as well as guides to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. Full-text access to peer-reviewed content available for the subject collections in criminal justice & criminology, politics, and security studies.
[Taylor & Francis]
Social Science Database
Offers indexing for more than a thousand academic journals, most with full text. Covers a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work and sociology.
Social Sciences Citation Index
A multidisciplinary database indexing more than 3,000 journals across 55 social science disciplines, as well as selected items from 3,500 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals. Coverage from 1900 to the present. Part of Web of Science.
Springer eBook Collections
Provides access to more than 45,000 titles in the areas of Behavioral Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences, Business and Management, Chemistry and Materials Science, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics and Finance, Education, Energy, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Mathematics/Statistics, Medicine, Physics and Astronomy, and Professional and Applied Computing. The collections are searchable down to the chapter level, and are integrated with available Springer online journals.
Survey Research Center
Provides interdisciplinary social and behavioral science research involving the collection and analysis of data, especially data from scientific sample surveys. Research themes include: Aging & Retirement; Economic Behavior; Obesity; Poverty & Inequality; Substance Abuse. Affiliated with the University of Michigan.
Terrorism and Insurgency Centre
Provides a complete profile of the world’s significant terrorist, guerrilla and insurgent groups. You can analyze activity by a wide range of criteria, including by group, country of origin, tactics, targets, political, religious or other affiliations.
[Jane's Information Group]
U.S. Congressional Serial Set
A collection of U.S. government publications compiled under the directive of Congress. Included are reports, documents, and journals of the Senate and House of Representatives. Access through the "Advanced" search link in ProQuest Congressional.
U.S. Federal Legislative History Library
Selected legislative histories available in full-text, fully searchable format.
United Nations Official Document System (ODS)
Coverage: 1993 -- present
Covers all types of official UN documentation from 1993 forward, except: press releases, UN sales publications, the UN Treaty Series or information brochures issued by the Department of Public Information. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards.
Covers the Virginia General Assembly legislative sessions from 1994 onward. Provides the full-text of Bills and Resolutions, the code of Virginia, and the Administrative Code.
Virginia State Documents
List of publications currently in print and available to the public from agencies of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is compiled from reports submitted to the Library of Virginia by agencies, departments, divisions, and institutions or branches of the state government.
[Commonwealth of Virginia]
We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death: Freedom Riders in the South, 1961
Collection includes surveillance reports, chronologies, witness statements and more from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Library. These materials provide unique (and in some cases recently declassified) insight into the Freedom Rides, the Kennedy administration and the segregated South.
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Collection contains formerly classified U.S. government documents, covering the period from the end of World War II to the present day. These documents tell the story of how America built up the world’s largest supply of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. It includes access to previously unpublished reports, memoranda, cables, intelligence briefs, classified articles, military manuals and directives.
Access data from all the World Bank data sources--more than 50 databases freely available through the World Databank.
A complete geographical handbook, featuring 267 full-color maps and flags of all nations and geographical entities. Each country profile tracks demographic, ethnicity, literacy, political, and economic data.
Note: updated yearly
World News Connection
Online news service that offers an extensive array of translated and English-language news and information compiled from thousands of non-U.S. media sources, including news agencies, newspapers, and radio and television stations. World News Connection covers content from 1995-2013. For earlier coverage, see Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1975-1996.
[East View Information Services]
Offers both a free resource library of current trade news and resources, as well as a subscription service (the DSC Service), which provides summary and analysis of all WTO reports and arbitrations; a current keyword index; a database of dispute settlement tables and statistics; and a user-friendly search tool for WTO cases, legal texts, and other documents.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
This resource is no longer available. Try Political Science Complete.
Yearbook of International Organizations Online
Published by the Union of International Associations, this resource provides up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of international nonprofit organizations, both governmental & non-governmental. It provides directory information for thousands of organizations and detailed profiles of each.
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