POLT 31900 US Politics in the Long Term

Finding articles

The following periodical databases may be the most relevant to use when researching U.S. Politics.
  • Academic Search Premier
    A multidisciplinary database that allows you to access articles from both scholarly journals and popular magazines. A high percentage of the articles indexed are available in full text or as pdfs.
  • ProQuest Research Library
    Another multidisciplinary database that allows you to access articles from both scholarly journals and popular magazines. A high percentage of the articles indexed are available in full text or as pdfs.
  • JSTOR
    Another multidisciplinary database, but one with strengths in history and politics. Most useful for articles written long ago. Does not include current coverage. Great for instant gratification, since all articles indexed are available as pdfs.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    A database for newspapers, legal research, and business coverage, with several special collections for following politics. Everything indexed is available in full text, but not full content. No pdf versions of the articles, and illustrations, portraits, charts, and graphs are missing.
  • America: History and Life
    A very appropriate database for examining historical aspects of politics. Only some of the articles are available in full text.

US Government databases

Most of these databases provide information other than journal articles.
  • FDsys (GPO's Federal Digital System)
    From the Government Printing Office, Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to data and documents submitted by Congress, the Judiciary, and Federal agencies. Includes the Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, bills, and hearings. Coverage in most cases back to the 1990s; a few items date back to 1951. Full text options include both PDF and XML formats. 
  • Thomas - Legislative Information
    One of the first major online resources from the United States govenment. Provides access to all manner of legislative information, including bills, public laws, roll call votes, and committee reports. Bills and resolutions date back to the 93rd Congress (1973-1974). The Congressional Record is available back to the 101st Congress (1989-1990).

Contact Us

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John Henderson

Social Sciences Librarian
(607) 274-1961

Resources for Primary Sources

Through the library:

On the web:

Other Web Resources

American Political Development, A Bibliography for Teaching and Research, prepared by Dave Robertson, University of Missouri-St. Louis. In addition to primary sources, this bibliography lists major resources sorted by theme and period.

History Matters
. From a consortium of institutions, including George Mason University's Center for History and New Media, a gateway to web resources that "offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence."