POLT 31900 US Politics in the Long Term
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.
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.
- Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)
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).
There are many ways to search for books in the Ithaca College library. Using the correct Library of Congress Subject Headings is one of the most efficient. These are a sampling of subject headings that might be appropriate for different projects. Once you find one book that looks relevant, look at the record for other subject headings to try.
- Political culture--United States.
- United States--Politics and government.
- United States--History--Philosophy
- Social classes--United States
- Class consciousness--United States
- Social conflict--United States
- Political parties--United States
- Politics, Practical--United States
- Elections--United States
- Conservatism--United States
- Liberalism--United States
- Socialism--United States
- Sectionalism (United States)
- United States--Economic policy
- Public welfare--United States.
- Income distribution--United States.
- Mass media--Political aspects--United States
- Mass media and public opinion
- Television and politics
Resources for Primary Sources
Through the library:
On the web:
- Internet Archive: Texts & Hathi Trust
Both resources contain a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction. Many historical texts that are no longer in print or commercially available and older than 1922 can be freely accessed in full-text. An advantage of the Internet Archive and the Hathi Trust over GoogleBooks, is that texts are available in multiple formats and, with certain limits in place, pages or whole works can be printed, copied, and downloaded.
- The Avalon Project provides digital access to documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. Organized by century.
- A guide to and a list of Primary Sources on the Web, from the American Library Association
- Making of America, Michigan
- Making of America, Cornell
- American Memory, from the Library of Congress
- Documenting the American South, UNC
- American Presidency Project