POLT 10100 U.S Politics

Political Issues Databases

These guides offer guides to political and social issues, many featuring pro and con viewpoints.
  • CQ Researcher
  • CQ Magazine
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context, providing articles, podcasts, maps, statistics, images, and other resources.
  • Miller Center, an affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history. On the site are policy reports and programs on issue of the public interest.
  • ProCon.org, a nonpartisan citizenship/education organization
  • On The Issues covers topics related to election campaigns
  • Public Agenda : Check out its Understanding the Issues guide

Newspaper Coverage

For newspaper and other news sources:
  • LexisNexis Academic
  • New York Times (1980-present)
    Full-text of The New York Times from 1980 - present. For Historical coverage please use ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 - 2007)
  • National Newspapers Premier
    This database's detailed indexing will help you quickly find the news information you need. Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the papers. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.
  • Wall Street Journal (1984 - present)
    Full text of The Wall Street Journal from 1984-present. For issues from 1889-1993, see the  Wall Street Journal-ProQuest Historical Newspapers database.
  • Newspapers from around the world from World Press.org
The Big Project (UK) links to current issues of world newspapers in English, some of them have past issues available:

Government Information

General
USA.gov 
The U.S. government's official web portal. This site makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. (Formerly known as FirstGov)

Congressional Branch Executive Branch Census Bureau
  • American FactFinder
    Current population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the US Census Bureau.  Includes the Annual Survey of Manufactures, Economic Census, Current Population Estimates, Business Patterns, and American Community Surveys.  The Guided Search walks you through each step in picking the data and/or geographies you want to download. from the ​U.S. Census Bureau
    Social, demographic and economic information. Includes the American FactFinder resource.
  • American Community Survey Also from the Census Bureau, the ACS provides annual vital information for towns, cities, and even smaller units.
Judicial Branch

Selected Websites

Only a few

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Think Tanks

  • Find Policy
    Provides subject searching of think tank publications, including climate, development, economy, foreign policy, health, and public policy.
  • Think Tank Search & Guide
    Searches hundreds of think tank web sites. Also provides international lists of organizations. From Harvard's Kennedy School Library.

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