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Political Science Research Guide


Gretchen L. Gano
Social Science Librarian

Frost Library
PO Box: AC# 2256
413-542-5352
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Books | Course Guides | Databases | Reference | Data | Primary


Course Guides

Spring 2012

Political Science 475


Databases

CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online (1991 to present)

Congressional Publications
Index to U.S. congressional material, some full text.

IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (1951 to present)
Indexes about 3,000 journals and 7,000 books per year.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)
Integrates scholarly, academic, and statistical content from a variety of sources to provide differing points of view on current social issues.

PAIS International (1972 to present)
Coverage of articles, selected books, government documents, research reports, etc., from a wide range of social sciences.

Political Science Abstracts (1975 to present)
Covers international journals in political science and its complementary fields.


Reference

Encyclopedia of Social Measurement

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Scholarly surveys of all aspects of social sciences.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Provides statistical tables and charts covering various aspects of social, political and economic conditions of the United States.


Data/Statistics

Historical Statistics of the United States
Standard source for quantitative information about the U.S., updated and includes 37,000 data series.

ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
World's largest archive of computerized social science data, provides abstracts and data.

IMF Statistical Databases
Includes International Financial Statistics with history to 1948, Direction of Trade with history to 1980, Balance of Payments with history to 1960 and Government Finance Statistics with history to 1990.

Indiastat.com (Username/Password required for access is available from the Reference Desk.)
India-specific socioeconomic statistical facts and figures; data can be downloaded in Excel or HTML.

iPOLL
Database contains survey questions and answers asked in the US over the last 70+ years by more than 150 survey organizations. Create a personal registration for access to full features.

Roper Express
Archives datasets from thousands of surveys with national adult, state, foreign, and special subpopulation samples. Create a personal registration to access datasets and full features.

Statistical Insight (ProQuest)
Searches U.S. federal government (1974-present), international intergovernmental (1983-present), state government and privately published documents (1981-present) that contain statistics. Many tables are available online as images or Excel files.

WDI Online (1960 to present)
World Development Indicators providing international social and economic statistics from the World Bank.


Primary Sources

Aluka
Digital resources and data in three major content areas: African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes, The African Plants Initiative and Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa.

American State Papers (1789-1838)
Full-image database of legislative and executive documents of Congress. Continued by U.S. Congressional Serial Set.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1976)
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Preceded by American State Papers.