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1983–present. Onlne news magazine providing extensive coverage of Congress. For a different search interface, try the CQ Press Library
Print Location: Current Periodicals
Magazine and Web site focused on politics and policy. Current issues are on the first floor of Burling in the "Current Awareness" area (next to the windows on the northwest side of the first floor); older issues are available online in various library databases.
2008–present (with a lag of a few months). Digital scans of the Des Moines Register and New York Times. Older editions of these papers are available in other library databases and on tangible microfilm.
See the subject guide on finding newspaper and magazine articles for more sources.
A large collection of full-text legal and government publications both current and historical, covering United States Federal and State law, foreign and international law, legal classics, law journals, treaties, case law, and much more.
Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.
1915–present. Index of scholarly and non-scholarly articles, books, government documents, reports, and more, covering global public policy and social issues, from the Public Affairs Information Service.
1969–present. Provides citations for journals, books, dissertations, and working papers on economics from hundreds of sources. NOTE: Many of the articles in EconLit are working papers from the RePEc database. "Search for full text" will NOT take you to the full text of these working papers. Look for the links in the EconLit records to the full text of the working papers.
The National Bureau of Economic Research makes its research available in preliminary form to encourage discussion and suggestions for revision before publication. Documents are in PDF format and various search options are available.
Database of nearly 450,000 working papers from the Social Sciences Research Network. Primarily covering economics and law, with some political science and other subjects. Being working papers, this research may not necessarily have been peer reviewed.
Over 300,000 working papers in economics. These working papers are indexed in EconLit, so you can also find these papers by searching that database.
1973–present. Official government source for information on bills considered by the U.S. Congress. Provides overviews of legislation, profiles of members of Congress, committee information and reports, and educational materials on the legislative process. Also offers the Congressional Record from 1995 to the present.
1824–2010. Searchable database of U.S. Congressional committee hearings, both published and unpublished, with abstracts, indexing, and full-text PDFs.
Links to websites containing the state laws and state regulatory code for each of the fifty states. Maintained by the Law Librarians Association of Washington, DC.
1789–present. Provides access to the CIS Index, a comprehensive index/abstract to Congressional publications, plus the full text of some hearings, reports, and other Congressional documents, including the full text of the Congressional Record. Also contains an extensive collection of Executive Branch documents.
Cost estimates for legislation proposed in Congress, plus reports on various issues related to the federal budget and the U.S. economy.
Official reports, legal decisions, and other information on federal spending from the "Congressional watchdog" agency.
"Find contact information for federal, state, local, or tribal governments and elected officials."
1994-present. Background information, including data, about nearly all U.S. social programs.
For programs that are tax expenditures, see “Tax Expenditures: Compendium of Background Material on Individual Provisions” by the Congressional Research Service.
Find regulations issued and proposed by all U.S. government agencies. This information can also be found in the Federal Register, but this site is generally easier to navigate.
Gateway to science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results from over 60 scientific databases.
Fully searchable content management system and repository for official Federal Government publications, providing free online access to the documents of all three branches of the U.S. government.
1976–present. Indexes all types of U.S. government documents, such as reports, hearings, debates, and records, from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
Information about the President's annual proposed budget, plus historical data about actual federal revenue and spending. Most historical data is available from approximately 1940 to present.
Annotated links to reliable online information about U.S., foreign and international law.
Washington, DC, based think tank "committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity and strengthening free enterprise." Researches and produces reports on both domestic and foreign policy issues.
Reports by the Congressional Research Service, a government agency that provides think tank-style reports on a variety of subjects to the members of Congress. Current reports are available at this link; older reports can be found in an archive run by the University of North Texas (link below).
Washington, DC, based think tank that researches and publishes reports in all areas of U.S. public policy.
Washington, DC, based think tank that focuses on "fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals."
1972-present. Thousands of reports by the Congressional Research Service, a government agency that provides think tank-style reports on a variety of subjects to the members of Congress. Via the University of North Texas Digital Library.
"The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions."
Hundreds of book-length reports and workshop reports for free download from the National Academies, including the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council’s many centers on policy-relevant social and natural science topics. Free registration required.
Umbrella organization for research projects focused on specific issues, including the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Pew Internet and American Life Project, Pew Global Attitudes Project, Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project, and the Pew Research Center Social and Demographic Trends studies. Pew's projects are particularly notable for their public opinion polling.
A joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution focused on tax policy.
Washington, DC, based think tank that researches and publishes reports on domestic policies in the United States, with a particular but not exclusive focus on policies related to communities that are vulnerable because of poverty and/or race.
Extensive list of think tanks and advocacy groups, organized by area of focus. Includes Custom Google Searches that allow searching the websites of all groups who work on a particular topic. Produced by the University of Oregon Libraries.
Custom Google Search of the websites of nine economically-focused think tanks from across the political spectrum, from both the U.S. and the U.K.
Search the websites of more than 600 think tanks and research centers, including both U.S. and non-U.S. think tanks. Created by the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Lists of the top-ranked think tanks in different regions of the world and focusing on different topics. Produced by The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania.
Searchable catalog of data available from the U.S. federal government.
View the full text of resolutions brought before the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council and see how specific countries voted on those resolutions. Includes every resolution from the beginning of the United Nations to the present. Click on "New Keyword Search" under "Voting Records."
For more sources for public opinion data and statistical information, see the subject guide for data and statistics.
A collection of federal legislative histories, periodicals, congressional hearings, Supreme Court briefs, and other government documents relating to gun-control legislation in America. Resources also include an extensive bibliography, links to scholarly articles, and a selection of external resources. Part of the HeinOnline collections.
A collection of articles curated by Annual Review that focus on understanding discriminatory policing of minorities, on bias in the criminal justice system, on inequalities in healthcare, and on other relevant issues.
View county-level maps of dozens of economic, social, political, and environmental indicators for the United States. Produced by the Jefferson Institute.
From the Georgetown University Law Library.
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