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Newspaper and Magazine Articles

CQ Weekly Restricted Resource
Online; 1983-present. News magazine providing extensive coverage of Congress.
For a different search interface, try CQ Press Library
National Journal
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); issues more than 14 days old are available in Academic Search Premier.
ProQuest Digital Microfilm Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
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.
Newspapers and Magazines
See the subject guide on finding newspaper and magazine articles for more sources.

Scholarly Articles

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Restricted Resource
Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.
PAIS International Restricted Resource
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.
EconLit Restricted Resource
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.
NBER Working Papers Restricted Resource
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.
SSRN eLibrary
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.

Government Information

Congress.gov
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.
ProQuest Congressional Hearings Digital Collection - Historical Archive Restricted Resource
1824-2010. Searchable database of U.S. Congressional committee hearings, both published and unpublished, with abstracts, indexing, and full-text PDFs.
ProQuest Congressional Restricted Resource
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.
Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
Cost estimates for legislation proposed in Congress, plus reports on various issues related to the federal budget and the U.S. economy.
Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Official reports, legal decisions, and other information on federal spending from the "Congressional watchdog" agency.
Government Agencies and Elected Officials
"Find contact information for federal, state, local, or tribal governments and elected officials."
Green Book of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives
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.
Key U.S. Government Reports
2000-present. Selected reports from many government agencies on topics ranging from national security to climate change. Via the U.S. State Department.
Regulations.gov
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.
Science.gov
Gateway to science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results from over 60 scientific databases.
U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) via FDsys
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.
U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) via FirstSearch Restricted Resource
1976-present. Indexes all types of U.S. government documents, such as reports, hearings, debates, and records, from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
White House Office of Management and Budget
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.
Law Library of Congress's Guide to Law Online
Annotated links to reliable online information about U.S., foreign and international law.

Think Tanks

American Enterprise Institute
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.
Brookings Institution
Washington, DC, based think tank that researches and publishes reports in all areas of U.S. public policy.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Washington, DC, based think tank that focuses on "fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals."
Congressional Research Service Reports
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.
Economic Policy Institute
"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."
National Academies Press
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.
Pew Research Center
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.
Tax Policy Center
A joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution focused on tax policy.
Urban Institute
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.
American Policy Directory
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.
Find Policy
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.
Think Tank Search
Search the websites of more than 400 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.
Go To Think Tank Index
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.

Other Databases

Data.gov Resource contains quantitative data
Searchable catalog of data available from the U.S. federal government.
iPoll Databank at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Restricted Resource
Searchable database of U.S. public opinion data from academic, commercial, and media survey organizations, such as Gallup, Pew, network TV news bureaus, and more. In many cases, you can download the full data set from the survey through RoperExpress. View the Terms of Use for this resource.
United Nations Voting Records
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."
Grinnell College Libraries Guide to Finding Statistics and Data Sets
For more sources for public opinion data and statistical information, see the subject guide for data and statistics.

Web sites

Patchwork Nation
View county-level maps of dozens of economic, social, political, and environmental indicators for the United States. Produced by the Jefferson Institute.
Tax Policy Research Guide
From the Georgetown University Law Library.
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