Major Research Tools

CQ Researcher

Full-Text
Coverage: 1991-present

Weekly reports on "hot" topics. Each report focuses on one topic and includes an explanation of the issues, a "pro and con" debate feature, a chronology, and a bibliography that can lead to additional resources. Especially useful for political and social issues.


Hein Online

Full-Text

Database of legal resources, including laws, regulations, some trials and court reports, treaties, and a variety of other materials covering United States and foreign law.


LexisNexis Academic: Federal and State Cases Search

Full-Text

Full-text of federal and state case law. For additional sources for legal research, including law reviews, federal statutes and regulations, and state statutes -- select the option to "Search by Content Type."


Political Science Complete

Index

Index of journal articles, books, and conference papers in political science and related fields. Includes a substantial amount of full text.


Public Affairs Index

Index

Index of articles, books, government documents, and other materials on global public policy issues, including international affairs.


Social Explorer

Data, Gateway, Visual Resource

Online application for locating and mapping US Census data and other demographic resources. Maps created on Social Explorer can be exported as images. To download the data itself in tabular and GIS formats see National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS).


Other Suggested Research Tools

Annual Reviews

Full-Text, Index

Index coverage: vol. 1 - present; Full-text coverage: 1996-present

Full text of articles reviewing the scholarly literature for a variety of topics in the physical, biomedical, and social sciences.


Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

Full-Text

Coverage: 4000BCE - Present

Collection of historical documents related to law, economics, politics, diplomacy and government.


Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective

Index

Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.


International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

Full-Text, Reference

Revision (c.2008) of the classic first edition. Features new articles and biographies contributed by scholars from around the world on a wide array of global topics in the social sciences.


Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)

Data, Gateway, Index

This portal from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism includes a Global Terrorism Database, datasets on terrorism, and an index of research on terrorism, counter terrorism, radicalization, and more.


VAWNet

Full-Text, Gateway

Resources, including laws and research, on domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of violence against women.


Web of Science: Social Sciences Citation Index

Index
Coverage: 1975-present

Index covering the journal literature of the social sciences. Allows you to search for a topic, an author, or for articles that cite a known author or work.