Major Research Tools

CQ Researcher

Coverage: 1923-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


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.

Political Science Complete


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

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


Coverage: 4000BCE - Present

Collection of historical documents related to law, economics, politics, diplomacy and government.

Digital National Security Archive


Collections of declassified documents covering US policy decisions around nuclear escalation and non-proliferation, the space race and military uses of space, and the Cuban missile crisis. Also includes collections of documents covering US foreign policy in relation to: Argentina; China; Colombia; Cuba; Mexico; South Africa; and North and South Korea.

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective


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.


Website providing scholarly law journals, comprehensive news and analysis across many legal topics, surveys and rankings of global law firms, market reports, and data and statistics.


Data, Reference

Database of information on members of Congress and staff that offers information such as biographies, contact details, legislative issues covered, participation in committees and caucuses, planned town halls and more. Includes disclosure information for foreign gifts, travel, and lobbying activities.

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.


Full-Text, Gateway

Resources, including laws and research, on gender-based violence.

Web of Science: Social Sciences Citation Index

Coverage: 1955-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.