Government & Law

Major Research Tools


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.


Coverage: 1908-1981

Index to law journals and other legal periodicals published from 1908-1981. (For access to more recent legal periodicals use LexisNexis Academic.)


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."


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


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

Data, Gateway, Visual resource

Coverage: US Census 1790-2010; American Community Survey 2005-2012, and others.

User-friendly tool for locating and downloading US Census data and other demographic resources. Social Explorer is also an on-line tool for creating maps with this data for export as image files.

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