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Essential Research Tools

Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,500 journals with full text for more than 3,900 peer-reviewed publications. Some 540 journals are specifically focused on political science. (from EBSCO)

1975–current | Some full text |

America: History & Life

Comprehensive coverage of articles from journals, book reviews, and dissertations published worldwide on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. From pre-history to the present. (from EBSCO )

1964-current | Abstracts & citations | More info

American Factfinder 2

From the U.S. Census Bureau, provides population, housing, economic, and geographic data.

CQ Researcher Plus Archive

Provides in-depth, unbiased coverage of health issues, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Including pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, it is useful for term papers, debates, and speeches. Use the archival reports for history research.

1923-current | Full text

CQ Weekly

Online journal covering Congress, politics, and public policy. Includes roll call votes, floor action, Supreme Court decisions, and election coverage.

1983-current | Full text


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GPO Access

A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free access to a wealth of important information produced by the Federal Government. Information on all three branches of government, statistical abstracts, economic indicators, the Congressional Record, Supreme Court decisions, and much more. Search GPO Monthly Catalog through OCLC

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Provides multi-disciplinary access to scholarly journals and books. Our collection (Arts & Sciences I-IV and VII) is available in full text. Check “Include links to external content” if you want more search results, some of which may need to be requested from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan).

1800s-current | Some full text

Minnesota State Legislature

Follow the actions of the House and the Senate; search statues, laws, and rules; get status and history of bills; research the history of legislation in Minnesota; and much more.

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Access to over 500 national and international newspapers. Includes full text for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. (from ProQuest)

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Project MUSE

Comprehensive, multidisciplinary source for scholarly journals and books. Our collection is available in full text. Uncheck “Only content I have full access to” if you want more search results, some of which may need to be requested from other libraries.

Some full text | More info

Sage Journals

Access to high-quality, scholarly journals in the areas of Religious Studies, Communication Studies, Education, Management & Organization Studies, Physical & Life Sciences, Nursing & Health Sciences, Political Science, Criminology, Sociology, Urban Studies & Planning, and Psychology.

1847-current | Some full text

Salem History

Provides online access to the Milestone Documents of American Leaders reference set, a compilation of primary documents from notable Americans with commentary and analysis.

1754–current | Full text e-book

World Factbook CIA

Country information – demographics, economies, climate, geography, government, military, and more.

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Also Useful

American Presidency Project

One of the largest public archives of the American presidency spanning 1789-2015.

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources. Just click on “Find Full Text @SMU.” See also the Google Scholar Blog for citation metrics.

Some full text, some pay for view

National Constitution Center

Provides non-partisan information about elections, polling, voting, and issues relating to the US Constitution and US history.

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Open Jurist is a resource for access to the case law of the United States. The collection includes opinions from the:

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Social Science Research Network Search Page

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.

Full text/some-fee based | More info


 From OCLC, the largest, most comprehensive catalog of books and other materials, with records from over 55,000 libraries worldwide. Materials found in WorldCat may be borrowed through our interlibrary loan program. (From OCLC FirstSearch)

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