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Journal Articles

Academic Search Complete Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Index and full text of magazines, newspapers, reports, conference proceedings, and scholarly journals in a wide variety of disciplines.

America: History and Life Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

JSTOR Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
An electronic repository of full-text journals in a variety of disciplines, Jstor includes the full text of journals starting from the origin of their publication, but often does not have the most recent 2-5 years.

Military and Government Collection Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Index and full text of news publications pertaining to all branches of the US government.

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
DOAJ is a database of more than 4,000 open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Highwire Press Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Highwire Press is an archive of scholarly articles in the sciences produced by Stanford University Libraries.

Sage Journals Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Index and some full text of journals published by Sage.

Note: To avoid seeing journals you cannot access, select the option to see only content available to you.

Magazines & Newspapers

Newspaper Source Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for 35 national & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 375 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full-text television & radio news transcripts are also provided. Covers 1985-present.

Publications in the Field

Find a Publication Unrestricted Resource
Search for a journal, magazine, or other periodical by its exact title, the beginning words of the title, or words within the title. You can also browse by Category for journals in your field of interest.

Reference Materials

American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Weaving the fabric of American history, American Masculinities illustrates how American political leaders have often used the rhetoric of manliness to underscore the presumed moral righteousness and ostensibly protective purposes of their policies. Seeing U.S. history in terms of gender archetypes, readers will gain a richer and deeper understanding of America’s democratic political system, domestic and foreign policies, and capitalist economic system, as well as the "private" sphere of the home and domestic life.

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Contains over 1,700 entries on all aspects of politics. Written by a leading team of political scientists, it embraces the whole multi-disciplinary spectrum of political theory including political thinkers, history, institutions, and concepts, as well as notable current affairs that have shaped attitudes to politics.

Encyclopedia of American Studies Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Covers the history, philosophy, arts, and cultures of the United States in relation to the world, from pre-colonial days to the present, from various perspectives and the global American Studies movement.

Topics covered include: American Studies Concepts, Figures and Practices -- Arts and Literature -- Economics, Business, and Labor -- Education, Libraries, and Museums -- Ethnicity, Race, and Religious Cultures -- Gender and Family -- National Identity -- Nature and the Environment -- Periods and Eras -- Philosophy -- Political Science and Law -- Popular Culture -- Science, Technology, and Medicine -- Social Movements and Social Reform.

Encyclopedia of Governance Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Provides a one-stop point of reference for the diverse and complex topics surrounding governance for the period between the collapse of the post-war consensus and the rise of neoliberal regimes in the 1970s. This comprehensive resource concentrates primarily on topics related to the changing nature and role of the state in recent times and the ways in which these roles have been conceptualized in the areas of Political Science, Public Administration, Political Economy, and Sociology.

Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion On campus use only
This two-volume encyclopedia covers the intersection of politics and religion.  Entries include bibliographies for further reading.
Call Number: BL65 .P7 E53 2007

Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Although the distinction between the politics of the left and the right is commonly assumed in the media and in treatments of political science and history, the terms are used so loosely that the student and the general reader are often confused: What exactly are the terms left and right supposed to imply? The Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right contains over 450 articles on individuals, movements, political parties, and ideological principles.

Country Information

Global Road Warrior Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Global Road Warrior provides detailed cultural, social, political, and business information and statistics for 175 countries.

Statistics

American FactFinder Unrestricted Resource
Interactive, searchable database that is used to find population, housing, industry and business statistics from the U.S. Census. Data collected in Census 2000, the 1990 Census of Population and Housing, the American Community Survey and the 1997 Economic Census. American Factfinder allows the user to compile census data into tables, maps and downloadable files, which can be viewed or printed.

Historical Statistics of the United States Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Historical Statistics of the United States presents the numerical history of the United States including:  population, work and welfare, economic structure and performance, governance, and international relations, all from the earliest times to the present.

Bills & Legislation

Congress.gov Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. The Congress.gov website (formerly known as THOMAS) includes Bills and Resolutions, Activity in Congress, the Congressional Record, Committee Information, Treaties, and other Government Resources. Full text of bills is available back to the 101st Congress (1989).

GovTrack Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
GovTrack helps ordinary citizens find and track bills in the U.S. Congress and understand their representatives’ legislative record. Summaries for current bills are often available, along with links to related legislation, if applicable.

Illinois General Assembly Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Provides access to Bills & Resolutions, Public Acts, Compiled Statutes, and the state Constitution in addition to information about the members, committees, etc., of the state House and Senate.

Ebooks

Google Book Search Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Google Books contains thousands of books that have been digitized. Books under copyright are available as a limited preview only, while books in the public domain are often available in their entirety.

Project Gutenberg: Politics Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Provides free full-text of political documents including constitutions, manifestos, and works by historical thinkers like Locke, Hobbes, and Machiavelli.

Dissertations

Open Access Theses & Dissertations Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. To the extent possible, the index is limited to records of graduate-level theses that are freely available online.

(If you're looking for a dissertation and don't find it here, ask the library and we can try to request a copy for you.)

ProQuest Open Access Dissertations and Theses (PQDT Open) Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. You can locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.

(If you're looking for a dissertation and don't find it here, ask the library and we can try to request a copy for you.)

Videos

Filmakers Library Online (Volume 1) Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Resource contains video
Filmakers Library Online provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide.

Websites

Google Scholar Unrestricted Resource
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Vote Smart Unrestricted Resource
A national, non-partisan, non-profit organization that provides voters with factual information on candidates and elected officials. Features congressional voting records. Includes information on the federal government, state governments, political campaigns, elections, candidates, and the issues. Provides access to organizations related to politics and directories of political information. Links to educational, reference, and political resources.