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Political Science Resources: U.S. Government

Reference Resources (print & electronic)

The American Political Dictionary. JK 9 .P55 2002.

Dictionary of American Government and Politics.

Congressional Pictorial Directory.

Congressional Bibliography. 1774-present.

The United States Government Manual. Published yearly by the Government Publishing Office. "Comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. The Manual begins with reprints of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution."

CQ's Politics in America 2008: The 110th Congress. JK 1012 .P8 (Year)

Guide to Congress, voulmes 1 and 2. JK 1021 .C565 (Year).

Guide to U.S. Elections, volumes 1 and 2. JK 1976 .G85.

Congressional Quarterly Almanac. KF 49 .C652 (year).
A major resource. Published yearly, the Almanac discusses fiscal matters, major legislation, House & Senate votes, impacts of elections (if held). There is online access to this resource.

U.S. Code Congressional & Administrative News (published for each session of Congress in multiple volumes). KF 63 .U53 (year).

Electronic resources reference page (more than U.S. government resources).

Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff. From the Congressional Research Service. For everyone, not just Congressional staffers.

U.S. Government

Legislative Tracking via GovTrack, OpenStates, and LegiScan (these also track state legislation). Similar to Congress.gov in that you can track current legislation, but contains additional commentary, and links.

Legislative Source Book from the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C. A great resource including legislative histories, FOIA resources, legislative calendars.

Maplight.org. This resource "...illuminates the connection between campaign donations and legislative votes in unprecedented ways. Elected officials collect large sums of money to run their campaigns, and they often pay back campaign contributors with special access and favorable laws" and combines three datasets: bill texts and legislative voting records; supporting and opposing interests for each bill, and; campaign contribution data from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

CQ Researcher
In-depth, non-biased reports on political and social issues, with regular coverage of topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy.

Federal Government Documents Collection, NMU Library.
Many web and print resources (some repeated on this page) with a focus on publications from the U.S. Government as well as additional resources.

Catalog of Government Publications
Listed again because of the importance of this resource.

GovInfo search.
Free public access to the full text of official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Begin searching immediately or browse a specific collection. This resource has replaced FDSys.

Use any of the following subjects to locate books in the NMU library catalog: "United States Politics and Government", "Political Science United States", "Federal Government United States", "State governments United States", "United States Congress", "Presidents United States", "Democracy United States", "Michigan Politics and government". (just don't forget to select the Library of Congress Subject Headings radio button).

Journal Resources

You can now easily search across nearly all library databases (including the catalog):

Or you could search specific Political Science databases/resources.

JSTOR. A popular resource for many disciplines, this database is full-text. First do two limiters: limit your search to "articles", then limit your search to the journals covering Political Science and/or Public Policy & Administration.

Google Scholar Advanced Search . Also popular, it is less a database and more of an additional access point to our databases. You might want to first limit your search to the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.

Academic Search Complete. A general database that has a little bit of everything (nearly 5000 full-text journals and magazines and nearly 12,000 indexed).

Specific ejournal Collections

Some publishers make it easy (somewhat) to narrow down their resources by subject. Below are a few that can be narrowed down to Political Science.

The Sage Complete A-Z List of electronic journals has a subject section on Political Science. Click on the "Browse journals by discipline" once the page opens. Politics appears under their "Social Science & Humanities" collection.

The Directory of Open Access Journals is a listing of free, scholarly articles in a variety of subjects. It is worldwide; not just the U.S. Here is the link to their Subjects page.

Cambridge Journals. Select Politics & International Relations under "Browse Journals by Subject".

If you need help with any of these resources, ask for assistance at the Library's Reference Desk (227-2294), use the live chat, or contact Bruce Sarjeant, Reference Librarian (227-1580).

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