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    Article Databases
    ABI/Inform    - about help
    More than 2,965 full-text titles covering business and economic conditions, corporate strategies, management techniques, and public administration.
    Academic Search   - about help
    Multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles.
    Ageline   - about help
    Focuses exclusively on the population aged 50+ and issues of aging. Source for the literature of social gerontology and includes aging-related content from the health sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, and public policy.
    Columbia International Affairs Online   - about
    Provides the full-texts of working papers from research organizations such as the Cato Institute, the Center for Studies of Social Change, the Brookings Institution, the University of California Center for German and European Studies, the Oxford University Centre for International Studies. Also abstracts of articles from foreign policy journals; conference proceedings; and some full-text online books from Columbia University Press.
    Criminal Justice Periodical Index   - about help
    Criminal Justice Periodical Index focuses primarily on practical issues, including crime prevention, juvenile delinquency, policing, and criminal justice in general. Coverage includes U.S. and international journals.
    GREENR   - about
    Provides news, video, primary source documents and more in research areas covering relevant categories such as energy systems, healthcare, food, sustainability and others.
    JSTOR   - about
    Provides searchable full-text of historical runs of important scholarly journals in the humanities, arts, sciences, ecology, and business.
    Military and Intelligence Database   - about
    Provides articles from several well-known periodicals and scholarly journals on military and intelligence.
    PAIS International   - about
    Public Affairs Information Service is an index to articles, books, studies, selected official documents and other resources on public policy issues, public administration, law, politics and government.

    Government Information
    CQ Almanac   - about
    The CQ Almanac Online Edition covers people, elections, legislative initiatives, and controversies in the U.S. Congress from 1945-2006. It also reviews and analyzes legislation and public policy issues and records roll call votes for major legislation.
    CQ Political Reference Suite   - about
    Includes the searchable full text of Congressional Quarterly's products: The CQ Almanac, Congress and the Nation, Guide to Congress, Guide to Political Campaigns in America, Guide to the Presidency, Guide to U.S. Elections, Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, Historic Documents Series, Political Handbook of the World, Political History of America's Wars, Politics in America, The Supreme Court Compendium, Supreme Court Yearbook, Vital Statistics on American Politics, Washington Information Directory, Elections A to Z, The Presidency A to Z, The Supreme Court A to Z and The U.S. Constitution A to Z.
    CQ Public Affairs Collection   - about
    CQ Press Public Affairs Collection features in-depth coverage of public policy issues, statistical and historical analyses, and full-text historical documents and primary source materials.
    ProQuest Congressional   - about
    Provides easy access to congressional publications since 1789 and some full-text of reports, bills, resolutions, and laws from 1968 to the present.

    News Databases
    Alt-Press Watch   -  about
    Full text database of alternative and independent newspapers, magazines and journals that present viewpoints that differ from mainstream media coverage of issues and events.
    Factiva   -  about  -  help
    General news and business information. International newswires and pictures, TV and radio transcripts.  More than 25,000 sources including the The New York Times, and the Dow Jones and Reuters newswires.
    LexisNexis Academic   -   about   -   help
    International and domestic newspapers (over 350), magazines and trade journals, broadcast transcripts (NPR, ABC News, CBS News, and CNN), company financial information, industry and market news.
    World News Digest   -  about
    World News Digest, 1940 to the present, provides summaries of world and domestic news stories. It covers major political, social, and economic events, including elections, wars and conflicts, and government and civics information. Maps and charts are included, as are graphs, historic photographs, and story indexes by decade, country, and topic.

    Polling Data
    Gallup Brain   - about
    Searchable database of Gallup Poll data from 1935 to the present. It also includes analytical articles on the what the results mean, as well as online access to Gallup Poll Tuesday Briefing and Gallup Management Journal.
    Polling the Nations   - about
    Polling the Nations is a compilation of more than 14,000 surveys conducted by more than 1,400 polling organizations worldwide from 1986 to the present.

    Statistics and Data
    American FactFinder   - about
    American FactFinder lets you search, browse, retrieve, view, map, print, and download U.S. Census data.
    Demographic Yearbook, Historical Supplement (United Nations)    - about
    Database available at public workstations in libraries only. Comprehensive collection of international demographic statistics, prepared by the Statistical Division of the United Nations.
    International Financial Statistics (IFS)   - about
    IFS is a monthly publication providing international and domestic finance for most countries of the world. IFS Online is cumulative and interactive.
    OECDi Library   - about
    Online portal for Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development publications issued since 1998, including statistics.
    Passport GMID: Global Market Information Database   - about
    Locate demographic, economic and marketing statistics for 205 countries, as well as detailed income, expenditure and lifestyle statistics. Access 4500 consumer lifestyle reports.
    Proquest Statistical   - about
    Electronic access to tables and citations to statistics produced by the U.S. federal, state and local governments, international governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
    Proquest Statistical Data Sets   - about
    Provides statistics with graphical interface. - Data and Statistics
    Online portal U.S. Government data covering: aging, crime, economics, education, energy, health, labor and more.
    World Development Indicators Online    - about
    Statistical database featuring economic, social, environmental data since 1960 for countries of the world.

    Think Tanks
    NIRA's World Directory of Think Tanks
    By the National Institute for Research Advancement
    A joint venture between IUPUI and The Center for Governmental Studies (CGS), PolicyArchive is a digital archive of global, foundation-funded public policy research.
    Think Tanks Directory
    By the Harvard Kennedy School Library & Knowledge Services

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    last updated: 7/10/2013