Comparative Politics: Information Resources

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Find Books & Manuscripts

  • CLIO: Columbia Libraries Online Catalog
    CLIO is the online catalog for the Columbia and Barnard libraries. It includes over 4 million records for books, journal or newspaper titles (not articles), online resources, government documents, microforms, sound or video recordings, archival collections, etc.
  • Digital Dissertations
    Access to almost all American dissertations accepted at an accredited institution since 1861. Abstracts are included for doctoral dissertation records from July 1980 to the present In addition, the full text of dissertations published since 1997 (and some from earlier dates) is available.
  • Pegasus: Columbia University Law School Library Online Catalog
    Pegasus includes: U.S. federal and state law, selected Commonwealth jurisdictions, major foreign language collections and, since 1983, vernacular and Western language materials pertaining to law in Japan and the People's Rep. of China.
  • WorldCat
    An online catalog of the collections of 24,000 member libraries of the OCLC consortium, comprising more than 36 million records for books, serials, manuscript collections, audiovisual materials, computer files, and other media.
  • Borrow Direct
    A borrowing service offered by the university libraries of Columbia, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale. It is designed to allow students, faculty and staff to request (and receive in four days) books directly from each other's collections.

Country & Regional Sources

Find Journal Articles

  • Africa Wide - NiPAD
    Combines bibliographic databases from around the world to form a multidisciplinary aggregation offering unique and extensive coverage of all facets of Africa and African studies.
  • Econlit
    Contains citations, abstracts and full text to economic research dating back to 1969.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Covers the history of the world  from 1450 to the present.
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
    Core social sciences and related materials from over 100 countries in more than 90 languages. Coverage 1951 to the present.
  • International Political Science Abstracts
    Citations, mostly with abstracts, 1989 to the present. Updated quarterly.
    Provides page images of back issues of the core scholarly journals in the field of Political Science from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication.
  • Left Index
    Provides a diverse literature of the left, including on politics and economics.
  • PAIS Archive & International
    Includes references to journal articles, books, government documents, statistical sources, grey literature, research reports, conference proceedings, and publications of international agencies, originally published in the PAIS Bulletin, 1915 to the present.
  • Social Sciences Full text
    Citations from 1983 to the present with abstracts starting in 1994. Updated monthly.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
    Bibliographic information and cited references in articles in social sciences journals. Coverage 1965 to the present.
  • Women in Politics Bibliographic Database
    Citations to books, reports and journal articles, from the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Provides access to citations and abstracts of journal articles appearing in ca 1000 political science journals. Coverage 1975 to the present.

Statistics & Data

  • DSSC Data Service - Columbia University
    Operated jointly by Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT) and Columbia University Libraries, EDS provides access to a wide variety of numerical data resources and services. EDS is located in Room 215 of Lehman Library, and staff members can provide guidance and instruction.
  • Statistical Sources: Print & Internet
    References and links to some of the many tools for finding and using statistical information, both in print and on the internet. Especially useful for comparative politics is the page on International Statistics

Find Book Reviews

  • Book review index plus
    An index to book reviews from approximately 600 scholarly and popular English-language jounals with links to more than 630,000 full-text reviews
  • International bibliography of book reviews : IBR
    An interdisciplinary index to book reviews published in scholarly journals, primarily in the social sciences and the humanities, including many European journals.
  • Law & Politics Book Review
    Sponsored by the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, it provides thematic essays that address important substantive, theoretical, or methodological issues about the legal process and politics.
  • Political ReviewNet
    Povides reviews in all the major sub-disciplines of Politics and International Relations.

Conference Proceedings/Working Papers

  • CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online
    Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is designed to be the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 forward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences.
  • PaspersFirst
    Provides access to indexes of published papers presented at conferences worldwide since in 1993.
  • ProceedingsFirst
    Contains citations to proceedings of every congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received at The British Library from October 1993 to the present.
  • National Bureau of Economic research
    The NBER is the nation's leading nonprofit economic research organization.
  • Social Science Research Network
    SSRN contains abstracts and full text of scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers.

Background Information