U.S. 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.

Background Information

Find Journal Articles

  • CIAO: Columbia international affairs online
    A source for theory and research in international affairs. Provides a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.
  • International Political Science Abstracts.
    Paris: International Political Science Association, 1951-
    Citations, mostly with abstracts, 1989- present, updated quarterly.
  • JSTOR
    Provides page images of back issues of the core scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication.
  • PAIS Archive and International
    Includes references to more than 460,000 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical sources, grey literature, research reports, conference proceedings, and publications of international agencies. Coverage from 1915 to the present.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index.
    Philadelphia, Institute for Scientific Information, 1973- .
    Print volumes (1956-1990) are available in Lehman Reference (Z7161 .S65).
  • 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 from 1975 to the present.

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Biographical Resources

Government Documents

  • CQ.com.
    News and analysis service tracks legislation before Congress and alerts users to late-breaking news and updated Hill schedules, status of bills and bill summaries, committee coverage with votes and markups, transcripts of select oral testimony and all written submitted testimony, votes analysis, member biographies, daily news wrap-up, nonpartisan articles on policy topics, status of bills, comparisons of competing versions of bills, and coverage of appropriations.
  • Digital National Security Archive
    Contains the most comprehensive collection of primary documents available. The database includes more than 63,000 of the most important declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions.
  • Legislative Insight
    Provides thoroughly researched legislative histories for enacted United States public laws (and more) with links to full text documents. 
  • National Journal Group's policy central.
    A collection of resources on U.S. politics and policy, including the National Journal, The Hotline, Congress Daily, Technology Daily, Poll Track, Ad Spotlight, and The Almanac of American Politics. Also provides Congressional markup reports and update reports on key legislation.
  • ProQuest Congressional.
    Bills, laws, legislative histories, committee prints, House and Senate documents and reports, the Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations, and Federal Register, from 1789 to the present.
  • U.S. Government Documents.
    CU Subject Guides to U.S. government documents.