Database List

The following 38 databases are best for: Policy Studies

See our Law & Policy Studies Research Guide for more information on researching this subject.

Core Policy Studies Databases

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Political Science Complete

Public Affairs Index


All Policy Studies Databases

American Politics and Society from Kennedy to Watergate    
Part of History Vault primary sources. Includes collections on topics such as the space program, civil rights, oral histories of administration officials, the American Indian Movement, and Watergate. Many other topics are covered as well.
  • Coverage Range: 1960-1975
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)    
Access to theory and research in international affairs from 1996 to present. Also includes economic information, and map and country data.
  • Coverage Range: 1996 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Columbia University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Congressional Universe    
Contains congressional publications, committee prints, Congressional hearings, House and Senate documents and reports, legislative histories, bill tracking, and full-text public law.
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Country Studies / Area Handbooks    
On-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress as part of the Country Studies/Area Handbook Series sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army.
  • Coverage Range: Current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Library of Congress
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
CQ Press Electronic Library    
Searches across all of the CQ Press electronic resources, including CQ Research and CQ Weekly.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
CQ Researcher    
Presents a weekly analysis on one of many broad-ranging topics from the news. Each report focuses on a single issue and is written by a seasoned journalist.
  • Coverage Range: 1991 -- Present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
CQ Weekly    
Provides a weekly report on issues in Congress, as well as the status of proposed legislation, committee and floor activity, debates and roll-call votes.
  • Coverage Range: 1983 -- present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Criminal Justice    
A database of U.S. and international criminal justice journals. Fields covered include criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security.
  • Coverage Range: 1981-current
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
Education Journals    
Provides access to hundreds of educational publications, most available in full text. Covers all levels of education, and also topics such as home schooling, adult education, and special education.
  • Coverage Range: 1988-current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
GPO (Government Printing Office) Monthly Catalog    
Covers all types of U.S. government documents published since 1976, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, records, judiciary materials, statistics, and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.). Addresses many topics, including political science, foreign policy, law, census, environment, agriculture, and education. Includes citations with some links to full text. Print documents are available in our library, the State Library in Harrisburg, and via interlibrary loan (ILLiad).
  • Coverage Range: 1976 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: OCLC

 
ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)    
Maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data from around the world for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods to facilitate effective data use. You must create a My Data account, or log in with a Google or Facebook ID to download data.
  • Coverage Range: 1850 to present
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: University of Michigan

 
Jane’s Security News Module    
A leading source of international news and analysis related to military and security issues.
  • Coverage Range: 2000-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: IHS
  • 5 Simultaneous Users

 
Legal Information Institute (LII)    
A resource provided by Cornell University School of Law offering public legal information. It includes: the U.S. Constitution; the full-text of U.S. code; congressional material; supreme court opinions; states constitutions, statues and related legislative material. Earliest coverage begins in 1990 going to the present.
  • Coverage Range: 1992 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Cornell University

 
Lexis-Nexis - Academic Universe    
Access to hundreds of newspapers from around the world, plus a wealth of legal, business, medical, and reference information.
  • Coverage Range: Coverage varies but generally 1980s to current.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Reed Elseviar Inc.
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Nineteenth Century Collections Online Archive (NCCO)    
Primary source material from rare collections around the globe. Includes nine individual collections: (1) British Politics and Society: sources related to the political climate in Great Britain; (2) European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection: full-text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more, with a focus on difficult-to-find works by historically neglected writers; (3) Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange, which includes government reports, diplomatic correspondence, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more; (4) British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture, featuring primary sources such as playbills, scripts to operas and complete scores; (5) Photography: The World through the Lens, has photos and publications about photography from the period; (6 & 7) Science, Technology & Medicine: 1780-1925, parts 1-2, has journals, books and other documents; (8) Women: Transnational Networks has journals, books, manuscripts, and other materials, mostly from the US and UK, but with some other countries as well; (9) Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest has monographs, periodicals, and other materials documenting European policies and their effects in Africa.
  • Coverage Range: 19th Century
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale

 
PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records )    
As a service of the Administrative Offices of U.S. Courts, PACER rovides full-text access to court records. Contact a reference librarian for account and password information.
  • Coverage Range: Extensive
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Administrative Office of United States Courts

 
PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service)    
Index access to journal articles, book chapters, reports, and government publications from 120 countries.
  • Coverage Range: 1972 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Points of View Reference Center    
Designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. Useful as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View Essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Ebsco
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Political Handbook of the World    
Over 200 entries on countries and territories throughout the world that provide complete facts and analysis on each country’s governmental and political makeup. Offers extensive coverage of major, minor, and anti-systemic political parties in each political system around the world. It also provides names of key ambassadors and international memberships of each country, and profiles over 120 intergovernmental organizations.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Political Science    
Provides full text access to leading political science and international relations journals, including many titles indexed in Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. Offers some coverage of related topics such as international development and environmental policy.
  • Coverage Range: 1985-current
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
Political Science Complete    
Subject coverage includes comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, and political theory.
  • Coverage Range: 1960s-present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Polling the Nations    
Provides access to over 14,000 surveys conducted in the United States, as well as countries around the world. It includes surveys from a variety of pollsters and detailed information on the questions.
  • Coverage Range: 1986 - present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ORS Publishing

 
Population Index    
An annotated bibliography of published books, journal articles, working papers, and other materials on population topics including migration, demographics, fertility, spatial distribution. Browse or Search.
  • Coverage Range: 1986 to 2000
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Princeton University

 
Praeger Security International Online (PSIO)    
The world's largest full-text electronic resource on international security, containing books, expert commentary, reports and primary documents from foreign policy, military, and security professionals. Covers security-related topics such as terrorism, economic development, diplomacy, and international crisis response.
  • Coverage Range: 1968 to current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood

 
Public Affairs Index    
Covers aspects of national and global contemporary public policy issues ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international commerce and conflict. Topics include banking & public finance, criminal justice, economic policy & taxation, education & education policy, emigration & immigration, energy & energy policy, ethics, government, humanitarian issues, industry & labor, law & legislation, natural disasters & poverty, politics & elections, social policy, and transportation .
  • Coverage Range: 1970-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Separatist Movements    
An online handbook that provides in-depth profiles on ongoing separatist movements from around the world, with attention given not only to prominent movements, but to little-known factions as well. Includes biograpies of separatist leaders and maps. Gift of the Mary Moser Memorial Library Fund.
  • Coverage Range: Current events
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Social Science Journals    
Includes a variety of scientific journals covering social science topics, including addiction studies, urban studies, family studies, and international relations.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
Social Sciences Premium Collection    
A combination of 14 databases with international coverage of the social sciences, sociology, linguistics, education, criminal justice, political science and related topics. Databases in the collection are: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA), 1987-current; ERIC, 1966-current; International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), 1951-current; Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA), 1973-current; PAIS International, 1914-current; PILOTS: Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress, 1871-current; Criminal Justice, 1981-current; Education Journals, 1988-current; Political Science, 1985-current; Social Science Journals; Sociology, 1985-current; Social Services Abstracts, 1979-current; Sociological Abstracts, 1952-current; Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, 1975-current.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
Social Services Abstracts    
Bibliographic coverage of research social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. Contains abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews. See also the Sociology database, which provides full text to some titles indexed here.
  • Coverage Range: 1979-current
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
Sociology    
Covers journals in sociology and social work and has full text of some titles indexed in Sociological Abstracts and Social Services Abstracts.
  • Coverage Range: 1985-current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
Sociology Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)    
Covers health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. Contains records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.
  • Coverage Range: 1987-current
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Proquest

 
Statistical Insight (ProQuest)    
Searches statistical data and publications summarizing statistical findings. Includes data collected from U.S. federal and state government sources, private organizations, and intergovernmental organizations. Features descriptive abstracts, detailed indexing, full-text PDFs of source documents and tables, and down-loadable spreadsheets containing table data.
  • Coverage Range: 1970-present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
U.S. Census Bureau    
The official U.S. government web page for census information. Covers demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics of the United States population, as well as business, industry and trade data.
  • Coverage Range: 2002 - present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: U.S. Census Bureau

 
U.S. Constitution A to Z    
Quick and authoritative information about the nation's most important document. Shows that although the U.S. Constitution was written more than two centuries ago it has remained a malleable document that speaks to modern issues including abortion, affirmative action, capital punishment, gun control, homeland security, and civil liberties. Legal concepts, influential constitutional law cases, and individuals who have indelibly affected the interpretation of the Constitution are covered with students in mind. T
  • Coverage Range: 1789-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Web of Science    
Searches both social science and science materials, and allows the user to see what other articles have cited a chosen paper. Provides access to Science and Social Sciences Citation Indexes (1900-present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-present) Book Citation Index (2005-present), Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present), and Index Chemicus (1993-present).
  • Coverage Range: 1900-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: THOMSON REUTERS
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
World Politics Review (direct access)    
A daily online publication focusing on foreign affairs and international politics. Use direct access to view content from the current issue. For searching back issues, use the EBSCO database.
  • Coverage Range: current issue
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: World Politics Review

 
World Politics Review (EBSCO database)    
A database and daily online publication focusing on foreign affairs and international politics, with original articles by subject experts from journalism, research organizations, academia, government and elsewhere. For the current issue, use direct access.
  • Coverage Range: 2006 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts    
CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest