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A journal that contains original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Controversial topics addressed in a balanced, unbiased manner.
Global Issues in Context (Gale Group)
Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each of these gateway pages includes an overview, unique "perspectives" articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.
Index to Legal Periodicals & Books Full Text (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Provides complete coverage of the most important English language legal information, with international coverage of scholarly articles, symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews and more. Full text is available for over 400 periodicals, many of them peer-reviewed, as far back as 1994
Provides access to full-text legal, business, and news publications. Includes law review articles and more than 300 legal newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. Provides access to the Shepard's Citations service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789, and federal regulations from The Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations, European Union law from the CELEX database, and international case law from a number of other countries. Includes detailed financials, competitive information and SWOT analysis of more than 80 million public, private, and international companies. Includes Securities Exchange Commission filings and reports. Includes national and regional newspapers, wire services, transcripts of television and radio broadcasts, international news, and non-English language sources.
NCJRS: National Criminal Justice Reference Service FREE
A federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.
U.S. History in Context (Gale)
Provides contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. Merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Wall Street Journal (Eastern edition)
Full text of The Wall Street Journal from 1984 - present. In addition, the library has microfilm copies of The Wall Street Journal from 1966 to September 2006.
World Data Analyst (Britannica)
Resource for retrieving, comparing and customizing data on the world's nations including maps, area, population, demographics, gross national product and more. Offers tools for creating comparison tables and graphs using either recent or historical statistics. Performs country rankings for chosen statistical categories. Results exportable to spreadsheet applications.
World History in Context (Gale)
Provides contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. Merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Additional Databases and Journal Indexes
Academic OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines
Academic Search Complete (EBSCOHost)
A general, multi-disciplinary database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals
Provides access to more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies, dictionaries, and reference titles from over 80 publishers, covering every major subject. Offers over 200,000 images and audio files and nearly 100 videos. Over 10,000 Topic Pages present and organize a variety of information resources on a subject and act as a starting point for research.
Provides concise, reliable and up-to-date country reports on the cultures of the world--from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe!
A growing collection of over 3,500 electronic books in a range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download it for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free) on your computer or the Bluefire Reader app (free) on your mobile device. Login is required both on and off campus. For more information, click the User Guide button above.
A growing collection of over 140,000 electronic books in a wide range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download up to 10 entire books for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free) or the Bluefire Reader app (free) on your mobile device. Individual chapters can also be downloaded in PDF format. Login to your personal account to take advantage of additional functionalities including setting a default citation format, highlighting and note taking within the text, adding hyperlinks to the text, saving books to a personal bookshelf, downloading content for offline use, and access to Apple and Android mobile apps. Off-campus users are automatically logged in to their personal accounts. On-campus users will be prompted to login when they need to use one of the additional functions or when they click the Sign In link. For more information, click the User Guide button above.
EBSCO eBook Collection
A collection of over 150,000 electronic books available in full text online in a wide range of academic subject areas. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download it for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free) or the Bluefire Reader app (free) on your mobile device, or you can save a limited number of pages in PDF format. A free MyEBSCOhost account is required. For more information, click the User Guide button above.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group) (CSU Library)
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by the CSU Library and are in the categories of: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by DISCUS.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group) (DISCUS)
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by DISCUS and are in the categories of: Education, History, Medicine, Nation and World, and Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by the CSU Library.
General OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines ranging from architecture to biology and history to mathematics.
GPO Access FREE
A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted. Search for government documents in each of the three branches - legislative, executive, and judicial or by using the US Government Publications Catalog Search.
GPO Monthly Catalog (OCLC FirstSearch)
Produced by the U.S. Government Printing Office, this index uses the familiar OCLC FirstSearch interface to help you locate all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records, judiciary materials, and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.). It covers dcouments published from 1976 to present.
HathiTrust is a growing digital repository of books and journals from a group of large research libraries. It includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives at HathiTrust partner libraries. The full text of all materials is searchable by everyone, and the full text of materials in the public domain are openly viewable by everyone. To limit your search to the approximately 30% of the HathiTrust collection which is in the public domain, simply check the "Full view only" box on the search screen. Additional options are available for non-partners by creating a Friend Account. Hathi (pronounced hah-tee) is the Hindi word for elephant, an animal highly regarded for its memory, wisdom, and strength.
An archive of scholarly journals that offers high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.
An authoritative database continaing peer-reviewed journals in the most promising areas of biotechnology, biomedical research/life sciences, clinical medicine and surgery, and law.
MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOHost)
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.
Military and Government Collection (EBSCOHost)
A database for current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government. It provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles.
New York Times
Selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present is available in several of the library's databases, with complete digital coverage from 2008 to three months ago available in ProQuest Digital Microfilm. In addition, the library keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.
News (AP, UPI, etc.) (EBSCOHost)
Provides near real-time access to top world-wide news from Associated Press. Includes AP Top News, WorldStream, Financial News, AP Online, U.S. Politics & Government and 50 State Reports. End users can immediately access the full text of the NewsMonitor-delivered web content, by following the link in the record. The index to the full text content in AP News is held for a rolling 30-day archive by EBSCO, so users can enjoy the previous 30 days of news relating to their search interests.
Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCOHost)
Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.
Newstand (Gale InfoTrac)
Provides access to more than 2,700 national, international, state and local newspapers with selective coverage between 1980 and 2012.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Provides contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, it features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Points of View Reference Center (EBSCOHost)
Intended for public, academic, and high school libraries, Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View 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.
ProQuest Digital Microfilm: New York Times
This resource provides cover-to-cover full image access to the New York Times from 2008 to three months ago for an online experience that resembles paging through the newspaper in print or viewing it on microfilm. Users may crop, zoom, or rotate page images and then print, email, or save in PDF format. In addition, the library provides access to selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present in several other databases, keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.
Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film, television, gardening, health, medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news, current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports, fitness, transportation, travel and much more. Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals as far back as 1983 and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals as far back as 1994.
SAGE Journals Online
SAGE Journals Online (SAGE Premier) is a collection of over 560 full-text journals in over 50 disciplines including business, communication, criminology, education, humanities, industrial relations, labor, medicine, political science, psychology, social science, science, technology, urban studies, and more. Includes research journals published on behalf of more than 245 scholarly and professional societies.
An online collection of science, technology, and mathematics (STM) books, journals, and reference works from Springer-Verlag. Subject areas covered include Architecture and Design; Behavioral Science; Biomedical and Life Sciences; Business and Economics; Chemistry and Materials Science; Computer Science; Earth and Environmental Science; Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law; Mathematics and Statistics; Medicine; Physics and Astronomy; Professional and Applied Computing.
A shared catalog that provides information about books, periodicals, audio/visual materials, etc. from thousands of libraries around the world and indicates which libraries hold the items.
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Almanac of American Politics (Ref. JK 271 .A45 2002)
Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: A Manual for Social Science and Business Research (Ref. J 9.5 .G37 2002)
Congressional Quarterly Almanac (Ref. JK 1 .C66 1966-2001)
Constitutional Law and Politics (Ref. KF 4541 .A7 O27 2003 v. 1-2)
Dictionary of Modern Politics (Ref. JA 61 .R63 2002)
Encyclopedia of Government and Politics (Ref. JA 61 .C66 2004 v. 1-2)
Political Handbook of the World (Ref. JF 37 .P6 1999)
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (Ref. J 80 .A283)
Statesman's Year-Book (Ref. JA 51 .S7 2003)
Style Manual for Political Science (Ref. JA 86 .A52 2001)
United States Government Manual(Ref. JK 421 .U57 2002/03)
Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (Ref. G 103 .W65 2001 v. 1-6)
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The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies
Portal to US government websites
Government Publication Office Documents
Keele Guides to Government and Politics on the Internet
Produced by Keele University in the U.K., this site includes links to world governments around the world and information about them (e.g., constitution)
An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion.
State and Local Government on the Net
Links to state and local government sites as well as national associations
Statistical Resources on the Web
Supreme Court Opinions
Provides legislative information on the Internet; includes House and Senate directories, links to the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of government, as well as links to State and Local governments
The Urban Institute
Nonpartisan economic and social policy research
World Fact Book
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Journals and Magazines
The following journals are available in the CSU library:
American Behavioral Scientist
American Journal of International Law
American Political Science Review
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Background on world politics
Church and State
Columbia journal of international affairs
International studies quarterly
Journal of Asian Studies
Journal of International Affairs
Journal of Near Eastern Studies
Journal of Political Economy
Journal of Politics
Latin American Politics & Society
National Civic Review
New world review
Perspectives on politics
Political research, organization and design
Political Science Quarterly
Proceedings of the Academy of Political Science
PS: Political Science & Politics
Public Opinion Quarterly
Review of Politics
Review of Politics
Social science quarterly
Social Science Quarterly
South Atlantic Quarterly
Southwestern Social Science Quarterly
State & Local Government Review
State (Department of State Newsletter)
United Nations Chronicle
Urban Affairs Review
Vital Speeches of the Day
Western Political Quarterly
Find a list of e-journals in political science available at CSU
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