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Subject Guide: Political Science   Tags: current_events, government, international, political_science, politics  

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Columbia International Affairs Online

Working Papers, Journals, Books, Policy Briefs, Case Studies, Interactive Atlas

An active site for investigating international topics.


  • CIAO
    Subject: International Affairs
    Contains: Full text of working papers, occasional paper series, foundation-funded research project, proceedings from conferences, citations to books, journals and policy briefs.
    Coverage: 1991 - present.
  • Congressional Publications
    Subjects: United States Congress
    Contains: Full text congressional hearings, reports and documents
    Coverage: 1789 through the present
  • GPO Monthly Catalog
    Subjects: Political Science, Economics, Science, Social Science
    Contains: Citations to documents printed by the Government Printing Office. Links to full text when available.
    Coverage: 1976-present.
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic
    Subjects: International, national and regional newspapers, law reviews, and U.S. federal and state law, codes, and regulations.
    Contains: Full-text documents.
  • Social Science Citation Index
    Subjects: Social Sciences
    Contains: Citations and abstracts to journal articles. Citation mapping. Some non-English language material included.
    Coverage: 1900-present
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Subjects: Political science, international relations, law, public policy.
    Contains: Citations with abstracts to scholarly journal articles. 67% are published outside the United States.
    Coverage: 1975 to present
  • PAIS
    Citations or abstracts from a wide variety of sources including journal articles, books, government documents on political, social, and international issues

Places to Look for Statistics

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
    Contains statistical information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Contains statistical information on inflation, wages, productivity, occupations, business costs, industrial safety, demographics, statistical and geographic information about labor economics.
  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics
    Contains statistical information on transportation data across every mode of transportation.
    Contains statistical information detailing the wellbeing of children in the United States.
  • Election Information
    Contains official vote counts for federal elections from 1920 to present.
  • Europa World Yearbook
    Contains statistical information for countries thoughout the world.
  • FastStats A-Z
    Contains quick, frequently asked tidbits of health information, such as the number of overweight people in the United States, life expectancy, teen pregnancy, prevalence of cancer, and more. Useful for ready reference queries.
  • FedStats
    Contains statistical information from over 100 U.S. Federal Government agencies. Subjects covered include economic and population trends, education, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, and more.
  • FBI Reports and Publications
    Contains links to Uniform Crime Report statistics and reports on hate crimes, financial crime, gangs, terrorism, and law enforcement technology.
  • Historical Census Browser
    Contains U.S. Census data from 1790-1960.
  • National Center for Education Statistics
    Contains statistical information on all levels of U.S. education - early childhood, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary.
  • National Center for Health Statistics
    Contains statistical information on related health information, including aging, births, deaths, disease, and health care.
  • Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
    Contains statistical information on criminal justice issues, including arrests, seizures, victims, courts, sentencing, and much more.
  • State & County Quickfacts
    Contains facts about people, business, and geography for specific counties or states.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    Contains statistics focused on American social and economic condition. Also includes some international data.
  • Statistical Agencies International
    Contains links to many nations' statistical bureaus. Most of the data provided is in English as well as the language of origin.
  • TradeStats Express
    Contains the latest annual trade data from the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (OTEA).
  • U.S. Census Bureau
    Contains statistical and demographic information about the United States population. Based on the 2000 census.
  • U.S. Historical Census Data
    Contains detailed listings of census data and information for each census between 1790-1960.
  • USA Countries
    Contains country-level statistics for single-county profiles or multi-county comparisons.
  • USDA Agricultural Statistics
    Contains statistics on domestic production of livestock and crops including brief trade data.
  • World Factbook
    Contains CIA-collected demographic, political, and economic information for countries throughout the world.

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