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Political Science - Research Guide   Tags: maxwell school, political science  

An SU Libraries' research starting points guide for political science
Last Updated: Mar 30, 2015 URL: http://researchguides.library.syr.edu/polisci Print Guide RSS Updates

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Political Science

Syracuse University Libraries purchases and provides access to a wide variety of information sources (e.g., books, journals, DVDs, electronic resources) in all areas of political science.

To find out more about these sources, please explore the links on this page and on this guide's top menu bar.


      Database BEST BETS


Worldwide Political Science Abstracts [Proquest] - Citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy.  A core research tool for exploring the discipline's journal literature.  Looking for other excellent collections of scholarly & professional literature in political science? Try these databases (and be sure to visit this guide's Databases page for additional options):



Statistical Database BEST BET

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets

Has been described as “The World’s Largest Collection of Organized Statistical Data.”

Once inside Data-Planet Statistical Datasets, look toward the left of the screen for a series of subject folders.  The "International" folder draws datapoints from sources such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, United Nations and China Data Center as well as World Resource Institute environmental data.  Additional categories cover foreign labor statistics, population change/migration, and balance of trade data.  Data categories covered for the U.S. include education, commerce, housing and construction, population and income, prices and cost of living, energy, health, labor & employment, banking, finance and insurance.  Variables can be cross-compared using side by side tables and charts.



Congress.gov makes federal United States legislative information freely available to the public. Launched Sept. 19, 2012, this site is a successor to THOMAS.gov, the previous public site for legislative information.



NBC Television News Content

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  • NBC Learn Higher Ed provides access to digitized video news stories from NBC archives, including stories from NBC Nightly News, the TODAY show, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, as well as MSNBC, CNBC, and Telemundo.  The resource also includes digitized photos and other materials.  Some historic content is included, back as far as the early 1900s.
  • “Cue cards” are included with stories, offering information about the item such as source, creator and date, and for many items, a transcript.   For SU faculty, see also - Information about integrating NBC Learn into BlackboardNBC Evening News Video is also available (1968 - present) via SU Libraries access to the Vanderbilt University database called Television News Archive.

Policy Map

Policy Map is a geographic information system which allows you to easily create and customize maps, tables, and charts detailing various U.S. demographics, real estate, crime, money & income, jobs, education, energy, and public investments. T R F Policy Map



The Qualitative Data Repository (QDR) is a dedicated archive for storing and sharing digital data (and accompanying documentation) generated or collected through qualitative and multi-method research in the social sciences. QDR provides search tools to facilitate the discovery of data, and also serves as a portal to material beyond its own holdings, with links to U.S. and international archives. The repository’s initial emphasis is on political science.  QDR is funded by the National Science Foundation, and hosted by the Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry, a unit of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

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