A guide to the academic majors within the department identifying resources used in the study of the social sciences subject fields of economics and political science (American politics and international affairs).
Provides thousands of newspapers every single day, extracting text and images and making articles instantly translatable, searchable, and easy to read on mobile devices. Coverage is typically the most recent 90 days.
Political Science Databases (American Politics)
HeinOnline AcademicProvides access to more than 3,000 scholarly journals on law and government.
In addition, includes coverage of U.S. government publications, federal, state, and overseas case law, and international resources addressing many countries, regions, and international organizations.
Policy File IndexThis link opens in a new windowCitations and abstracts, most with links to full text, for U.S. public policy research from over 350 think tanks, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, university centers, advocacy groups, and other entities.
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Harvard Kennedy School Think Tank DirectoryThink Tank Search is a custom Google search of over 1200 think tank and research center websites. Think tanks are defined as institutions affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity.
CQ Press LibraryThis link opens in a new windowPortal for CQ Press online products. These components are subscribed to: Congress Collection, CQ Almanac, CQ Researcher Plus Archive, Political Handbook of the World, Politics in America, Public Affairs Collection, Voting and Elections collection and CQ Press Supreme Court Collection. In addition, these are searchable in SCOUT: Congress and the Nation and Washington Information Directory.
Congressional Research Service ReportsThis link opens in a new windowCRS reports provide Congress with both anticipatory and on-demand research and analysis to support their legislative, oversight, and representational duties. All reports adhere to the core values of CRS; they are authoritative, objective and nonpartisan. Reports range in length from several pages to more than one-hundred pages and cover the full breadth of topics of interest to Congress.
ProQuest CongressionalThis link opens in a new windowInformation produced by or pertaining to the United States Congress from 1789 to the present. Provides full text for many titles, generally from the early 1990's to the present. Includes bills, laws, legislative histories, hearings, committee prints, House and Senate documents and reports, the Congressional Record, Congressional Research Service reports, Code of Federal Regulations, and Federal Register.
U.S. Congressional Serial Set [GPO]This link opens in a new windowDatabase of Congressional documents and reports from 1995 onward. Provides access to primary source material on all aspects of American history, including committee reports related to bills and other matters, presidential communications to Congress, treaty materials, and selected executive department and non-governmental publications.
U.S. Congressional Serial Set [Readex]This link opens in a new windowDatabase of Congressional documents and reports from 1817 through 1994. Provides access to primary source material on all aspects of American history, including committee reports related to bills and other matters, presidential communications to Congress, treaty materials, and selected executive department and non-governmental publications.
Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information, providing timely information for Members of Congress and the public. Additionally, roll call votes are provided for both the House and Senate from 1989 to the present.
A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. Conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. Does not take policy positions. Search database of polling questions.
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act provides changes to gun safety laws, the mental health system, and school safety programs. The act makes changes to federal firearms laws, including to expand background check requirements, broaden the scope of existing restrictions, and establish new criminal offenses. It also authorizes and supports various programs, grants, and activities to promote access to behavioral and mental health services, enhance school safety and security initiatives, and address gun violence in communities.
On June 25, 2022, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA, P.L. 117-159) was signed into law. The BSCA was enacted in the aftermath of mass shootings in Uvalde, TX, and Buffalo, NY. The law includes provisions related to mental health, firearms, education, and Medicaid and Medicare. It also includes appropriations for related programs operated by the Departments of Justice (DOJ), Education (ED), and Health and Human Services (HHS). This report describes each of the provisions in the BSCA, along with the appropriations provided in Division B of the BSCA.
The Respect for Marriage Act replaces provisions that define, for purposes of federal law, marriage as between a man and a woman and spouse as a person of the opposite sex with provisions that recognize any marriage between two individuals that is valid under state law. The act also replaces provisions that do not require states to recognize same-sex marriages from other states with provisions that prohibit the denial of full faith and credit or any right or claim relating to out-of-state marriages on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.
This article from the database Opposing Viewpoints argues that, though the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act represents an important victory for marriage equality, the legislation has several important limitations. The author notes that President Joe Biden signed the act into law, codifying both same-sex marriage and interracial marriage at the federal level, in December 2022. the author asserts that its shortcomings have not received significant attention.
3. EO 14074 (2022) -- Policing and Criminal Justice Practices
President Biden's Executive Order on police reform including Improving data collection, revising use-of-force standards, limiting the use of no-knock entries, limiting the militarization of law enforcement, and improving crisis response to include alternatives.
Associated Press article on the President Biden’s May 2022 signing of Executive Order on Policing and Criminal Justice Practices. The AP, a secondary source, provides neutral reporting on the events leading to the decision to issue this Order, its limitations, and the reactions of advocacy groups and other commentators.
4. EO 14097 (2023) -- Ready Reserve to Address Drug Trafficking
President Biden's Executive Order that authorizes the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security to order to active duty such units and individual members of the Ready Reserve to address the threat posed by posed by international drug trafficking.
Article on President Biden’s May 2023 signing of an Executive Order authorizing active-duty armed forces reservists to be called up to address international drug trafficking at the southern border of the United States.
5. Dobbs v. Jackson's Women's Health Organization (decided June 24, 2022)
Dobbs v. Jackson's Women's Health Organization determined that the U.S. Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.
An article from Issues & Controversies provides a detailed history and overview of abortion and the arguments opposing and supporting its availability. After almost 50 years after the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade (1973) decided that women have a Constitutional right to abortion, with Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the Court overturned its previous decision stating that it had fundamentally erred when it ruled in 1973.
The Supreme Court ruled that Congress did not grant the Environmental Protection Agency in Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act the authority to devise emissions caps based on the generation shifting approach the agency took in the Clean Power Plan.
An article from Issues & Controversies provides a historic overview of efforts by the United States government to protect the environment. Opponents argue that such efforts will be detrimental to the economy and workers' livelihood and argue that the government should play a minimal role.