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Government, History, Political Science Databases

Catalog | Databases by Subject Area

Academic Search Complete (TUTORIAL) - A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary database that offers indexing and abstracts for 13,797 journals and a total of 862 publications, including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Featuring full text for 7,871 academic journals, 963 magazines, and 163 trade publications. This scholarly collection offers unmatched coverage of information spanning a broad range of important areas of academic study: anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies, zoology, and many other fields.

American Indian Histories and Cultures - Explore manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books dating from the earliest contact with European settlers right up to photographs and newspapers from the mid-twentieth century. Browse through a wide range of rare and original documents from treaties, speeches and diaries, to historic maps, and travel journals.

The American West - "From early topographical sketches and pioneers' accounts, to photographs of Buffalo Bill and his 'Wild West' stars, explore the fact and the fiction of westward expansion in America from the early eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Browse a wide range of rare and original documents, including printed books, journals, historic maps, broadsides, periodicals, advertisements, photographs, artwork, and more."

Bibliography of Native North Americans (TUTORIAL) - This bibliographic database covers all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics, including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. Contains more than 141,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present. This database is an essential research tool for anthropologists, archaeologists, educators, historians, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, legal and medical researchers, linguists, theologians, ethnobotanists, and policy makers. NO FULL TEXT ARTICLES.

Global Road Warrior (TUTORIAL) - Provides data for 175 countries related to society and culture, communications, travel, trade, business, money and banking, and country maps.

Great Lives from History: The Renaissance & Early Modern Era - Great Lives from History: The Renaissance & Early Modern Era, 1454-1600 is the third installment in the expanded Great Lives series, initiated in 2004 with The Ancient World, Prehistory-476 C.E. and followed by The Middle Ages, 477-1453.

The Handbook of Texas Online - Provided by the Texas State Historical Association, this encyclopedia furnishes a full-text searchable version of the complete text of the six-volume print edition, all corrections incorporated in the second printing, and approximately 400 articles not included in the print edition. More than 23,000 articles on Texas history, geography, and culture.

MAS Ultra - School Edition (TUTORIAL) - Provides full text articles for 477 popular general interest and current events publications with information dating as far back as 1975 for key magazines. This database also contains 362 full text reference books (including the Columbia Encyclopedia and the CIA World Fact Book), 944 biographies, 202 country fact sheets, 395 country reports, 11 educational reports, 3 government documents, 4 law books, 3 newspapers, 77 pamphlets, 155 speeches, 139 state/provincial fact sheets, and an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps, flags, and color PDFs.

MAS Ultra also includes 5 databases: American Heritage Dictionary; American Reference Library: Biographies; American Reference Library: Primary Source Documents; Britannica Biographies; and Hutchinson's Biography Database.

Under the law category all Supreme Court Cases from 1790-present.

Middle Search Plus - Provides full text for 168 popular middle school magazines, over 131,000 full text biographies, 216 books, 201 country fact sheets, 5 databases, 3 encyclopedias, 1 government document, 4 law documents, 2 newspapers, 75 pamphlets, 155 speeches, and 139 state/provincial fact sheets.

Additionally, Middle Search Plus contains primary source documents, including "Essential Documents in American History", reference books, including the "Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia," "New Oxford American Dictionary," "Encyclopedia of Animals"; and thousands of relevant photos, maps, and flags.

Military and Government Collection (TUTORIAL) - Provides current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government from 436 journals and 32 trade publications, of which 264 titles are in full text. This database also includes 3 biographies, 9 books, 116 country reports, 3 databases, 1 encyclopedia, 7 government documents, 3 law documents, 4 newspapers, 54 reports, 154 speeches, and 5 state/provincial fact sheets.

SIRS Issues Researcher (TRAINING VIDEO) - Provides the best article selections from more than 2,100 domestic and international magazines, journals, newspapers, and websites (1989-present), exploring social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues. This database also includes "Leading Issues" which provides instant access to information on: Today's news/current events, world conflicts, Spotlight on..., curriculum pathfinders, natural disasters, World Almanac excerpts, and maps of the world.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps (TUTORIAL) - Provides digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of over 12,000 American towns and cities. These maps are valuable research tools for geographers, social historians, urban specialists, genealogists, planners, local historians, architects, environmentalists, and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

Texas Reference Center (TUTORIAL) - Includes full text from 32 academic journals, 37 magazines, 38 newspapers, and 178 books about Texas history, ethnic and cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, business, home and garden, and sports and leisure. This database contains biographies portraying famous historical and contemporary Texans, such as George Herbert Walker Bush, Lady Bird Johnson, Dan Moody, Susanna Dickinson, and Sam Houston. Newspapers providing Texas and national news coverage are also included.

TOPICsearch (TUTORIAL) - This database allows researchers to explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries, and other popular topics. Contains full text for tens of thousands of articles from diverse sources, including international and regional newspapers, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.

References (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks)

Encyclopedia Britannica (TUTORIAL) - Search by index, A-Z browse, or author, title, subject browse. Videos are included in the world atlas section on countries.

Thomas (Library of Congress) - THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include the features and content listed : Bills, Resolutions Activity in Congress Congressional Record Schedules, Calendars Committee Information Presidential Nominations Treaties Government Resources For Teachers.

U.S. Department of State - The Bureau of Resource Management (RM) assists foreign affairs agency heads with developing policies, plans, and programs to achieve foreign policy goals. The Assistant Secretary of RM and Chief Financial Officer also coordinates resource requirements to enable the Secretary of State to present integrated international affairs resource submissions to the Office of Management and Budget and to the Congress.

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