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Databases
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A new way to explore development finance and foreign aid.

EBSCO MegaFILE (EBSCOHost)(searching tips)
EBSCO MegaFILE is a multi-disciplinary database spanning every area of academic study. It is comprised of EBSCO's Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier and Regional Business News databases.

JSTOR
Provides access to scholarly journals in many social science disciplines. Coverage begins with volume 1 for each title. Depending on the publisher, the most recent three - five years may not be available via JSTOR.

LexisNexis Academic
Provides access to informaiton in a variety of areas including the social sciences.

New York Times Historical
The Historical New York Times (1851-2006) with Index (1851-1993) provides search capability using subject terms and topics for focused and targeted results in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical New York Times (1851-2006).

Newsbank
Access to local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers. Paid advertisementss and newswire articles are excluded. This database includes the Aberdeen American News, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the New York Times.

ProQuest (searching tips)
ProQuest includes general interest and scholarly articles in a variety of areas including the social sciences.

Reference Books

Checks and Balances: The Three Branches of the American Government -- 2005
Presents easy to understand information about the inner workings of the federal government. Includes historical overviews and examinations of the day-to-day operations of each branch, as well as Constitutional duties and obligations of each branch, specifics related to eligibility, elections and appointments of key positions, changes since 1776, the future of each branch, and other topics.

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution -- 2000
Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of constitutional law.

Major Acts of Congress -- 2004
Examines landmark pieces of legislation, explaining the historical factors that led to the proposal of each act, looking at the adoption process and assessing each act's impact on American life.

Political Theories for Students -- 2002
In-depth information on major political theories and systems from all time periods.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law -- 2004
Provides current information on more than 5,000 legal topics.

Videos

Online Resources

  • McGovern Center/Public Service and Leadership
  • Africa Portal -- The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa.
  • American Community Survey -- The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA -- The national service program designed specifically to fight poverty.
  • The Brookings Institution -- Private, non-profit, independent institute analyzing U.S. government policy and international relations
  • Congressional Record -- the official record of the proceedings and debates of the U.S. Congress.
  • Federal Register -- the daily journal of the United States government.
  • HumanRights.gov -- the official United States Government (USG) website for human rights related information.
  • MetroTrends -- The Urban Institute's report card and toolkit for researchers, students, journalists, elected officials and the public on the state of metropolitan economies.
  • NGO Research Guide -- Duke University's guide to non-governmental organizations.
  • OpenCongress -- OpenCongress brings together official government data with news coverage, blog posts, public comments, and more.
  • Peace Corps Digital Library -- A searchable collection of select electronic Peace Corps materials from 1961-present. This collection consists of materials from the Peace Corps archives and contributions from current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Staff.
  • Points of Light Institute -- A powerful, integrated national organization with a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century.
  • Policy Agendas Project: Center for American Politics and Public Policy -- collects and organizes data from various archived sources to trace changes in the national policy agenda and public policy outcomes since the Second World War.
  • Public Agenda -- A research and civic engagement organization working to strengthen our democracy's capacity to tackle tough public policy issues.
  • Rand Corporation -- A non-profit institution that conducts research analysis to help improve public policy and decision making.
  • The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research -- Promotes the intelligent, responsible and imaginative use of public opinion in addressing the problems faced by Americans and citizens of other nations.
  • SHOW/USA -- A free site that generates cartograms that give states prominence based on thematic characteristics rather than geography or physical size.
  • Think Tanks -- List of Think Tanks from the Univeristy of Michigan.
  • THOMAS -- In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress.
  • United Nations -- The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.
  • United Nations Volunteers -- The UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.
  • U.S. Department of State Careers -- Consider a career representing America.
  • U.S. House of Representatives -- The official website of the House of Representatives.
  • U.S. Senate -- The official website of the Senate.
  • USA.gov -- Official U.S. gateway to all government information.Gives easy, one-stop access to online U.S. Federal Government resources.
  • The White House -- The official website of the The White House and the executive branch.
  • World Development Report -- Provides access to every page of every World Development Report published by the World Bank since the first report was released in 1978.

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