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Finding Books: Library Catalogs

IRIS The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries.

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Law library materials are not listed in IRIS. Use the above subject headings to find relevant publications in the law collections.

Finding Articles: Indexes

PAIS International 1972-
Index to books, reports, government documents, and journals dealing with political, social, and public policy issues. Restricted Access.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts 1975-
Index to over 1,300 journals in political science, international relations, public policy and related fields. Restricted Access.

SocioFile 1974-
Index to approximately 1900 journals in sociology and related disciplines, including political science. Restricted Access.

GPO Access: Multi-Database Search
Search one or across multiple U.S. government databases. Access to federal budgets, congressional bills and reports, the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, economic reports, the Public Papers of the Presidents, Supreme Court Decisions, the U.S. Code, etc.


For links to many newspaper sites with online searchable archives, as well as to physical collections of newspapers see the Newspapers Research Guide.

A vast archive of the world's most important publications, reports and news. Full-text of 8,000 leading newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newsletters, and television and radio transcripts. Restricted Access.

LexisNexis Academic
"News" section indexes and provides access to a large collection of U.S. and international newspapers, newsletters, wire service reports, transcripts of television and radio news broadcasts, and student newspapers. Includes foreign language newspapers, and full-text coverage of the New York Times from June 1, 1980 to the present. Restricted Access.

Ethnic NewsWatch A full-text collection of over 200 newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic (including Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian-American, European, and Jewish), minority, and native press. Complete articles dating back to 1960, in English and Spanish. Restricted Access.

World News Connection Translated and English-language news and information from Central Eurasia, China, East Asia, Near East & South Asia, East Europe, West Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Restricted Access.

Policy And Public Opinion

Policy Issues

CQ Researcher
Extensive collection of weekly reports from Congressional Quarterly. Each report offers data, a variety of opinion, and a bibliography on a specific 'hot' issue. Restricted Access.

Public Agenda Online
A nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization, Public Agenda offers background information, in-depth analyses and opinion studies on a variety of public policy issues.'s Issues Library
Current research and position papers on public policy from a variety of sources. What's left of the late lamented "".

Electronic Policy Network
Research and position papers on public policy issues. A project of The American Prospect, the papers here tend be reflective of the middle to the left positions.

Public Opinion Polls

Gallup Poll
Includes brief summaries of recent Gallup public opinion polls. Each day's report available for free; access to back files of full reports requires a subscription.

Gallup Poll Tuesday Briefing
2000- Weekly summary and analysis of the latest Gallup Poll findings. Restricted Access.

The Harris Poll
Results of telephone and online public opinion surveys by HarrisInteractive.

Washington Post On Politics
The Washington Post regularly polls Americans on questions of national interest.

Polling the Nations
"A compilation of the full-text of the questions and responses from over 14,000 national, state and local surveys conducted since 1986 by some 700 polling organizations in the United States and eighty other countries." Restricted Access.

Eagleton Poll Archive
Survey results and questionnaires from the quarterly Rutgers Eagleton Institute's survey of New Jersey residents on questions of political and social interest from 1971 to the present.


Lobby Groups
Campaign contributions, directories, web sites, and ratings. Part of the University of Michigan Library's excellent "United States Politics" site.

2003 Summary Data on New Jersey Lobbyists and Legislative Agents
Agents, benefits by recipient and provider, expenditures by category, etc. Part of the annual Campaign Financing and Lobbying series produced by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Law and Legislation

Lexis-Nexis Academic
Includes indexes to legal periodicals and law reviews, federal and state case law, Shepard's for US Supreme Court cases, and federal and state codes and regulations. Restricted Access.

THOMAS - Legislative Information on the Internet
Browse or search legislation from the 93d (1973) Congress to the present. A slightly dated but still valuable guide to Legislative Research with Thomas has been prepared by Larry Schankmann at Mansfield University.

New Jersey Legislature Home Page
Includes searchable index to New Jersey Statutes, as well as index to and legislative histories of bills in the current session.

The Parties

Democratic Party [DNC]
News, hearings, platform positions. Links to individual state Democratic Party sites. The Republican National Committee [RNC]
News, positions, links to individual state GOP sites.

Directory of U.S. Political Parties
In addition to updates on and links to official major party sites, this directory from offers an extensive annotated listing of American third parties.

Presidential Debates

Debate Transcripts
Transcripts of U.S. presidential debates beginning with the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debates. From the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Bush-Kerry Debate, September 30, 2004
NPR broadcast of the first Bush-Kerry debate.


2004 Campaign
Annotated collection of links from the University of Michigan Documents Center to background information, candidates, campaigns, policy issues, etc.

Voting and Registration Data
Voting and registration by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, as well as pre-election projections of voting-age population by age, race, Hispanic origin, and gender. Based on the Current Population Surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

America Votes: A Handbook of Contemporary American Election Statistics. Washington, D.C., 1956- Biennial.
Compendium of data on presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections by state.
Dana Call Number: REF JK1967 .A8.

From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Recent and historical data on statewide elections.

The State Pages: State and Congressional Candidates, State Parties, and Local News Sources.


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 to the Present
Search for individuals by name, position, state, or party.

Almanac of American Politics. Washington, D.C., 1972- Biennial.
Political profile and demographic statistics for each congressional district; as well as a profile of each member of Congress. Electronic version also available Restricted Access.
Dana Call Number: REF JK271.B343.

CQ Weekly. Washington, D.C., 1956- .
Weekly facts and figures on congressional activity and government operations. Major issues, roll-call votes, presidential statements, status of major legislation, etc. Electronic version also available (May 1998- Two week lag time) Restricted Access.
Dana Call Number: REF. JK1 .C15.

Congressional Quarterly Almanac. Washington, D.C., 1945- Annual.
Annual digest of information published in CQ Weekly. Each volume focuses on congress, government and politics during one congressional session.
Dana Call Numbers: REF. JK1 .C66.


The New Jersey Municipal Data Book. Montclair, N.J., New Jersey Associates, 1981- Annual
One page summaries of the population, government, finances, schools, and other characterisitics of each of New Jersey's towns and cities.
Dana Call Number: REF HD4606.N49N5. Most recent volume at Reference Desk.

County and City Data Book. Washington, D.C., Bureau of the Census, 1949- .
Social, economic, and business statistics for all U.S. counties, cities of 25,000 or more, and places of 2500 or more.
Dana Call Number: Most recent volume at Reference Desk.

County and City Data Books
Select data elements and create your own data tables based on data reported in the 1988 and 1994 data books.

American FactFinder
Select query elements to create maps and view data tables based on Census 2000, the 1990 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Economic Census. See definitions of the major geographic units for which census data is available.

Web Guides

Political Science Resources: United States Politics
Outstanding gateway from the University of Michigan Documents Center.

U.S. Government and Politics
From the North Hall Library at Mansfield University.

Natalie Borisovets (
rev. October 3, 2004
Oct. 18, 2001