History & Political Science


The databases below are especially helpful for accessing articles and citations in your discipline.

If you are off-campus, use the link for off-campus access to our databases provided at the end of each description on the Find Articles page.

Academic Search Premier - Covers broad subject matter
America: History and Life - Covers USA and Canadian history
American National Biography - Offers full-text articles on persons who shaped the USA
CIAO Columbia International Affairs Online - comprehensive source for international affairs
CQ Researcher - Provides indepth coverage of political and social issues
CQ Weekly - Includes fulltext news and analysis on government, commerce, and politics
Cambridge Histories Online - Full-text version of over 250 volumes from Cambridge University Press
Historical Abstracts - Covers world history excluding the USA and Canada
Historical Statistics of the United States - Statistics from the late 1700s to the present
Humanities Full Text - Comprehensive humanities resource, with much full-text content
JSTOR - Access full-text articles starting in the early 20th century
LexisNexis Academic - Note this database's legal section
OmniFile Full Text Mega - Multi-disciplinary database, with much full-text content
Oxford Reference Online - Full-text dictinoaries, language references, and reference works
Social Sciences Full Text - Standard resource, with full text content of over 200 journals

Here is a list of all Ryan Library databases.
Also try Google Scholar to search for scholarly articles. 


The databases NetLibrary Collection and Oxford Reference Online have full-text books online. Below is a representative list of reference books at Ryan Library.

Europa World Year Book
Statesman's Year-book
Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations
Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy
Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements
Women in World History
Encyclopedia of the Renaissance
Encyclopedia of Russian History
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World
Encyclopedia of American History

Check Phineas, Ryan Library's online catalog, for hardcopy books. 

Google Book Search is a good Web site to search for books on your topic
WorldCat provides access to library catalogs in your area.


Library of Congress Digital Collection - Legislative information and history
US Congress House of Representatives   and Senate 
OpenCongress - Non-partisan web resource with a mission to make Congress more transparent.
White House - Official site of the the USA's President's residence.
Making of America - A digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
Gallup - delivers relevant, timely, and visionary research on what people think and feel.
NewsVoyager - Links to newspapers worldwide
Perseus Digital Library Project - History, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world.
Political Resources on the Net - Listed by country with links to Parties & Organizations
Thomas - In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress
United Nations - The UN's official site.

Doug Fruehling, Librarian to the History & Political Science Department
Ryan Library, Room 208D