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A P Images (1844-) Access What Is It? Current and historical archive from the Associated Press. Includes over 1 million primary source photos, 24,000 maps, logos, and graphics, and more than 4,500 hours of audio files dating from the 1920's.

Why Use It? To find photographs; maps, sound bites.

American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (1990-Present) Access What Is It? An index to North American scholarship on Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Union that includes journal articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, and selected government publications published in the United States and Canada.

Why Use It? Research Russian, Soviet, and East European history, culture and literature. Find reviews of books written by historians.

American Presidency Project (1789 - present) What Is It? Oral and written addresses, executive orders, proclamations, signing statements, press conferences, radio and TV broadcasts, party platforms, state-level presidential election returns; and more..

Why Use It? To search for and access comparative historical and political information about United States Presidents through their public communications; includes the Public Papers of the Presidents and the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents for recent Presidents.

Bibliography of Asian Studies (1971-Present) Access What Is It? Index to scholarly articles, books and book chapters in Asian history and culture. Includes citations to all articles from the 100 most-used journals in Asian studies. See also print index (Sawyer REF DS5 .B52) covering materials published from 1941 to 1970.

Why Use It? Research Asian history, art, culture and literature.

C-SPAN Video Library (1987-current) What Is It? Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987 is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text.

Why Use It? To get primary source materials relating to any aspect of Congressional action since 1987. legislative information on the Internet (Varies: most complete from 1994 - Present) What Is It? Provides free access to a wide range of legislative information on the Congress, including the full text of the Congressional Record and bills for the 103rd (1993) to the present Congress, a directory of congressional committees and members of Congress, the weekly floor schedule for the House, and a schedule of daily committee hearings.

Why Use It? Find United States Congress legislative information.

Congressional Publications (1789 - Present) Access What Is It? Index and full-text of Congressional prints, hearings, reports, legislative histories. Includes full text of Congressional Research Service reports from 1916 - present; full-text of Serial Set documents produced from 1789 to 1969. Index and full-text of Bound Permanent Congressional Record and its predecessors from 1789 - 1997. Full text of Daily Congressional Record 1985 - present. Search Tip: use ALL CAPS for connecting terms; e.g. AND, OR, NEAR/n, etc. See Congressional Search Syntax guide for more.

Why Use It? Get citations to and full-text of United States Congressional documents produced from 1789 to present. Search and retrieve full text of Bound Permanent Congressional Record from 1789 -1997 and full-text of Daily Congressional Record from 1985 - present.

Council of Europe (1949-current) What Is It? Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.

Why Use It? To find centralized information about human rights, democracy and the rule of law; the CoE is the European forum for discussion and promotion of these ideals.

Country Profiles / Area Handbooks (current) What Is It? This series is part of the Country Studies Program, formerly the Army Area Handbook Program. They offer brief information on a country’s historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security.

Why Use It? To get summarized current information about the countries profiled.

Declassified Documents Reference System (1941-current) Access What Is It? Declassified White House, CIA, FBI, State Department documents from presidential libraries.

Why Use It? Find primary source government documents obtained through FOIA. Research U.S. foreign and domestic policy.

Digital National Security Archive (1945-current) Access What Is It? Citations, abstracts and full-text of declassified U.S. government documents, including bulletins, memos, reports, agreements (primarily acquired through FOIA requests) covering U.S. foreign policy since 1945. Arranged in discrete collections; see Collections Guide, but can be searched across collections.

Why Use It? Use DNSA to find full-text of primary source documents central to topics ranging from post World War II European policy to recent efforts in combating terrorism.

Directory of Development Organizations (current) What Is It? International organizations; government ministries & institutions; planning agencies; private sector support organizations: chambers of commerce and industry, fair trade organizations; central banks, national development banks, microfinance institutions, finance houses; training and research organizations: civil society organizations; faith-based development organizations, development programmes and projects; development consulting firms: information providers: development newsletters/journals, development publishers, web resources, databases; grantmakers and philanthropic organizations.

Why Use It? To get contact information, including websites, of international development organizations, public and private.

ECOLEX (1970s - current) What Is It? The ECOLEX database includes information on treaties, international soft-law, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. Ecolex is operated jointly by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme).

Why Use It? To find primary documents and secondary literature on international environment issues.

Encyclopædia Iranica (pre-history - present) What Is It? The Encyclopædia Iranica, an international collaborative project based at the Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University, is dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. It covers all aspects of Iranian history and culture, languages and literatures. Does not include biographies of living persons. Articles are signed and include bibliographies.

Why Use It? To explore all aspects of Iran and Iranian culture, from prehistoric times to the present, and to identify prominent scholars in the area.

Environment Abstracts (1975-Present) Access What Is It? Indexes more than 950 journals and other scientific and scholarly material published in the U.S. and abroad, encompassing all aspects of the impact of people and technology on the environment. As of 1994, the database also provides expanded coverage of energy-related issues.

Why Use It? Find U.S. and international scholarly and scientific material relating to all aspects of the environment, including specific projects, processes and problems.

Expanded Academic Index (1980-Present) Access What Is It? Multi-disciplinary index to scholarly academic and general interest periodicals.

Why Use It? Search for articles on a wide variety of subjects. Get a sense of how much has been written on your topic. Gather background information. Good place to start most research projects.

FBIS (Foreign Broadcast Information Service) (1941-1996) Access What Is It? Contains full-text English translations of foreign broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals and government statements. Use World News Connection to get similar news from 1996-current.

Why Use It? Use FBIS to find first-hand, local perspectives of events in non-U.S. countries as they occurred. Database primarily covers topics significant to U.S. trade, legal and security issues.

Foreign Relations of the United States 0nline (FRUS) (1945-1980) What Is It? FRUS constitutes the official record of the foreign policy of the United States. See also the print edition at Sawyer E183.7 U6.

Why Use It? Use FRUS to get a comprehensive record of the major foreign policy decisions within the range of the Department of State's responsibility and to get materials concerning the facts which contributed to the formulation of policies.

Global Legal Information Network (current) What Is It? From the Law Library of Congress: the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations.

Why Use It? To find the full-text of laws and other legal materials from these countries:

Global Legal Monitor (2003 - present) What Is It? Online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It draws on information from official national legal publications and reliable press sources.

Why Use It? To get information about current international legal issues from jurisdictions all over the world. Get ideas for research paper topics in Political Science - International Relations or Justice and Law Studies.

Global Peace Index (current) What Is It? Ranks 120 nations according to their relative peacefulness. The Global Peace Index is composed of 24 indicators, ranging from a nation’s level of military expenditure to its relations with neighbouring countries and the level of respect for human rights.

Why Use It? To compare or rank countries according to peacefulness criteria.

Government of Canada Publications (1985-present) What Is It? The Government of Canada Publications website provides access to free and priced publications authored by Government of Canada departments.

Why Use It? Find Canadian Government publications from 1985 - present. Find statistics, reports, policy documents, etc.

Handbook of Latin American Studies (1936-Present) What Is It? Bibliography on Latin America edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.

Why Use It? Search for scholarly articles and books about Latin America.

Historical Abstracts (1955-Present) Access What Is It? An index to books, scholarly articles, and dissertations in world history (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Covers approximately 2,300 journals.

Why Use It? Research world history (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Does not include book reviews.

ILOLEX Database of International Labour Standards (1919 - current) What Is It? ILOLEX is a trilingual database containing ILO Conventions and Recommendations, ratification information, comments of the Committee of Experts and the Committee on Freedom of Association, representations, complaints, interpretations, General Surveys, and numerous related documents.

Why Use It? Get full-text of ILO conventions, recommendations and other information.

Index Islamicus (1906-Present) Access What Is It? Indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world, including Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, and Muslim minorities elsewhere.

Why Use It? Find journal articles and book chapters on the Middle East and the Muslim World. Find book reviews.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (1951-Present) Access What Is It? Includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters. Unique in its broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries.

Why Use It? Find research articles in the Social Science

International Labour Organization (ILO) (1983-current) What Is It? Main ILO database on labour statistics covering household incomes and expendture statistics,economically active population (data since 1945), employment, unemployment, employment by sex for detailed occupational groups (1970-2000), public sector employment, statistical sources and methods, hours of work, wages, labour cost, consumer prices, occupational injuries and strikes and lockouts (data since 1969). It is the main ILO statistical database and has statistics published in the Yearbook of Labour Statistics, the October Inquiry and the Bulletin of Labour Statistics. It also includesestimates and projections of the economically active population.

Why Use It? View and download international labour statistics.

International Political Science Abstracts (1951-Present) Access What Is It? Produced by the International Political Science Association, IPSA includes current indexing and abstracts of nearly 900 of the world's leading journals in political science.

Why Use It? Find journal articles on foreign policies, international politics, political theory, and government institutions.

JPRS (Joint Publications Research Service) Reports (1957-1994) Access What Is It? English-language archive of translations of foreign scientific, technical, and social science materials. Includes monographs, reports, serials, journal articles, newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from around the world, with an emphasis on communist and developing countries.

Why Use It? Find scientific and technical reports produced during the Cold War.

LexisNexis Academic - Law Reviews and Journals (1980-present) Access What Is It? Provides of full-text of US law reviews, journals, and news. Covers all areas of the law, including constitutional, criminal, environmental, immigration, and labor law.

Why Use It? To identify and access full-text of law review articles and legal news. To find scholarly analyses of legal issues and court cases.

Nations of the World (current) What Is It? Links to worldwide official government websites.

Why Use It? Get non-U.S. government information; links to constitutions, contact and descriptive information about executive, legislative, and judicial branches of other governments.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (current) What Is It? The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.

Why Use It? To get current data about refugees worldwide, including Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced Persons, Stateless Persons, and Returned Refugees Returned Refugees.

PAIS International (1915-Present) Access What Is It? An index of articles, books, websites and government documents that cover global public policy, social issues and the social sciences.

Why Use It? Find articles about public policy and social issues in the U.S. and abroad. Make connections between policy and politics. Locate selected government publications about policy or social issues.

PARLINE database on national parliaments (1967-current) What Is It? The PARLINE database contains information on the structure and working methods of 265 parliamentary chambers in all of the 188 countries where a national legislature exists. From the Inter-Parliamentary Union, established in 1889.

Why Use It? To get data on specific Parliaments worldwide. Search for electoral systems, election summaries, and statistics for all parliamentary elections since 1967. Includes parliamentary mandates, salaries and oversight bodies.

Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 (1674 - 1913) What Is It? The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 - A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court."

Why Use It? To find primary source material from London legal system from late 17th to early 20th Century; to study minorities, migration, class, gender and many other social issues from that time.

ProQuest International Newsstand (Coverage Varies) Access What Is It? Searchable fulltext (some citations) from over 170 English and non-English Language newspapers and newswire sources worldwide. Coverage for most sources begins in the late 1990s.

Why Use It? Find articles in major English language newspapers and newswires from around the world.

Treaties of the Council of Europe (1949-present) What Is It? The Council of Europe Treaty Series groups together all the conventions concluded within the Organisation since 1949. Whatever they are called (“agreement”, “convention”, “arrangement”, “charter”, “code”, etc.), all these texts are international treaties in the sense of the Convention of Vienna of 1969 on the law of treaties.

Why Use It? To access the full-text of all of the Treaties prepared and negotiated through the Council of Europe.

Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive (9/11/2001 through 9/17/2001) What Is It? The 9/11 Television News Archive is a library of news coverage of the events of 9/11/2001 and their aftermath as presented by U.S. and international broadcasters. It presents one week of news broadcasts for study, research and analysis.

Why Use It? To get primary source material relating to the news coverage of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

United Nations General Assembly Resolutions (1946-current) What Is It? Text, dates of adoption, and vote totals for United Nations General Assembly resolutions. To compare U.N. member voting history using a variety of indicators, see Voting Practices in the United Nations from the U.S. Dept of State.

Why Use It? To find information about United Nations General Assembly resolutions, including full-text of resolutions.

United Nations Security Council Resolutions (1946-current) What Is It? Text, dates of adoption, and vote totals of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions from 1946 to current. To get comparisons of voting practices of countries in the United Nations, including the United States, see Voting Practices in the United Nations from the U.S. Dept. of State.

Why Use It? To find information about United Nations Security Council Resolutions, including full-text

United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS) (1946-current) Access What Is It? A collection of treaties and international agreements registered or filed and recorded with and published by the Secretariat since 1946. The UNTS includes the texts of treaties in their authentic language(s), along with translations into English and French, as appropriate.

Why Use It? Obtain text of treaties to which U.N. member nations are party.

World News Connection (1994-2013) Access What Is It? Publications of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), a U.S. Government agency which monitors and translates radio and television broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspaper and periodical articles, online sources, non-classified technical reports, and government statements from within other countries. The CIA ended public access to the World News Connection on Dec. 31, 2013. For more, see CIA Halts Public Access to Open Source Service.

Why Use It? Study a topic from another country's perspective. Learn more about events and developments happening in other countries.

World Public Opinion (varies) What Is It? is an international collaborative project whose aim is to give voice to public opinion around the world on international issues. was initiated by and is managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes.

Why Use It? To get information and analysis about public opinion on international policy issues from around the world.

Yearbooks: United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (1968 - present) What Is It? "The UNCITRAL Yearbook is a compilation of all substantive documents related to the work of the Commission and its Working Groups. It also reproduces the annual Report of the Commission which is published as Supplement No. 17 of the "Official Records of the General Assembly".

Why Use It? To find documents related to international trade as administered through the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law