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RESEARCH HELP > RESEARCH QUICK START GUIDES

Research Quick Start Guides

Current Events

Overviews of Issues

Facts.com Facts on File World News Digest 1950+ (complete text) Stanford only. Search for your topic, click on any appropriate hit, and browse the left-hand margin for overview links.

CQ Researcher (Green Library Information Center H35 .C7) A starting point for overviews of current events, CQ Researcher focuses on one topic in each issue and provides summaries, chronologies, statistics and a debate by authoritative commentators.

Guides, Yearbooks, Almanacs

Britannica Book of the Year annual (Green Library Information Center AE5 .E364).

Almanac of American Politics annual (Green Library Information Center Ready Reference JK1012 .A44) evaluative background material on congresspeople, senators and governors; summary of important legislative issues; ratings by special interest groups of legislators.

World Almanac and Book of Facts annual (Green Library Information Center Ready Reference AY67 .N5 W7).

Europa World Year Book annual (Green Library Information Center Ready Reference JN106 .E85) background essays and statistics on each country and complete overviews of important trans-national organizations.

Editorials on File (Green Library Information Center PN4778 .E4) editorials and editorial cartoons from 150 North American newspapers arranged by topic.

Keesing's Record of World Events (Green Library Information Center DT410 .K4) similar to Facts on File.

Gallup Poll: Public Opinion (Green Library Information Center HN90 .P8 G34).

Polling the Nations (1986+)

Databases

If you don't find what you need in this list, check the more comprehensive list of databases by subject

Expanded Academic ASAP (1980+ on Web) indexes popular and many scholarly articles (especially in the humanities and social sciences) from over 1500 journals and magazines; includes some abstracts and many full text articles. Stanford only

GenderWatch provides publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. Stanford only

Latin American Database "three weekly electronic news bulletins about Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean including Cuba, and South America."

PAIS International (1972+ on Web Stanford only; 1915+ volumes are shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7163.P9) see hot topics in upper left corner of homepage; indexes selected books, government documents, and periodical articles on contemporary public issues and the making of public policy.

Policy File: Public Policy Research and Analysis Stanford only; see especially the headlines link on the homepage.

Sociological Abstracts (1963+ on Web) Stanford only (1952-1973 shelved at Green Library Information Center HM1.S67) indexes periodicals articles, some books and unpublished papers on social issues; also includes some full text.

LexisNexis Statistical Stanford only

CQ.com

Newspapers

America's Newspapers Stanford only

Alt-PressWatch Stanford only provides a collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press.

Global NewsBank (1996+ on Web) fulltext news Stanford only

Ethnic News Watch (1960+)

Stanford News Service

See also links to Web-based News Sources.

Finding Periodicals

Stanford owns many periodicals in various formats. The best way to find these is to use Socrates, Stanford's online catalog, and select Browse. Socrates will tell you the library and call number, if any. It may also give you a link to an electronic copy when that is available. Current (unbound) periodicals are shelved in the Information Center (1st floor Green East) and are arranged alphabetically by title. These may not be checked out. For call numbers of many popular titles and more details on searching Socrates see Finding Magazines in Green Library.

These periodicals are particularly helpful:

National Journal. In some ways the print format of National Journal is easier to use than the online version. (Green Library Information Center JK1 .N28).

National Journal (1977+ on Web) full text online coverage of U.S. politics. Stanford only

CQ Weekly. (Green Library SSRC JK1 .C66).

Congressional Digest: A Pro & Con Monthly. (Green Library Current Periodicals and Stacks JK1 .C65). "An independent publication featuring controversies in Congress, Pro & Con." Each issue is devoted to one controversy, such as abortion, survelliance technology, and industrial emissions. Congressional Digest offers an overview of the debate, chronology, summary of the topic's legislative history, a guide to selected Internet sites, and statements from senators, members of congress, and others on both sides of the issue. An excellent starting point.

Government Internet Sites

There are many government resources on the Internet. Some of the most important are listed below. For others see the Stanford Guides.

Stanford Guides:

Congressional Information

Congressional Information Internet Sites

Presidential Papers

Public Policy Research Using Government Information

Great Starting Points:

Lexis-Nexis Congressional Stanford only (1789+) government information, public policy; see the Hot Bills/Topics link near the bottom of the homepage.

CQ.com Stanford only

Thomas (Library of Congress)

GPO Access (US Government Printing Office)

Congress: Congressional Record and Index

General Accounting Office Reports

Legal Information Institute from Cornell Law School

President: Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

Supreme Court Decisions 1937-75

U.S. Government Periodicals Index

Congressional Research Service Reports Non-partisan reports on a wide range of issues are prepared for Congress by the Library of Congress. These reports, which are not offered to the public directly from the Congressional Research Service, but Representative Christopher Shay makes many of them available on his website.

Government Agency URLs

Office of AIDS Research (Health & Human Services)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Council of Economic Advisers (President's Office) Including Economic Report of the President.

Defense Department links

Drug Enforcement Administration (Justice Dept.)

Education Department

Food and Drug Administration (Health & Human Services)

Health & Human Services

Management and Budget Office

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Health & Human Services)

National Security Council (President's Office)

Science and Technology Policy Office (President's Office)

State Department

Welcome to the White House


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