Department of Political Science, Queens College
to Research a Political Science Paper
Peter Liberman, Queens College Dept.
of Political Science, September 2001
5. Political Science Research Resources
available at Rosenthal Library and the New York Public Library
You can access QC's on-line database and journal
subscriptions from computers in Rosenthal Library, or from home using a proxy server
Note that QC's subscriptions change from time to time as reference
librarians at the College and CUNY seek out the best resources subject
to budgetary constraints. Queens also has access to a number of online
as well as many periodicals
. A broader guide to social science resources will also be
Students can search the online
for the whole CUNY system.
is the online book catalog
for the NYPL research branch.
Article and Abstract Databases (QC only)
Wilson: Social Science Abstracts
Ebsco: Academic Search Premier
Hard-copy sources, available in Rosenthal Library
International Political Science Abstracts (QC has 1968-present)
Social Science Citation Index (QC only has 1966-1989)
Full-text On-line Journals
On-line, full-text journal databases can be searched just as
abstract or title databases, but they also provide easy access to the
full journal, when available. They also allow searching the text of the
articles themselves (rather than just the titles or abstracts), which
can help you find discussions of issues in articles that have a
different central focus. Note: some of these databases have full text
only for some journals in recent years, but include abstracts or titles
for prior years, before full text became available electronically.
Queens College has the following:
* EBSCO Academic Search Premier (ASP). The best at
QC, including lots of scholarly and policy journals. Often includes
abstracts or titles when the full text is unavailable.
* Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe: News Collection. A
vast collection of newspaper, news-wire, and news magazines.
* JSTOR. Full-text scholarly journals, going back many years, but
usually not recent years' issues.
* Project MUSE. Full-text scholarly journals, usually just recent years.
Public Library resources:
Comparable to Academic Search Premier, but contains some different
journals. Available (from home) on the New York Public Library website
(http://www.nypl.org/branch/umiproq/password.htm) to anyone with a New
York Public Library ID.
*Gale's Expanded Academic. Similar to EBSCO's Academic Search, but with
a smaller selection. Available (from home) on the New York Public Library website
(click on "research databases) to anyone with a Queens Borough Public
Historical journals, encyclopedias, and some primary documents. Queens
College does not subscribe to this, but it is available online to
anyone with an New York Public Library ID.
Law Research Resources
* Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe: Legal Research Collection
through the QC Library). Full-text of U.S. court cases, law reviews, US
codes and regulations, U.S. patents, etc.
Open Web Resources
* Compiled by QC's Social Sciences Reference Librarian, James
Mellone, this web
has numerous links to governments' and political
organizations' web pages.