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Political Science

This is a selected list of databases, dictionaries and reference works for Political Science research. For further assistance in finding information on your topic or for help with a specific database, contact Mike McIntosh, Liaison Librarian for Political Science at or 778.782.5043.

Top Resources

  1. Abstracts of political science articles published in journals and yearbooks around the world.
  2. Journals, reference books and monographs, and conference papers on political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse.
  3. Political theories, concepts, research frameworks, and practices from across the world.

Other Resources

  1. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  2. Alternative, radical, and Left publications which report and analyze the practices and theories of cultural, economic, political, and social change. Includes both popular media publications and peer-reviewed journals.
  3. Literature on all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture and current affairs from prehistory to present. Access is limited to 6 users at a time. Users will be automatically logged out of the database after 12 minutes of inactivity.
  4. Citations with abstracts to the worldwide literature (grey literature and published research from 1978) on the Arctic and other cold regions. Produced by the Arctic Institute of North America. Covers a wide range of topics ranging from science to social science and history.
  5. Full text access to major Canadian daily newspapers (such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, The Gazette (Montreal), and Vancouver Sun) as well as small market newspapers and weeklies published in Canada.
  6. Formerly called Microlog, this index covers publications of research value put out by the Canadian Government. This includes publications produced by federal, provincial, territorial & municipal governments, government agencies & departments, research institutes and government laboratories. It also contains theses and dissertations(1990 - 1998 only) from Canadian universities.
  7. Journals, books, surveys, meetings and speeches, conference papers, pamphlets, and other publications on international affairs and global policy.
  8. Manuscripts, paintings, maps, photographs, drawings, and missionary periodicals documenting the experiences of British and American diplomats, missionaries, business people, and tourists in China from 1793 to 1980.
  9. Working papers, policy briefs, and current analysis and commentary, scholarly journal articles, e-books, and videos on theory and research in international affairs.
  10. Confidential Print series issued by the Foreign and Colonial Offices from c.1824 to 1961, for the USA, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America.
  11. Covers all aspects of criminal justice, including psychological. Includes journal articles, books, government and non-government reports, magazines, newspapers, dissertations and unpublished papers.
  12. A wide ranging archive which collects annual data from many countries around the world, starting from 1815 to the present. Contains an extensive list of variables which can be analyzed and contrasted.
    Access: Available at standalone computer #2 on the third floor of the Bennett library.
    Reserve/book time: You can book or reserve time on the computer in the Bennett library on Burnaby Mountain which runs this resource by clicking here.
  13. Searchable list of all legislation (Acts, Regulation & Bills), and other government publications, documents, brochures, and pamphlets. FOR FULL TEXT: Use the library catalogue or the Canadian Research Index (
  14. Declassified documents on United States foreign and military policy since 1945.
  15. Citations with abstracts to economics journals, books, and working papers. Coverage includes Accounting, Business Finance and Investment, Consumer Economics, Economic Growth, Health Economics, Industry Studies, International Economics, Labor, Natural Resources, Urban and Regional Economics, and Welfare Programs
  16. Current research and policy documents on international development issues.
  17. Economic, political and geographic information and statistical data of countries and territories, and profiles of organizations.
  18. Factiva provides a wide range of information from newspapers, newswires, industry publications, websites, and company reports. The global range of publications provides both local insight and international perspective on business issues and current events especially with regard to current information on companies, industries, and financial markets.
  19. The FBIS monitored, recorded, transcribed and translated intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. These translations, or transcriptions make up the Daily Reports. The FBIS was created during World War II and is now under the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States.
  20. British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1949 and 1980. Materials include formerly restricted British government documents, letters, newspapers, maps, reports of court cases, biographies of leading personalities, summaries of events, and more.
  21. Manuscripts, print, and visual primary sources on global history and trade of commodities, such as sugar, chocolate, coffee, fur, tobacco, opium, oil, wine, and more, from c1550. Collection also includes scholarly essays, which provide background information on materials.
  22. Scholarly literature, general interest titles, government documents and reports on the relationship between human beings and the environment. Topics include global warming, recycling, alternate fuel sources and beyond. Use Citation Finder to locate the items.
  23. Books, journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities.
  24. Abstracts of journal articles, book reviews, dissertations on the history of the world outside, excluding Canada and the United States, since 1450. Access is limited to 6 users at a time. Users will be automatically logged out of the database after 12 minutes of inactivity.
  25. Papers issued by the British House of Commons, in all formats. Primarily contains papers from between 1801-2004, but some date back to late 1600's. Constitutes a richly detailed primary source for 19th, 20th and 21st century Britain, its colonies and the wider world. Topics include Canadian confederation, the abolition of slavery, electoral reform, affairs of the British in North America, and more.
  26. Books, articles, and manuscripts on cultures of the world, past and present. A research tool for archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists and beyond. Note for the Collection of Ethnography: the online version includes more recent source materials; the microfiche version retains older sources (before the annual installment 42).
  27. Annual averages of the components of the Political Risk Ratings (Table 3B) from the PRS Group covering 1984 to 2017.
  28. Project titles, abstracts, and funding information for all International Development Research Centre projects since 1970.
  29. Analysis on international security issues and country risks.Access is limited to 5 users at a time. Please remember to logout (top right corner of the database) when you are finished.
  30. A set of digitized newspapers, journals, and magazines originally published by alternative presses during the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Independent Voices provides access to the powerful voices of feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, gays, lesbians and more.
    The full collection is available to funding libraries during the funding/digitization campaign (through December 2018), Simon Fraser University is a funding library. The collection will become open access in January 2019.

    A limited number of publications are open access for public viewing now.

  31. Monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals and photographs about Indigenous populations in North America. Topics include the political, social, and cultural history of Native Peoples from the 16th century into the 20th century,
  32. Reference entries on a wide range of behavioral and social science fields.
  33. News and analysis on the international law that applies to foreign investment, particularly international treaties and arbitration claims. Focuses on investigation of unreported cases and review and discussion of legal documents and policy developments.
  34. Datasets from over 60 surveys on Canadian culture, politics, and society, covering up to 2017.
  35. Polls, public opinion and research information on international topics including politics, technology, health, finance, consumer products and consumer trends.
  36. An archival collection of scholarly journals mainly in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Subject coverage includes: African American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Botany & Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology and Statistics.
  37. A monthly digest of worldwide political and economic affairs. Keesing culls political, economic and social events into concise, detailed reports. Coverage up to 2015.
  38. An encyclopedia of British Columbia, KnowBC contains articles on BC people, places and things. Also includes many historic and colour photographs, statistics, maps, tables, charts and diagrams. Includes access to several reference works published by Harbour Publishing related the Pacific Northwest, such as Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names, Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History, and nature field guides for the area.
  39. International news coverage, business news, legal cases and law reports from early 1970's to present. Content is strongly American with significant coverage of Canadian and international topics.
  40. International law and legal information resource, which includes historical coverage. Canadian content includes Annual Statutes of Canada from 1867 and historical provincial session laws, statutes, and law reports. International jurisdictions include the US (federal and state), the UK, and others worldwide.
  41. Digital facsimiles from books, serials, pamphlets, containing materials on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade and transport. Covering the 15th to the 20th century.
  42. Publications from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, including country studies, forecasting publications, reports, periodicals, and socio-economic databases. Topics covered include agriculture, developing economies, education, employment, energy, environment, migration, social issues, and sustainable development.
  43. Comparative information on political finance regulations, including bans and limits on private income, public funding, regulations and spending and reporting, and oversight and sanctions of over 180 countries.
  44. An annotated bibliography on population topics covering books, journal articles, working papers, and other material. Produced by the Office of Population Research, Princeton University.
  45. Full-text of current issues of newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. Includes thousands of newspapers in over 40 languages from Canada and internationally. A rolling back file of coverage varies with each newspaper ranging from 3 days to 2 months.
  46. Humanities and social sciences peer-reviewed academic journals and ebooks from university presses and scholarly societies world-wide.
  47. Citations, abstracts, and citation searching (cited reference searching) across major journals in multiple disciplines in the social sciences.
  48. Full-text, born-digital UN documents published from 1993 onward, including documents of the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and their subsidiaries, as well as administrative issuances and other documents. ODS does not have the following types of materials: documents issued before 1993 that have not yet been digitized, press releases, sales publications, such as the Yearbook and the Treaty Series, and documents that do not have a UN symbol.
  49. A compilation of United Nations and agency statistics, covering economic, social, financial and development topics. In most cases time series are available from 1970 or 1980 and many series are disaggregated to show underlying distributions.
  50. Treaties and international agreements 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. Note: Please ensure that any popup blocking software installed in your browser has been disabled prior to accessing the UNTS.
  51. Indexes core journal articles, conference proceedings, and other resources in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, can be used for citation analysis of research. A citation index contains the references cited by the authors of the publications covered by the index. You can use these references to do a cited reference search. This type of search enables you to find works that cite a previously published work.
  52. Interpretative essays and documents including charity and international relief reports, pamphlets, photographs, press cuttings, magazines, posters, correspondence, minutes, records, diaries, memoranda, statistics, circulars, regulations and invitations on women's involvement in 20th-Century social, political, military and gender history. Focus is on women's roles in World War I Britain.
  53. Current constitutions of every country in the world in its original language, alongside at least one English translation. Also contains books on constitutional law and history, and historical documents relating to the development of constitutions.
  54. Provides access to more than 600 development indicators, including economic, social, environmental, business, and technology, with time series for 208 countries.
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