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Indexes to Journals and Books:

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) Remote access available Full text available
Comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. CIAO is also widely-recognized source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features.

Military and Government Collection (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Provides current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government. Includes the full text of nearly 300 government periodicals, general magazines, academic journals, and other content along with indexing for an additional 400.

DTIC Online (Defense Technical Information Center) Remote access available Full text available
Formerly Public STINET: Scientific & Technical Information Network, this provides citations to and full text of unclassified technical documents and research reports generated for and by the U.S. Department of Defense that broadly cover all areas associated with defense research, such as military, security, international politics, technology, sciences, biology, medicine, environment, pollution, psychology, social sciences, patents, conference proceedings, and more. Includes citations from the Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals, Staff College Automated Military Periodical Index, DoD Index to Specifications and Standards, and Research and Development Descriptive Summaries. Produced by the Defense Technical Information Center.

Electronic Library for Government Information Remote access available Full text available
Government information is a tremendous resource for research on a broad range of topics including business and economics, criminal justice, education, environment, geology, health and nutrition, and population to name just a few. Much of this information is available from the Internet, and the LIU library has compiled an extensive list of resources.

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.


Online Encyclopedias and Books: General Issues - United States - All Countries - Canada - Middle East

General Issues:

ebrary (ebrary) Remote access available Full text available
Currently offers over 100,000 full-text books, sheet music titles, maps, reports, and other authoritative documents from more than 180 leading academic, trade, and professional publishers. The collections are particularly strong in business, economics, education, computers, technology, science, medicine, history, language, literature, humanities, politics, and social sciences. Publishers include The McGraw-Hill Companies, Random House, Penguin Classics, Taylor & Francis, Yale University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Greenwood, and more (more information).

Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence, and Security (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Comprehensive, subject specific guide to the history, uses, scientific principles, and technologies of espionage, intelligence, and security, with special emphasis placed on the current ethical, legal, and social issues.

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Explains the issues behind genocide, crimes against humanity, and human rights abuses both in individual countries and the world at large, tracing the history of events, profiling perpetrators and heroes, and explaining international laws and legal proceedings aimed at ending them. Also covers depictions and manifestations of the phenomenon, such as propaganda, literature, film, and sociological & philosophical explanations.

Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and The Right (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Makes the distinction between "left" and "right" clearer through over 450 articles by academics and scholars from all over the world on individuals, movements, political parties, and ideological principles, with an analysis of where they fit on the spectrum that attempts to achieve a tone of balance, presenting the information with objectivity rather than advocacy. Although emphasis is on the modern era, it includes many movements, political leaders, and thinkers from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Encyclopedia of Power (Sage) Remote access available Full text available
Covers most aspects of the personal, institutional, agency-based, and structural uses of power in society as a whole with interdisciplinary views from political science, international relations, public administration, public policy, urban studies, sociology, social psychology, cultural studies, economics, and animal behavior. Includes biographies, key debates, and the role of power in grand social scientific theories along with topics such as conflict, freedom, consensus, game theory, decision theory, ability & capability, interpersonal relationships, and more.

FIRST: Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (SIPRI) Remote access available Full text available
Provides statistics and reports, organized by country, that cover: armed forces, conventional weapon holdings, and military activities - arms production, trade, embargoes and export controls - conflicts and peace keeping activities, landmines, and failed state indicators - general country indicators, population and economic statistics, global peace index, and political terror scale - form of government, elections, membership in international organizations, treaties and agreements - military expenditure and research - nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles - security news, links to related websites, chronology of security related events, and disease outbreaks - energy security and coal - human rights and freedom - and more. Produced by the International Relations & Security Network and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute with information from thirty international partner organizations.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context (Gale/Cengage) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Provides full-text viewpoint articles and topic overviews published by Greenhaven Press on today's hottest social and controversial issues to help students research, analyze, and organize a broad variety of information. It includes statistics, primary sources, biographies, court cases, images, videos, audio, and selected weblinks. It also provides articles from academic journals, newspapers, magazines, and reference books. Content can be searched by reading level.

Points of View Reference Center (Ebsco) Remote access available Full text available
Provides essays on controversial issues, presenting multiple sides, along with questions for further thought. Essays are accompanied by relevant periodical and newspaper articles, radio and television news transcripts, primary source documents, biographies, and images.

Political Theories for Students (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


United States:

2-1-1 Long Island (Community Resource Database) (Middle Country Public Library) Remote access available Full text available
Previously called the Community Resource Database of Long Island and created in partnership between the Middle Country Public Library and the United Way of Long Island, this provides detailed information on nearly 10,000 community health, human service, and education agencies and programs for children, teens, adults, families, and seniors in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Areas covered include: health services - support groups - food assistance - disability services - employment support - child and elderly care - volunteer opportunities - family violence services - camps and youth services - financial and legal counseling - education and training programs - heating and other emergency services - mortgage, rent, and housing assistance - counseling and substance abuse services - and much more. (No password needed. Telephone assistance is also available.)

Americans at War (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Explains how mobilization for war and how wars themselves have altered the fabric of everyday life by placing major American conflicts - from the Colonial Wars through the War on Terrorism - in the context of cultural and social events and conditions on the homefront, covering the fields of history, literature, arts, sociology, law, political science, and psychology. Articles include biographies and topics such as civil liberties, media, politics, popular culture, religion, memory, national identity, civic celebrations, monumental art, literature, veterans, science and technology, humor, music, and the roles of women & minorities.

Encyclopedia of War and American Society (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Essays by subject experts treat concepts, doctrines, policymaking, commerce, science, human rights, arms control, anti-imperialism, environmental diplomacy, refugee policies, terrorism, countermeasures, and more. Includes a chronology.

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Spanning the disciplines of law, political science, and history, this covers doctrinal concepts of constitutional law, judicial decisions, public acts, statutes, treaties, executive orders, and historical periods. Includes chronologies and a glossary of legal terms.

Major Acts of Congress (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
An illustrated encyclopedia of congressional acts from the earliest days of the American republic up through recent years. Broadly applicable to students as well as general readers, this reference work is suitable for high school and college students, public library patrons, and professionals seeking comprehensive information on the legal statutes that affect all of us.

Presidents: A Reference History (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Discusses the biography, activities, and policies of each president, as well as the historical perspective that reviews each individual presidency as part of the larger stream of American history, with all of its drama and pageantry. Includes the history of the presidency, the White House, and the role of the first ladies.

United States Government Internet Manual (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
A guidebook for official U.S. government resources on the Web. This manual contains more than 2,000 site records that provide descriptions and URL's for each site. Evaluations are given for the most important and frequently sought sites.


All Countries:

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) Remote access available Full text available
Comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. CIAO is also widely-recognized source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features.

Countries of the World and Their Leaders (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Yearbook 2011, Yearbook 2006, Yearbook 2005.
A compilation of U.S. Department of State reports on contemporary political and economic conditions, government personnel and policies, political parties, religions, history, education, press, radio and TV, climate, and other characteristics of selected countries of the world; together with travel alerts, passport and visa information, world health information for travelers, and customs and duty tips for returning residents.

Governments of the World: A Global Guide to Citizen's Rights and Responsibilities (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides multidisciplinary background information on the governments, political issues, and citizen politics in every independent nation of the world (and several non-independent territories), covering both their structure and how they affect citizens in the daily exercise of their rights and responsibilities. Includes historical surveys on different types of political systems; sidebars that explore key people, themes, & events; biographical sketches; a selection of primary documents; the intricacies of international relationships in a global environment; and the roles of international courts & supranational institutions such as the United Nations & the European Union.

History Behind the Headlines: The Origins of Conflicts Worldwide (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents in-depth information on conflicts appearing in today's headlines. Users are provided with historical background and analysis to events to give a greater understanding of the politics, players, and layers of current affairs.

Keesing's World News Archives: 1931-current (Keesing's) Full text available
Combines the over 95,000 articles from Keesing's Contemporary Archives and Keesing's Record of World Events to provide the full text from 2003 onward (and excerpts of the text from 1931-2002), adding about 150 articles per month. Drawing from a wide range of press and other sources in a variety of languages, it provides an overview of the political news of the world with a commitment to internationalism, accuracy, objectivity, and permanence. Covers, with their historical context, such topics as elections, changes of government, wars, treaties, appointments, diplomacy, terrorism, security issues, legislation, budgets, economic developments, international agreements, actions by the UN & other international organizations, natural disasters, environmental issues, and scientific discoveries.

LexisNexis European Union, Commonwealth, and Foreign Nations: Laws, Cases, and Treaties (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
EUR-Lex European Union Cases - EUR-Lex EU Legislation - EUR-Lex EU Parliamentary Questions - EUR-Lex EU Preparatory Acts - EUR-Lex EU Treaties - EUR-Lex EU National Provisions Implementing Directives - Australian Commonwealth, State & Territory Case Law - Commonwealth & Irish Cases, Combined - Gatt Panel and World Trade Decisions - Hong Kong Cases - Hong Kong Public Law Reports - International Legal Materials - Irish Reported and Unreported Cases - New Zealand Cases - Northern Ireland Reported and Unreported Cases - Malaysia and Brunei Cases - Butterworths South African Constitutional Law Reports - UK Cases, Combined Courts - U.S. Treaties in Force - U.S. Treaties on LEXIS.


Canada:

Canadian Parliamentary Guide (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Biographical sketches of current parliamentarians, including those serving in the Privy Council, Senate, and House of Commons. Includes results of all federal general and by-elections since 1867, current and historical data on provincial and territorial governments (with statistical information), listings for provincial and territorial legislative assemblies (with general by-election results), and more.

LexisNexis Canadian Legislation (LexisNexis) Remote access available Full text available
Canada statutes and regulations - Alberta statutes and regulations - British Columbia statutes and regulations - Ontario statutes and regulations.


Middle East:

Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Provides clear definitions and comprehensive explanations of the history, geography, religion, and demographics of the conflict, from the birth of Zionism at the end of the 19th century to the five Arab-Israeli wars and biographies of political personnel in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and the occupied territories.


Also of Interest:

Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Public Health (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
(See database page for description)


Database descriptions are adapted from each database's website.




NOVEL Database NOVEL (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) is a statewide virtual library provided free to the public by the New York State Library. It is currently a pilot project funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to the NY State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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