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*Politics and International Affairs: Background Information

CQ Political Reference Suite

CQ Almanac

Authoritative analysis on the major legislation and actions of congress for each year since 1945. Unique data on the voting patterns of Congress members provide insight into the legislative process and history of the institution. Users can follow the history of a policy issue with the Policy Tracker tool which links reports on the same issue for almost 70 years.

CQ Researcher Plus Archive

A database of in-depth, authoritative reports on a full range of political and social-policy issues extending back to 1923. Each report is footnoted and includes an overview, background section, chronology, bibliography and debate-style pro-con feature, plus tools to study the evolution of the topic over time.

CQ Magazine

A weekly news magazine featuring in-depth reporting on public policy, politics, congressional legislation, and elections extending back to 1983, including: a complete wrap-up of news on Congress, the status of bills in play, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and floor activity, debates, and all roll-call votes.

Politics in America

The ultimate insider's guide to politics with authoritative information on each member of Congress and the district he or she represents.

Supreme Court Yearbook

Encyclopedias and Guides

Gale eBooks

Gale
eBooks

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Tools & Tutorials

If you're having trouble getting your ideas going, try reading a few encyclopedia articles.  Look for keywords in the article and the different ways it's described there.  Also check out the Reference List or Works Cited for more information on topic.

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