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Use library catalogs to find books, videos, government documents, journals, magazines, and newspapers. The Davidson College Library Catalog contains information about materials owned by Davidson. WorldCat lists materials held in libraries around the world. If Davidson does not have a copy of what you need, use Interlibrary Loan to request it.
When searching for books and other materials in a catalog, try searching by keyword, author, or title. You may also search by Library of Congress subject headings. To locate appropriate subject headings, do a keyword search and then browse records. Helpful subject headings include:
Conservatism United States History Sources
Conservatism United States History 20th Century
Conservatism United States History 21st Century
Elections United States History 20th Century
Elections United States History 21st Century
Republican Party U.S.: 1854-
Right and Left Political Science History 20th Century
Right and Left Political Science History 21st Century
United States Politics and Government 1945-1989
United States Politics and Government 1989-
For a list of helpful reference materials held by the Davidson College Library, click here.
Use the Library’s online indexes and databases to find articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. Depending on your research interest, you may wish to search in Sociology, Anthropology, History, Political Science, or Government databases. Here are some suggested databases:
- Anthropology Plus
(Late 19th century to the present) Includes citations to journal articles, reports, edited works, and commentaries in the fields of biological, cultural, linguistic, physical, and social anthropology as well as archaeology, ethnology, folklore, and material culture. Combines Anthropological Literature and Anthropological Index from the Royal Anthropological Institute in London.
- ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
(1987 to present) Indexes articles on topics related to health, economics, education, psychology, race relations, social services, and sociology. International in scope.
- Social Sciences Abstracts Full Text
(1907 to present) Indexes articles in over 500 English-language periodicals in the fields of anthropology,
communication, corrections, economics, environmental studies, ethics, gender studies, geography, international relations, law, political science, psychology, sociology, and related subjects. Includes the full text of selected articles from 1995 to the present.
- Sociological Abstracts
(1963 to present) Provides indexing and abstracting for articles in 1,500 journals and serial publications in the fields of sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Also provides coverage of reviews, monographs, and conference reports in these areas.
- Historical Abstracts and America: History & Life
(Time period covered: 1450 to present [world history]; prehistory to present [U.S. and Canadian history]. Publication coverage: 1954 to present). Indexes journal articles, books chapters, doctoral dissertations, and book reviews. Combines the following two databases, which can also be searched separately: America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts.
- CQ Electronic Library
Provides background information, current and historical coverage, and statistical data related to U.S. government, legislative history, politics, public policy, and current affairs.
- LexisNexis Congressional
Indexes congressional documents (1789 to present) and provides the full text of many recent congressional publications. Includes the full text of congressional testimony and transcripts of hearings (1988 to present), committee reports (1989 to present), bill tracking (1989 to present), selected committee prints (1995 to present), public laws (1988 to present), biographical information, voting records (1988 to present), and the text of the Congressional Record (1985 to present), Roll Call (1989 to present), the Federal Register (1980 to present), and the current Code of Federal Regulations, among other documents.
- National Journal Group’s Policy Central
Provides access to online versions of the National Journal Group’s political magazines as well as a collection of resources on U.S. political and public policy issues. Includes the full text of The National Journal (1977 to present) and The Almanac of American Politics (1998 to present) as well as an up-to-date coverage of U.S. government activities and policies through Congress Daily (updated twice daily), The Hotline (updated daily), which highlights media coverage of political affairs, Technology Daily (updated twice daily), Markup Reports for every Congressional committee and subcommittee, Ad Spotlight, which tracks political campaign television advertisements, and Daybook, which provides a daily calendar of Capital Hill events and activities. Also includes Poll Track, a collection of local and national public opinion surveys.
- PAIS International
(1915 to present) Contains citations, with brief abstracts, to articles in over 800 English-language journals in public affairs. Also indexes government documents, pamphlets, directories, agency reports, and some books. Covers government, public administration, public policy, court decisions, political science, and international relations.
- Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
(c. 1935 to present) A collection of U.S. public opinion data. Includes iPoll, a database of 500,000 questions and answers from surveys conducted by over 150 commercial and media survey organizations, including the Gallup Organization, Harris Interactive, Pew Research Associates, and more, and RoperExpress, a collection of data sets for bivariate and multivariate analyses.
- Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
From the Library of Congress. Provides the full text of major legislation, including bills (1989/90 to present), public laws (1973 to present), the Annals of Congress, Congressional Record and Congressional Record Index (1989/90 to present), roll call votes, and Congressional Committee Reports (1995/96 to present). Also provides bill summary and status information from 1973 to the present and the full text of important historical documents.
- Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
(1975 to present)
Includes citations to articles appearing in over 1,000 political science journals. Covers the fields of comparative politics, economic policy, international relations, and political economy, among others. International in scope.
Newspapers and Magazines
- LexisNexis Academic
(c. 1980 to present) Provides the full text of articles from local, national, and international newspapers, magazines, and trade journals as well as newswires, business information, patents, legal documents, blogs, and transcripts of radio and television broadcasts.
- Reader’s Guide Abstracts
(1890 to present) Indexes articles in over 300 popular magazines published in the United States. Covers a wide variety of subjects, including art, business, education, food, foreign affairs, political science, religion, science, sports, and health and nutrition. Also indexes book and film reviews.
- Essay and General Literature Index
(1900 to present) Indexes essays published in books and edited collections. Covers the fields of art, economics, education, history, law, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, political science, and religion, among others. Particularly strong in the humanities and social sciences.
- Humanities Abstracts Full Text & Humanities Index Retrospective
(1907 to present) Indexes articles in over 500 English-language periodicals in the fields of archaeology, art, classics, communication, film, folklore, history, languages and literatures, music, philosophy, religion, and theatre. Also includes citations for book, theatre, and film reviews as well as interviews, obituaries, and some original creative works. Includes the full text of selected articles from 1995 to the present.
A searchable archive of the back issues of major scholarly journals.
- OmniFile Full Text Mega
(1982 to present) Indexes articles from over 3,000 scholarly and popular periodicals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences; also includes the full text of selected articles from over 1,650 of these periodicals.
- Project Muse
(c. mid-1990s to present) A searchable collection of full-text articles from journals published by university and scholarly presses.
- Web of Knowledge
(c. 1900 to present) A multidisciplinary resource that provides citations to articles in over 10,000 journals in the social sciences, humanities, and sciences.
Getting the Full-Text Copy of an Article
If you’ve found a citation in an online index or database:
Many of our indexes and databases contain full-text copies of the articles they index. Look first for a link to the full-text (either in HTML or PDF).
If the database does not contain a link to the full-text, look for the gray Search for Article button in the online citation. This button will lead you to the Davidson Library Catalog, which will display the holdings for the journal. Using your citation information, check to see if the library owns the appropriate journal and volume number. If it does not, you can request it from Interlibrary Loan.
If you found the citation somewhere else:
Go to the Davidson Library Catalog. Look for the red periodicals button on the right side of the page. Click on that button and enter the first few words of the journal title in the search box. Then, do a Title beginning with search. The library’s holdings for the journal will appear on the page. Using your citation information, check to see if the library owns (in print or electronic form) the volume you need. If the library does not own it, you can request the article from Interlibrary Loan.
Society and Sociology
- The Atlas of American Society. Alice C. Andres and James W. Fonseca. New York: New York Univ. Press, 1995.
Reference R 312 A565a
- Dictionary of the Social Sciences. Ed. Craig Calhoun. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2002.
Reference R 300.3 D554
- Encyclopedia of American Social History. Eds. Mary Kupiec Cayton, Elliott J. Gorn, and Peter W. Williams. 3 vols. New York: Scribner, 1993.
Reference R 301.097 E56
- Encyclopedia of American Social Movements. Ed. Immanuel Ness. 4 vols. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference, 2004
Reference R 303.484 E56
- Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World. Eds. Karen Christensen and David Levinson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2003.
- Encyclopedia of Religion. Ed. Lindsay Jones. 2nd ed. 15 vols. Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2005.
Reference R 203 E562 2005
- Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Ed. George Ritzer. 2 vols. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005.
Reference R 301.01 E56
- Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ed. Edgar F. Borgatta. 2nd ed. 5 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2000.
Reference R 301.03 E561 2000
- International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Eds. Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Bates. 26 vols. New York: Elsevier, 2001.
Reference R 300.3 I611
- New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Ed. Maryanne Cline Horowitz. 6 vols. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005.
Reference R 901.9 D554 2005
- Polling America: An Encyclopedia of Public Opinion. Eds. Samuel J. Best and Benjamin Radcliff. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005.
Reference R 303.08
- Social Movement Theory and Research: An Annotated Bibliographical Guide. Roberta Garner and John Tenuto. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1997.
Reference R 016.3 G234s
Politics and History
- Almanac of American Politics. Washington, DC: National Journal, 1972- .
Reference R 328.73 A445
- Atlas of American Politics 1960-2000. J. Clarke Archer. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2002.
Reference R 320.973 A881
- The Conservative Press in Twentieth-Century America. Ed. Ronald Lora and William Henry Longton. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.
Reference R 070.4 C755
- Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. 3rd ed. 10 vols. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003.
Reference R 973 D554 2003
- The Encyclopedia of American Political History. Eds. Paul Finkelman and Peter Wallenstein. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2001.
Reference R 973.03 E563
- Encyclopedia of Interest Groups and Lobbyists in the United States. Immanuel Ness. 2 vols. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2000.
Reference R 324.4 N463e
- Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups. Stephen E. Atkins. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.
Reference R 320.5 A873e
- Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right. Ed. Rodney P. Carlisle. 2 vols. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005.
Reference R 320.03 E561
- Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. Eds. Leonard W. Levy and Kenneth L. Karst. 2nd ed. 6 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2000.
Reference R 342.73 E56 2000
- Encyclopedia of the American Left. Eds. Mari Jo Buhle, Paul Buhle, and Dan Georgakas. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1998.
Reference R 335 E56 1998
- Encyclopedia of Leadership. Eds. George R. Goethals, Georgia J. Sorenson, and James MacGregor Burns. 4 vols. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2004.
- Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century. Ed. Stanley Kutler. 5 vols. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1996.
Reference R 973.03 E562
- Encyclopedia of Third Parties in America. Eds. Immanuel Ness and James Ciment. 3 vols. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference, 2000.
Reference R 324.27 E561
- From Suffrage to the Senate: An Encyclopedia of American Women in Politics. Suzanne O’Dea Schenken. 2 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1999.
Reference R 320.03 S324f
- The Hutchinson Dictionary of American History.Abingdon: Helicon Pub., 2005.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States. U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics, and Statistics Administration, Bureau of the Census. Lanham, MD: Bernan Press, 1992 -.
Note: Most current edition is held at the Reference Desk.
Reference R 317.3 U54
- A Statistical History of the American Electorate. Jerrold G. Rusk. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2001.
Reference R 324.973 956s