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History and Political Science

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Online Catalog

WorldCat [Global Library Holdings] or Open WorldCat [Regional Library Holdings]


  • Use the Online Catalog to locate materials owned by Salem and our NC PALS consortium partners (Bennett, Greensboro, & Guilford College libraries). 
  • Use WorldCat to identify publications owned by libraries around the world - and Interlibrary Loan services to borrow books from these libraries.
  • Try to limit your search to the author, title, or key phrases...
  EXAMPLES:   Author (last name, first name): Masterson, Daniel M.
 Title: The Japanese in Latin America
 Keyword: Immigrants Latin America History

Reference materials: almanacs, encyclopedias, and other informational guides relevant to research in History and Political Science. Please note that this is just a sampling - there are many others located in the same sections as the ones listed below.

History Sources

Reference Source

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EBSCO eBookCollection

Search and browse reference resources including encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, thesauri and more.

Notable Women in American History

ref  CT  3260  .A27  1999

Post War: A History of Europe Since 1945

ref  D  1051  .J84  2005

Dictionary of American History 6 vols.

ref  E  174  .D52  2003  v.1

Black Women in America 3 vols.

ref  E  185.86  .B542  2005

Encyclopedia of the Confederacy 4 vols.

ref  E  487  .E55  1993

The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas 3 vols.

ref  E  77  .N62  1996

Historic Documents (1975-2006)

ref  E  839.5  H57

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture 5 vols.

ref  F  1406  .E53  1996

International Encyclopedia of Women's Suffrage

ref  JF  851  .H28  2000

Political Science Sources

Reference Source

Call Number

EBSCO eBookCollection

Search and browse reference resources including encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, thesauri and more.

Political Handbook of the World 2005-2006

ref  JF  37  .P6  2005-06

Encyclopedia of American Immigration 4 vols.

ref  JV  6465  .E53  2000

Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations 4 vols.

ref  JZ  1160  .N65  2002

Deskbook Encyclopedia of American School Law

ref  KF  4114  .D46  2002

Congress and the Nation 11 vols.

ref  KF  49  .C653 

Guide to U.S. Supreme Court 2 vols.

ref  KF  8742  .W567  2004


FIND ARTICLES (General)...


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Academic Search Complete

Magazines and journals on many subjects, includes peer-reviewed and scholarly works.  

* America: History and Life

Index to articles, dissertations, and books about American history and culture. 

Art & Architecture Complete
Full-text coverage of 380 periodicals and more than 220 books; indexing and abstracts for more than 780 academic journals, magazines and trade publications; and an Image Collection of over 63,000 images

Biography Reference Center
offers a comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies
C Q Researcher Online

Comprehensive, non-biased reporting and analysis on issues shaping our world.

Directory of Open Access Journals
"Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals" - see: HISTORY and POLITICAL SCIENCE

Environment Complete
Journals on topics including agriculture, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, urban planning, and more.
Historic Events of the 20th Century

This resource invites the reader to discover how events of the past have shaped and influence today's events.


Full-text articles in over 375 core academic journals with backfiles lacking only the most recent 3 -5 years.

LEXIS NEXIS Academic Universe
Index to articles, with full text, in hundreds of news, business, legal, medical, and general reference resources.

Literary Reference Center Plus
Detailed information on the most studied authors and their works - from antiquity to present day.

Military & Government Collection

Offers current news pertaining to all branches of the military, and a thorough collection of military titles, &  publications.

New York Times (Historical)

Full page and article images with searchable full-text from 1851 - 2003. (Click here for more recent articles.)

Points of View Reference Center
 Full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.
Project Muse

Full-text scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.

ProQuest Research Library

Information from newspapers and periodicals on a wide range of topics, including business, humanities, health, and sciences.


Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study.

United Nations Common Database Statistics from all the countries of the world 
First Search databases include:  
     Legal Periodicals  
International legal information covering all areas of jurisprudence
Database chronicling global public policy and social issues
     SIRSResearcher     Social, scientific, economic, and political issues worldwide
Index of articles on the social sciences


FIND ARTICLES (United States History & Politics)...

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* America: History and Life

Index to articles, dissertations, and books about American history and culture. 

America's Historical Newspapers 1690-1876

This database is a rapidly growing collection of digitized newspapers printed in colonial and early America. 

American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography

A collection of the life histories of former slaves in the United States compiled through nearly 4,000 interviews with ex-slaves.

C Q Weekly

Coverage of the U.S. Congress: bills, votes, amendments, committees, etc. 

Bills from the NC General  Assembly Links for Bill Look-Up and Full Text Search of bills from 1997 to present; and much more legislative information

Legal Information Reference Center
contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms.
 Legislative Directory Includes links for finding representatives to the NC and U.S. Congress, maps of precincts and a history of districts

North Carolina Periodicals Index

An index to state periodicals including Our State, North Carolina Literary Review, and the North Carolina Architecture. 

Sanborn Maps for North Carolina

Provides digital access to maps of NC towns and cities. Users can easily manipulate and compare maps from different years. 


Additional Web Sites

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African American History               

Links to websites on African American History, hosted by the Univeristy of Washington Libraries
American Attitudes

Results of polls and focus groups offer a wealth of insight into American public attitudes on global affairs 

American Journeys
Contains digital page images from more than 150 early North American travel narratives. 

American President: An Online Reference Resource

Useful gateway to scholarly information about American presidents.
American Women's History: A Research Guide

A site that provides subject listings divided by ethnicity, time period, and cultural topic. 

Background Notes

(US  Department of State) -- information on countries worldwide 

Best of History Web Sites

Portal for web sites (prehistory - 20th century). Includes links for K-12 lesson plans and activities 

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Analysis of current and emerging global issues

Documenting the American South (DocSouth)

Digital collections of primary sources for the study of southern history, literature, and culture from UNC-Chapel Hill
History Matters

Gateway to US history web sites; includes a section on the effective use of primary sources 

Institute of Historical Research

An international research/information center whose mission is to support the study of (primarily) British history.
Intergovernmental Organizations (IGO) Search

International Affairs Resources

The IGO Search searches across hundreds of IGO websites, enabling users to research topics such as human rights, development, environment, education, HIV/AIDS and health from IGOs like the United Nations, World Bank, UN Development Program (UNDP), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), European Union, Organization of American States, the Asian Development Bank and many others.


Over 2,400 annotated links; categories include media sources, organizations, topics, regions and countries 

Internet History Sourcebook Project

Collections of historical texts for ancient, medieval and modern history 

Internet Resources in History

Links for history, social science, political science, international studies, and government sites 

Making of America

A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. 

Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Search


The NGO search indexes local, regional and international NGOs from sources as diverse as AARP, Earth Watch Institute, International Crisis Group, OXFAM, the World Agricultural Forum. Sites were chosen based on their consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and also collated from University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, Duke University Libraries' NGO Research Guide, and the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO).

The Orb: On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies 

Political Resources on the Net

List of sites sorted by country, with links to parties, organizations, government, media.
Political Science Resources

Gateway to significant resources relevant to the study of politics and government, hosted by Richard Kimber (Univ. of Keele, UK)

Public Agenda Online

An excellent site for information about public policy issues 

Repositories of Primary Sources
Geographically organized listings of more than 5000 archival collections containing primary source materials
Supreme Court Decisions Archive of opinions issued since May, 1990.  Also includes some 500 of the most important historic decisions 
THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet

Includes bill summaries, Public Laws and major legislation, text and index to the Congressional Record; links to other sites.

Web Site for the History Profession

Links for organizations and institutions, teaching and research sources, and online publications

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Associations and Organizations