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Academic Search Complete
Multi-disciplinary full-text database, which includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities.  Thanks to MeL. 

Legal Source
Authoritative database for current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.  Thanks to MeL.

Political Science Complete
Includes both a national and international perspective of political science topics, drawing from scholarly, professional and peer-reviewed sources, and offering considerable full-text content.  Thanks to MeL.

Political Science: SAGE Full Text
Full-text of 29 journals covering general political science topics, American government and politics, political sociology, comparative politics, policy studies, political communication, peace / conflict studies, presidential studies, political theory and philosophy, international relations, and area studies. How to export to RefWorks

JSTOR Full text of core scholarly journals from their beginning to approximately one year ago. Disciplines include botany, business, ecology, general science, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and statistics. Browsable by discipline and full-text searchable across all disciplines. Especially good for historic or classic articles in most fields. Coverage: 1665 to present. How to export to RefWorks

Project MUSE
Project Muse provides full-text access to the content from over 400 scholarly journals in the humanities and the social sciences. How to export to RefWorks

Science Direct Full-text journals published by Elsevier; coverage is generally from 1995-present. How to export to RefWorks

Social Sciences Full Text Includes full-text articles from over 300 journals, covering concepts, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences: 1983 - present.

Web of Science/Science Citation Index Web of Science provides access to Science Citation Index (SCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI). These indexes contain references that have been cited in other articles. You can use these citations to perform cited reference searches (locate articles that cite an earlier publication). How to export to RefWorks
eBooks & eReference
ACLS Humanities eBook Collection
An online collection of almost 2,800 titles in art, history, literary criticism, philosophy, political science, area studies and more.

Credo Reference
Contains more than 500 full-text reference titles (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.) covering most subject areas.

Ebsco eBooks Collection
Major eBook platform that provides access to multidisciplinary topics from numerous publishers.

Proquest eBook Central
One of Kresge Library's primary platforms for eBooks. Includes books from a variety of publishers in many disciplines.

Sage Knowledge
Collection of encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and more, covering topics in the social sciences.

Springer eBook Collection
Multidisciplinary collection of eBooks published by Springer-Verlag since 2005. Especially strong coverage of the physical and biological sciences, computer science, engineering and technology.


Factiva is a premier business and general reference resource with a broad collection of sources that reach across disciplines from business and current events to communications and technology, politics, foreign policy, and more. Factiva.com combines more than 28,000 sources to give users access to premium content from 159 countries in 22 languages.

New York Times Historical
Offers full-text, full-image articles of The New York Times, going back to 1851. The database can be used to search national and international news, editorials, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, plus historical photos and advertisements. The documents are downloadable in PDF format. How to export to RefWorks

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Audiovisual Library of International Law The Audiovisual Library is a unique, multimedia resource providing high quality international law information and research materials.

The Living Room Candidate  Contains more than 300 commercials, from every presidential election since 1952,

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Data and Statistics

Census: Federal

Census & Other Statistical Data: Michigan
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Other Searchable Data Sets
iPoll iPoll is a comprehensive database of 500,000 questions and answers asked in the US since 1935. Also included is the Roper Center public opinion data which is the largest archives of public opinion information. Coverage: Data sets.

ICPSR Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is the world's largest collection of digital social science data. These data can be used for secondary research, instructional activities, and to write articles, papers or theses.

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