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U.S. Foreign Policy

This is just a small listing of tools you can use in your research. If you are not finding the resources you need for the assignments in this class, please feel free to contact me for assistance.

Selected Free Websites

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The Almanac of Policy Issues provides comprehensive background information and links on major U.S. public policy issues. This section focuses on foreign affairs and and national security issues.

For two decades, the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) has played an essential role in the U.S. foreign policy debate. AFPC is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States. AFPC is widely recognized as a source of timely, insightful analysis on issues of foreign policy, and works closely with members of Congress, the Executive Branch and the policymaking community. It is staffed by noted specialists in foreign and defense policy, and serves as a valuable resource to officials in the highest levels of government.

The Center for Defense Information (CDI) is dedicated to strengthening security through: international cooperation; reduced reliance on unilateral military power to resolve conflict; reduced reliance on nuclear weapons; a transformed and reformed military establishment; and, prudent oversight of, and spending on, defense programs.

CDI seeks to contribute alternative views on security to promote wide-ranging discourse and debate. CDI educates the public and informs policy-makers about issues of security policy, strategy, operations, weapon systems and defense budgeting, and pursues creative solutions to the problems of today and tomorrow.

CDI is part of the World Security Institute.


The Congressional Research Service (CRS) does not provide direct public access to its reports, requiring citizens to request them from their Member of Congress. Some Members, as well as several non-profit groups, have posted the reports on their Web sites. This site aims to provide integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different Web sites since 1990.
The State Department offers primarily foreign-policy related CRS reports (1999-present) on this website: http://fpc.state.gov/c4763.htm

This directory from the LSU Libraries allows users to search by keyword or to locate an agency by browsing the structure of the federal government. All three branches of the federal government are represented.

The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. The FPA provides independent publications, programs and forums to increase public awareness of, and foster popular participation in, matters relating to those policy issues.

Foreign Policy In Focus (FPIF) is a think tank for research, analysis, and action that brings together scholars, advocates, and activists who strive to make the United States a more responsible global partner. FPIF provides timely analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and recommends policy alternatives.

Librarians' Index to the Internet provides a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected Internet resources. Covers a broad range of subjects. Has both a topical directory arrangement and search capabilities.

The Library of Congress hosts this site for congressional material. The legislative material goes back to at least 1989 with Public Laws available from 1973 to the present. Thomas also hosts the Congressional Record from 1989 to the present. Schedules for both houses of Congress are available as well.

This is the U.S. government's official portal to federal and state information online. It offers a subject directory as well as a search engine that will search federal, state, or a particular state' s web sites.

Kent State University Resources

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CQ Researcher (1923 - Current)
Offers a balanced overview of contemporary political and social issues. Each report includes background information, both sides of the debate surrounding the issue, and suggested resources to consult for further information.

CQ Weekly (1983 - Current)
This weekly publication from Congressional Quarterly (CQ) offers expert coverage of the U.S. Congress, including status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity, backroom maneuvering, and more.

ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional)
Brings together a vast amount of information published by and about Congress including bills, laws, regulations, hearings, and committee reports to name only a few. Many of the documents are available full text. Update and coverage varies with section.

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CQ Weekly (1983 - Current)
This weekly publication from Congressional Quarterly (CQ) offers expert coverage of the U.S. Congress, including status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity, backroom maneuvering, and more.

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Academic Search Complete
Indexes numerous titles in political science and related fields. Many of the articles are available full-text.

Congressional Research Service Reports (2004 - Current)
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides members of Congress, committees, and congressional staff with nonpartisan and objective research and analysis on all public policy issues. This tool provides keyword access and full-text to CRS reports produced since 2004.

CQ Historic Documents Series Online (1972 - Current)
Includes the full-text of each of the annual volumes of the CQ Historic Documents set. The volume for each year includes approximately one hundred documents covering the most significant events of that year. These documents range from presidential speeches, international agreements, and Supreme Court decisions to U.S. governmental reports, scientific findings, and cultural discussions.

Declassified Documents Reference System, U.S.
Provides access to over 500,000 pages of previously classified government documents. Covers events from the Cold War to the Viet Nam war and later. Valuable material for researching international relations, American Studies, United State foreign and domestic policy studies, journalism, and more.

LexisNexis Academic
Use this resource to find federal and state case law and legislative materials, law reviews, transcripts from the major news services, and the full-text of newspapers for the past 20 years. For information about Countries, click Business and use the Country Analysis link -- this section includes the PRS Group Country Reports which provide information about a country's political, economic, demographic and social structures. Updates and coverage vary with section.

PAIS (1972 - Current)
Use this resource to find articles which focus on public policy and the economic aspects of political science.

Polling the Nations
Use this resource to learn the responses to 400,000 questions from 14,000 surveys/public opinion polls conducted from 1986-present in the U.S. and 80 other countries. Topics of questions asked include political opinion. Information provided includes the question, how the poll was conducted, where the poll was conducted and the response percentages.

Readers' Guide Full Text (1890 - Current)
Reader's Guide covers general-interest periodicals published in the United States. Full text is provided for 215 magazines back to 1994; indexing or abstracts available for 360 magazines back to 1890.

This is the U.S. government's official portal to federal and state information online. It offers a subject directory as well as a search engine that will search federal, state, or a particular state' s web sites.

Finding Books and Government Documents

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KentLINK is the library catalog for all 8 campuses of the University. It identifies what books, journals, government publications, and media (computer files, films, CDs, etc.) are owned and indicates their availability.

The OhioLINK Library Catalog is the database of all books and other materials owned by the 85 public and private colleges and universities that are OhioLINK member libraries. For any item not available at KSU, it is possible to request the item online and have it sent to any KSU library or another OhioLINK institution for pick up.

WorldCat
Contains records to over 100 million items in most (if not all) subject areas. Materials may include books, computer data files and programs, films, journal and magazine titles, newspapers, manuscripts, musical scores, and more. Not included are individual articles, stories, or book chapters. Updated daily.