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European Politics (POL 30520)

This page is designed to give a general introduction to some of the resources available to you. As you begin to focus on your own research topic, please feel free to set up an appointment with me for research assistance specific to your needs.

Tools for locating general information about countries

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Europa World
The online version of Europa World Year Book. Provides an excellent overview of countries, including recent history, government structure and statistical information.

Offers demographic information on countries around the world, including description of the country's government, economic development, communications, transportation, population statistics, languages, and ethnic groups.

For more links to webpages with general country information, go to this page

KSU-provided tools for locating articles and news on specific issues

Try these first

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Business Source Complete
Includes Country Reports and Country Profiles from the Economist Intelligence Unit. Either click the publications link at the top of the Business Source Premier screen and then browse for Country Report or Country Profile OR do a keyword search for the name of your country and (country report or country profile).

International Political Science Abstracts (1975 - Current)
The International Political Science Abstracts has provided non-evaluative abstracts of articles in the field of political science since 1951. The articles are published in journals and yearbooks all over the world, including the major political science journals.

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.

LexisNexis Country Profiles
Provides access to full text of reports and news about hundreds of countries, including the business and economic situation of a country, analysis of specific industries within a country, export market reports, potential political, financial and economic risks to business investments and trade, and news about a country. Includes global business content on 190 countries, their industries, and consumer trends.

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

Also recommended

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

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.

Europa World
The online version of Europa World Year Book. Provides an excellent overview of countries, including recent history, government structure and statistical information.

Historical Abstracts (1967 - Current)
Contains references about the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).

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.

Freely Accessible Websites

EuroNews is Europe’s news channel covering world
news from a European perspective in a choice of seven
languages. EuroNews broadcasts simultaneously
in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian
and Spanish.

Europa is the official web site of the European Union (EU). The contents are available in the official language of each EU member nation. Treaties, trade documents, and a variety of official publications are available.

Provides Internet resources on the History of Europe after WWII in all languages. European Integration is here understood as the process of political, economic and cultural integration and co-operation between various European countries in the 20th century - mainly in the period after 1945.

Lists and links to foreign embassies in the nation's capital.

Hundreds of newspapers arranged by region, then country.

Locating additional freely accessible web resources

To find appropriate resources, keep in mind these search tips: if you are searching for a phrase, such as political economy, put it in quotes, i.e., "political economy". If you are looking for scholarly materials, either use the Google Scholar subset of Google OR use one or more of the many research databases Kent State provides for you.

A collection of links to UK and international resources for researching public policy issues. Includes links to BBC News and the European Parliament.