Finding Scholarly Policy Materials via e-Resources

General Multidisciplinary

  • Academic Search Premier: a well-calibrated mix of scholarly journal articles, magazines and some major news publications, this database often makes an excellent launching pad for research. For advanced and in-depth research, you should also search one or more of the subject databases listed below.

Political Science and Public Policy

  • CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online): designed to be "a comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs," CIAO provides access to a broad range of scholarly materials including working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences, books, journals, and policy briefs. At least 400 working papers, 40-50 papers presented at conferences, and 10-12 complete books are added, cross-indexed, and archived annually. CIAO also has more than 160 links to international affairs centers, institutes, and resources; U.S., international, and foreign government sites; environmental studies Web pages; and news media services. Coverage is from 1991 forward.
  • Historical Abstracts: considered the leading bibliography for citations and abstracts of scholarship in history and related fields. Excludes the U.S. and Canada, as these regions are covered in a companion database, America: History and Life.
  • PAIS International (Public Affairs Information System): provides citations and abstracts of publications on the full range of political, social, and public policy issues and on any topics that are or might become the subject of legislation. More than 1,600 journals and over 8,000 book are indexed each year. Coverage dates back to 1935.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts: provides citations and abstracts to journal literature in political science and such related fields as political theory, political sociology, international relations, economics, law, and public policy. Coverage begins in 1975.


  • HeinOnline: a massive collection of digitized legal materials, organized into sub-libraries. Among the kinds of documents HeinOnline makes available are law reviews, court cases, foreign, international, UN, and European law, FRUS (Foreign Relations of the United States), Congressional publications, and more.
  • LegalTrac: provides access to the contents of nearly 1000 legal periodicals, including academic law journals, bar association publications, and legal newspapers. Law-related articles from business and general interest periodicals are also represented. LegalTrac covers English-language publications from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the U.K. Coverage varies by title, but generally begins about 1980.

Security Studies

  • Homeland Security Digital Library: provides easy access to U.S. policy documents, presidential directives, and national strategy documents, Specialized resources, such as dissertations, reports and position papers from universities, research institutions, think tanks and U.S. local and state agencies are included. 
  • International Relations Security Network (ISN): produced at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), ISN aims to be the "world’s foremost open access knowledge repository in international affairs." Materials are searchable by keyword and browsable by region and subject.
  • Jane's Defence Magazines Library: full-text access to the following titles: Defence Industry, Defence weekly, Foreign Report, International Defence Review, Intelligence Digest, Intelligence Review, Islamic Affairs Analyst, Missiles and Rockets, Navy International, and Terrorism and Security Monitor. Coverage is from 1984 forward.

Regional: Africa

  • Africa-Wide: this massive e-resource combines the content of some 17 separate databases focused on the continent, thus making it a single source for scholarship on all aspects of Africa and African studies from around the world. Coverage is from the 16th century forward.

Regional: Asian countries

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies: a database that draws its content from the 100 most important English language journals on East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Coverage is from 1971 forward.


Regional: Latin America

  • Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS): published continuously since 1935 and now produced by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the Handbook is an essential resource for locating current and historical research and scholarship on the continent. The content is drawn from more 1300 humanities and social sciences journals, in addition to books, conference papers, and other relevant documents.
  • Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI): a major e-resource for tracking down research and scholarship on Central and South America, Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. From analyses of current political, economic, and social issues to unique coverage of Latin American arts and letters, HAPI Online contains complete bibliographic citations to articles, book reviews (through 2001), documents, original literary works, and other materials appearing in more than 600 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world. The database is searchable in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Coverage extends back to 1970.
  • Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents: contains information culled from 950 periodicals published in Latin America. Items that are not available through the Harvard library can be ordered at no cost to you through interlibrary loan. Coverage varies by title, but in most cases, begins about 1985.

Regional: Middle Eastern and Islamic countries

  • Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (MECAS): compiles and makes searchable the published research, policy literature, and scholarly discourse on the countries and peoples of the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa. The database also contains citations to radical literature, theses and dissertations, bulletins, internet documents and other "grey" literature. Coverage extends back to 1900 for some titles.
  • Index Islamicus: produced by the Islamic Bibliography Unit at Cambridge University Library, Index Islamic provides citations and is a bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world. Index Islamicus provides access to over 2,000 journals. It also covers conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works, and book reviews.
  • Rambi: Index of Articles on Jewish Studies: a database on all aspects of Jewish studies, compiled from thousands of periodicals and from collections of articles - in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages- mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library, a world center for research on the Jewish people and Eretz Israel. Coverage is from 1966 forward.


Regional: Russia, CIS, and Slavic countries

  • ABSEES (American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies): produced by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ABSEES is a major resource for current and recent scholarship on East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union and on a variety of subjects. Coverage varies by title but generally, dates back to 1989.
  • Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies: covers material in the humanities and social sciences published in the Commonwealth of Independent States, in Eastern European countries, and elsewhere, including periodicals, books, and manuscripts. Coverage is from 1980 forward.

Social Sciences

  • SSRN (Social Science Research Network): an open access repository of new scholarship in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, legal scholarship, management, marketing, negotiations and social insurance. Much of it is in pre-print form (conference papers and yet unpublished studies). National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) papers are also deposited here.