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Introduction to American Politics - POL AMER 1014 - Holmes  

Library guide to access news about politics, and political magazines. Provides tips on where to search and how to search.
Last Updated: Jul 8, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Topics (CQ Researcher)

  • CQ Researcher (find a topic)
    To find a topic:

    1. Click on "Browse Topics"
    2. Click on "Browse Reports: "By date," by "Issue Tracker," or by "Pro/Con"
    3. Browse "Hot Topics"

Topics (Opposing Viewpoints)

  • Opposing Viewpoints
    to find a topic:

    1. Select Browse Issues in upper left corner of screen
    2. Browse all Issues or select a Category; Select topic and browse range of opinions and arguments

Database Power Searching

  • For more focus and more choices:
    • Use Advanced Search

  • Too many results:
    • Limit your search to Title/Subject/Abstract

  • Get the phrase:
    • Use Quotes
    • (Example: "tea party")

  • Get specific:
    • Use AND
    • (Example: political AND parties AND California)

  • Broaden results:
    • Use OR
    • (Example: financing OR funding)

  • Get variations of words:
    • Use an ASTERISK (*)
    • financ* gets all variations of the word such as: finance, financial, financing, etc.

Find News & Articles Using OneSearch!

Limit Your Results

Find Government Publications Online

Government Publications:

  • Use Google command:
  • Example: "climate change" and


Customized Google Search:

  • Google: Republican Party
    • Note root of URL:
  • Google example: taxes and
  • More focused Google example: intitle:taxes and

Find News with LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic is a great resource for finding news and information on politics.  



To get topics that really focus on your topic - and that are long enough to actually say something - you'll want to try some of the LexisNexis commands below:    


Special LexisNexis Commands (Focus Your Search)

atleast7("tea party")      Articles contain "tea party" at least 7 times

length>700                    Articles are at least 700 words in length

politic!                           Finds - politics, political, politically, politician, etc.


Example of special commands combined together:

atleast6(campaign) and atleast4(finance!) and length>700


Too many results? Try increasing the numbers and/or limit the date:

atleast14(campaign) and atleast9(finance!) and length>1000


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