St. Ignatius

SF Politics and Other Gov Research Sources

This page lists resources that will be helpful for the senior government classes. It will be continually updated as we come across useful sources. 

Helpful Databases(click here for passwords if you need them):

EBSCO (Excellent for biographical information)

JSTOR (Excellent for analysis)

SIRS  (Excellent for social issues & Supreme Court & government related information)


Biography databases

Biography In Context A constantly updated resource of biographies of notable people from around the world.

Great Lives From History A collection of published biographies, primary sources, and articles surrounding historical events in world and US history 


San Francisco - Related

San Francisco Public Library Newspaper Archives (requires login and PW written on board during lesson)

SF Gate's Local News

San Francisco History Center contains a research collection of books, newspapers and magazines, photographs, maps, posters, archives and manuscript collections, and ephemera, documenting all aspects of San Francisco life and history. The Center is also the archives for the City and County of San Francisco.

Bay Area Television Archive -  preserves 6000 hours of newsfilm, documentaries and other TV footage produced in the Bay Area and Northern California from the Twentieth Century.

We have many books in our catalog devoted to San Francisco politics, neighborhoods, and history.


Constitutional Law:

Oyez -a free law project from Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII), Justia, and Chicago-Kent College of Law—is a multimedia archive devoted to making the Supreme Court of the United States accessible to everyone. 

Constitution page from the founding documents at the National Archives 

Library of Congress’s U.S. Constitutional Law resource page provides updates on Congressional action

Congressional Digest is available on EBSCO.


Criminal Justice:

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

American Bar Association Criminal Justice Resources


Social Movements:

National Archives Civil Rights page

Library of Congress Civil Rights Resource Guide provides updates on Congressional action, some related to civil rights

American Bar Association Civil Rights and Social Justice Resources


Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide: This site has the rules for everything you need to know about MLA. It also has a model paper to show you exactly what an MLA formatted paper should look like, including a Works Cited.

We recommend using the tools at OWL or the MLA style guide to format your Works Cited entries because EasyBib and similar tools very often produce erroneous entries.

COME SEE US: Questions? Need help? Please come see us in the library. Helping you learn how to dig deep into information, read it critically, and synthesize it into your own argument gives us great pleasure.