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Political Science Research Guide: Primary Sources

Provides and introduction to key resources used when looking for research materials in the field of Political Science

Primary Sources: Newspapers

Recent History (events in last ten years) Newspaper Databases

  • Canadian Newsstand: Major Dailies
    This full-text database provides indexing to the top Newspapers in Canada.  Among the 18 titles are The Globe and Mail, National Post, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Regina Leader Post, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun and the Winnipeg Free Press.
  • EBCSOhost Newspaper Source Plus
    Collection of Newspapers from around the Globe.  All are Full-Text
  • New York Times
    Provide searching to its complete back archive as well as full-text access to Newspaper articles from 1987-Present and from 1851-1922.

Historical Newspaper Databases: Canada

Historical Newspapers: World

Primary Sources: Parliamentary and Legislature Debates



United States

  • Congressional Record 1994-Present
    Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. GPO Access contains Congressional Record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present. At the back of each daily issue is the "Daily Digest," which summarizes the day's floor and committee activities

Primary Sources: Leadership Debates


  •  CBC Archives
    CBC Archives contain a rich array of historical political events including videos of Leaders Debates during Elections. The archives are searchable and browseable. 

United States of American

Primary Sources: Documents and Public Papers


United States

International Relations

  • Avalon Project
    A collection of primary source documents related to law, history and diplomacy
  • Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS): 1945-Nixon / Ford Administration
    Online books going back to 1945 digitized by State Department. Series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity from 1945-Nixon / Ford Presidencies.  While primary sources end in 1976, there are  entries discussing Foreign Policy issues up until 2000.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS): 1861-1960
    Online books from 1861-1960 digitized by the University of Wisconsin.  The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. The series is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian.
  • American State Papers
    The American State Papers, comprising a total of thirty-eight physical volumes, contain the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838as it relates to Military and International Affairs.


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  Off-Campus Access

If you are a student or faculty member at Brandon University, you can access Newspaper Databases from off campus.

If you are accessing the library's web site from off campus, most links on the library's web site will first take you to the Proxy Authentication Page, where you can log in with your Brandon University username and password. Once you have logged in, you will be taken to the destination of the link. You should only have to log in once per session.

To log in, you will need your Brandon University username and password - the same username and password you use to log into the Brandon University network when you're on campus. If you have not claimed your username and password or you are having trouble logging in with those, you should contact the Brandon University Help Desk (Phone 571-8500 Monday -Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM).

For more information, see the Off-Campus Access Page

S.J. McKee Archives

The S.J. McKee Archives holds a wide range of historical documents related to history in the Westman area of Manitoba. 

Researchers wishing to use its collections can visit it from 1:00-4:30 P.M. Monday-Friday (with the exception of Statuatory Holidays.)