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Politics and Government

This guide is meant to point researchers in the direction of commonly-used politics & government resources available at Illinois State University. There are also descriptions of general search strategies to use those resources.

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This page explains how to find news on congressional information from two of MIlner's datatbases: Proquest Congressional Publications and Nexis Uni. If you need more assistance, please contact me using the information in my profile or reach out to Milner's reference desk.

Congressional News


From the Congressional Publications homepage, click the News & Social Media button at the top of the page.

proquest congressional advanced search page


This will take you to the specific search page. Add keywords to the search box. You can limit results by date by selecting the publication date dropdown menu below the search box. You can also select one or more of the available publications, either from traditional titles or social media.

News and Social Media search page


From the Nexis Uni homepage, click the Advanced Search button directly under the main search box.

nexis uni homepage

On the Advanced search page, select the News tab to ensure you are searching only for news publications. Enter keywords into the search boxes, and select a specific publication date range if desired.

nexis uni advanced search page, highlighting news tab


On the left side of the results page is a lists of limiters to reduce the number of search results. Click the Subjects limiter to see the types of articles that are listed. Click the Select Multiple link within the subject section to view all the available subjects.

search results filters


Select all the subjects that are related to government. For example, "Government & Public Administration" or "International Relations & National Security." This will limit the results just to articles that relate to these topics.

subject filter examples