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CQ Press Library

Created and hosted by CQ Press, the CQ Press Electronic Library (CQEL) is the definitive reference resource for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. A wealth of CQ Press resources and years of journalistic and editorial expertise are combined in this indispensable reference collection. These reference products offer researchers—whether students, scholars, professionals, or interested citizens—a range of tools for discovering and understanding CQ Press's authoritative content.

With CQEL, users

  1. may be confident of quality—all content is produced and vetted by scholars, seasoned journalists, and CQ Press editors;
  2. find content and tools to support the entire research process, from identifying a topic, to researching a variety of sources, to developing a bibliography for further research;
  3. access a combination of full-text and analytical database resources, offering an array of data and documents—nineteen different content types in all;
  4. benefit from the balance and judgment of an independent, non-partisan publisher.

Comprising fifteen unique modules but tied by a common platform, CQEL is truly greater than the sum of its parts. The suite includes the online version of the award-winning CQ Researcher, the choice of librarians and researchers for more than eighty years. Also available are four subject-specific reference databases: CQ Press Congress Collection, CQ Press Supreme Court Collection, CQ Press Public Affairs Collection, and CQ Press Voting and Elections Collection, each a destination of its own. With enhanced content and advanced search functionality, CQEL offers online editions of eight essential reference books: California Political Almanac, Congress and the Nation, the Historic Documents series, Political Handbook of the World, Politics in America, Supreme Court Yearbook, Vital Statistics on American Politics, and the Washington Information Directory. CQEL also includes the foundational reference resource, CQ Press Encyclopedia of American Government; and an online version of CQ Weekly, offering complete coverage of Capitol Hill.


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September 13, 2010


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