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POLS 4510: Public Opinion and American Democracy : Home

Public Opinion

Survey Data

iPoll (Roper Center) : downloadable U.S. opinion polls on major issues, politics, and society, which aggregates survey data from 1935 to the present.

ICPSR :  One of the world's largest archives of social, political, and economic data. Access to most datasets restricted to University of Georgia users

Finding Full Text

If the results has a link that says '.pdf full text' or '.html full text' under it:

Simply click on the link and you will have access to the article.

If it does NOT have those links:

Click on the  button under the result;

If we have access to article in another database, a link either directly to the article or to the online version of the journal will be provided;

If we don't have access online:

Click on the print link to see if we have the journal in print.

If we don't have a subscription:

Click on the InterLibrary Loan link and we will get the article for you (normally within 24 hours).

Literature Search

All research is grounded in research done in the past by other academics.  They write up their results in scholarly articles desiminated to the academic community.  It is essential to read all the related research, and cite it in your papers to give your conclusions and assessment validity.

These are the two largest databases in political science and public policy.

Political Science Complete: Citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields.

Public Affairs Index: Index to articles on national and international public policy.

PDF Scans, GIL Express, and InterLibrary Loan


You can request pdf scans of book chapters and print articles which already reside in our collection.  Fill out this form.


You can request ebooks be purchased by the UGA Libraries for use for this research paper. Fill out this form.  If we can get an ebook, we normally can turn on access within a business week.


You can borrow book from all 32 University System of Georgia institutions through a service called GIL Express.  

First, search the GIL Catalog and find the book you want.  Make sure you choose University System of Georgia from the dropdown menu.  Click on the link to the catalog record of the book.

Second, if another university has the book, and it is not checked out, click on My Account at the top of the page to log in with your MyID and password.

After you log in, you will be able to click on the Request link.  The book should arrive at the Library within four business days.


If the book you need is not owned by UGA or another USG institution, you can then place an ILLiad request, and we will borrow it from outside of the public university system.  This takes longer, so be prepared to wait from two weeks to a month to get a book.

ILL will also get articles for you if we do not possess a print or electronic copy.  They normally can email you a pdf within one business day.

Your Librarian

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Elizabeth White
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