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An international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community. ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields. ICPSR collaborates with a number of funders, including U.S. statistical agencies and foundations, to create thematic data collections and data stewardship and research projects. You must create a personal account to get access to the datasets. ICPSR IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO THE GONZAGA COMMUNITY
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Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century offers researchers a diverse range of content including campaign materials, periodicals, propaganda, government records, oral histories, and various ephemera that allow researchers to explore a wide variety of fringe political movements in new and innovative ways.
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Supreme Court Insight, 1975-2016, is a complete online collection of full opinions from Supreme Court argued cases, including per curiam decisions, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices and amicus briefs. Content associated with each case is compiled on a dynamic page organized to facilitate understanding of the judicial process, and is also retrievable on a document-by-document basis. This collection covers content through the 2016/2017 term.
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Swank is a video streaming service for feature films that are being used in classes this academic year. The selection of films will vary depending on faculty needs. Titles range from older Hollywood classics, to Hitchcock films and also some newer releases.

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