An online encyclopedia on conspiracy theories. Lists of books, articles and websites are included at the end of each encyclopedia article. May be a useful source for locating references to primary source documents and non-scholarly material. The full text of the encyclopedia is available in EBSCOhost Points of View Reference Center.
Comprehensive, yet concise topic summary articles written by researchers, scholars and other subject matter experts.
To search for e-books in Milne Library, click on the Search tab on the library’s home page. Then select Advanced Search. Then click on Sign in and login using your SUNY Oneonta username and password. Once signed in, select Library Catalog and change Material Type from All items to Books. Enter search terms and click on SEARCH.
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General Databases with Sociology Sources
Locating the full text of the article in electronic form
Full text articles available directly in databases are indicated by HTML Full Text or PDF Full Text. Full text articles available with the wording such as are available in another database. Clicking on the link will connect either to the full text article or the other database.
Requesting an article on interlibrary loan
If you find an article from a periodical that is not available at Milne Library, you can request the article using the library’s interlibrary loan service. Ask a librarian for help.
Finding an article in a specific journal
Government Documents Websites
Search for bills, their status, and legislation from current House and Senate activity back to the 103rd Congress.
Provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.
"A gateway to 47 million pages of government science information."
“Our mission is to create and organize timely, needed government information and services and make them accessible anytime, anywhere, via your channel of choice.”
Newspaper and Magazine Databases
Full text/full image version of The Nation, "a dissenting, independent, trouble-making, idea launching journal of critical opinion". Coverage is from 1865 to the present.
Offers more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790 across all content types.
Includes over 850 full-text U.S. and international newspapers as well as over 800,000 television and radio news transcripts.
Periodical that provides Gallup Poll News Service data and analysis. The periodical is located in the database Business Source Complete.
Polling the Nations is a critically acclaimed online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of more than 700,000 questions and responses from more than 18,000 surveys and 1,700 polling organizations, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.
Polling Data Specific to Conspiracy Theories
Questions 46-54 relate to conspiracy theories
PPP’s conspiracy-theory questions find that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to believe various government-related conspiracy theories.
Additional polling questions regarding conspiracy theory belief in the U.S.
Report on 2019 poll which covers select current conspiracies (Epstein, QANON) with links to full poll results.
Oyez (pronounced OH-yay)—a free law project from Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII), Justia, and Chicago-Kent College of Law—is a multimedia archive devoted to making the Supreme Court of the United States accessible to everyone. It is the most complete and authoritative source for all of the Court’s audio since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. Oyez offers transcript-synchronized and searchable audio, plain-English case summaries, illustrated decision information, and full-text Supreme Court opinions (through Justia). Oyez also provides detailed information on every justice throughout the Court’s history and offers a panoramic tour of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of several justices.
Rand Corporation (https://www.rand.org/)
Southern Poverty Law Center (https://www.splcenter.org/)
Locating primary sources/non-scholarly material using an Internet search engine
To begin a search for non-scholarly information on your topic using Google, Bing or another Internet search engine, use terms such as the words describing the conspiracy theory (e.g. vaccines cause autism, 9/11 cover-up, alien abduction) individual(s) and/or organization(s) who proliferate the conspiracy (e.g. Jenny McCarthy, Andrew Wakefield, Dylan Avery).
Revised: September 15, 2020