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Political Science *: United States Government

Below are links to databases and scholarly web sites that support the study of political science and its related sub-disciplines.

Resource Guides and Directories

General Resources

  • CQ Press Political Reference Suite -- full-text database of directories, encyclopedias, handbooks, compendia, yearbooks, etc. from dating back to 1945 to the most current edition covering all aspects of American federal government.
  • FOIA Mapper -- an independent website that aggregates and displays FOIA information visually. The site collects data from government websites and databases and organizes them into a searchable catalog. Researchers can search FOIA Mapper by keyword that returns a list of what information exists, which government agency stores the information, the format that is stored in, and provides instructions about making FOIA requests. When searching by agency, you can see FOIA Logs, which are record keeping systems to track FOIA requests within an agency. For each sub-agency, you can see agency request logs, statistics about wait time, denials, and backlogs of FOIA requests.
  • Government's Attic -- provides electronic copies of hundreds of interesting Federal Government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, including historical documents, reports on items in the news, and various oddities.
  • MetaLib -- a federated searching tool that retrieves reports, articles, and citations by simultaneously searching across fifty-three federal government databases.
  • Policy Agendas Project -- website devoted to collecting and organizing data from various archived sources to trace changes in the national policy agenda and public policy outcomes since the Second World War.
  • Political Advocacy Groups --a list of national organizations that that personally contact, pressure, and/or "educate" Representatives and Senators; conduct and disseminate policy-oriented research; organize grassroots citizen activism; and provide financial resources to Congressional candidates.
  • Regulations.gov -- provides one-stop, public access to information related to current and forthcoming regulations issued by the federal government. Users can streamline search results with date ranges, select specific U.S. government departments or agencies, and view results by docket or file folder.
  • RealClearPolitics -- an independent political web site that culls together and publishes the commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources from all points of the political compass and covering all the important issues of the day.
  • The United States Government Manual -- provides includes leadership tables and describes agency activities and programs of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of Government, as well as activities and programs of quasi-official agencies and international organizations in which the United States participates as a member.
  • USAFacts -- a non-profit open access site that gathers and makes searchable official statistical data from more than seventy federal government agencies, all fifty state governments, 39,000 county, municipal, and town governments, and 51,000 special district agencies [e.g., water, fire, school].

Descriptions of resources are adapted or quoted from vendor websites.