POLT 10100 U.S Politics

Political Issues Databases

These guides offer guides to political and social issues, many featuring pro and con viewpoints.
  • CQ Researcher
  • CQ Magazine
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context, providing articles, podcasts, maps, statistics, images, and other resources.
  • Miller Center, an affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history. On the site are policy reports and programs on issue of the public interest.
  • ProCon.org, a nonpartisan citizenship/education organization
  • On The Issues covers topics related to election campaigns
  • Public Agenda : Check out its Understanding the Issues guide

Newspaper Coverage

For newspaper and other news sources: The Big Project (UK) links to current issues of world newspapers in English, some of them have past issues available:

Government Information

The U.S. government's official web portal. This site makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. (Formerly known as FirstGov)

Congressional Branch Executive Branch Census Bureau
  • American FactFinder
    Current population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the US Census Bureau.  Includes the Annual Survey of Manufactures, Economic Census, Current Population Estimates, Business Patterns, and American Community Surveys.  The Guided Search walks you through each step in picking the data and/or geographies you want to download. from the ​U.S. Census Bureau
    Social, demographic and economic information. Includes the American FactFinder resource.
  • American Community Survey Also from the Census Bureau, the ACS provides annual vital information for towns, cities, and even smaller units.
Judicial Branch

Selected Websites

A sampling of some of the more reliable resources:
  • Policy Almanac: a digest of major U.S. public policy news
  • Legistorm: provides financial and other information about members of the US Congress.
  • American Civil Liberties Association: issues, rights, blogs
  • Common Cause: a watchdog group that since 1970 has been advocating for government reform, especially in regard to money in politics, fair voting, and ethics in government.
  • Ballotpedia: a nonpartisan online political encyclopedia from the Lucy Burns Institute that covers American federal, state, and and even local politics, elections, and public policy. Provides background information ranging from poltical biographies to issuses such as state-by-state redistricting procedures.
  • The Brennan Center for Justice: Headquartered at New York University Law School, a non-partisan law and public policy institute that has been involved in involved in issues such as opposing voter ID laws and advocating for redistricting and campaign finance reform.
  • FairVote: an advocate for electoral reform with many resources on its website

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Think Tanks

  • Find Policy
    Provides subject searching of think tank publications, including climate, development, economy, foreign policy, health, and public policy.
  • Think Tank Search & Guide
    Searches hundreds of think tank web sites. Also provides international lists of organizations. From Harvard's Kennedy School Library.

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