Political Science HOME - Subjects

This Social Science Google-Custom Search Engine searches all the Social Science departments at UC Berkeley. The UC Berkeley librarians have targeted 800+ academic, government agency, non-profit, and other web sites that provide high quality, downloadable statistical information and data sets. Emphasis is on data pertaining to the social sciences, health, developing countries, energy, natural resources, and the environment.


Alter Net: Independent coverage of current events with weekly headlines. Links to other independent/alternative news associations.


ASM Journals: Use the High Wire hosted Journals Search Engine to locate full-text articles or abstracts by title or alphabetical link list. Some articles are available online for $25.00 on a pay-per-article basis.


Association of Bay Area Governments: Provides access to all San Francisco Bay Area cities and counties. Also provides pages on local government, planning, environment, contracts, earthquakes, flooding, training, employment, economy, census, telecommunications, pollution prevention, Bay Trails maps, worker's compensation, transit and commerce.


Avalon Project: A major collection of full-text digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. Online documents are available from late B.C. to the 21st century. This digital project is sponsored by Yale University.


Brookings Institution: The scholars of this Institute offer full-text reseach in PDF format for the following diciplines: business, defense, global economics, U.S. economics, education, environment and energy, globabl politics, U.S. politics, science and technology, and social policy.


California Offical Home Page: This official site for the State of California includes the following links to State Government Services: Education and Training, Health and Safety, Business, Consumers and Families, Labor and Employment, Travel and Transportation, History and Culture of California, Environment and Natural Resources.


Congressional Acts: Historical list of Congressional Acts in the U.S. code by popular names. Public law numbers are included for most major acts from the 1800's to the present. This index has been developed by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School.


Documents in the News: This site identifies governmental issues in the news and offers web sources for additional information. The current events research is provided by the University of Michigan. Use this site for Hot Topics in Political Science. Be sure to use the archive links from 2003 through current year for additional topics.


Elections and Voting: This site from by USA.gov provides campaign finance reports, children's resources, and voting district maps. Learn election facts and history, how the electoral college works, and more.


GlobalPost: This is a Internet journalism site devoted exclusively to international news and related content, offering on-site reporting and analysis from throughout the world and especially from geographic areas that have been consistently ignored or underreported by the mainstream news media.


Ibiblio: "Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. ibiblio.org is a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain and The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill."


MetaVid: "MetaVid is a community archive project for public domain US legislative footage. It was started as a thesis project of Michael Dale and Abram Stern under the advisement of Professor Warren Sack. Its continued development is supported by a grant from the sunlight foundation."


Middle East & Islamic Studies: Cornell University Library Collection: Scholarly subject guide to history resources on the Middle-East from ancient to modern times with a special link to current issues. Other online resources are available in Middle-Eastern Literature with special coverage on Arabic, Persian, and Turkish cultures.


NationMaster: "A massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease."


Official Government Web Pages by Country: The Government page of Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources links to all the official government web sites around the world by country.


Political Science: Includes political science-related links in categories such as nationalism, journals and manuscripts, the federal government, presidential elections, executive branch, perspectives from thinktanks, ideology groups, state and local governments, international politics, and parodies, to name a few.


Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues: Use this site to select a controversial topic for argumentative essays using critical thinking skills.


Rand California: Comprehensive Statistics: Full text reports and statistics produced by Rand corporation.


Saban Center for Middle East Policy: "The Iraq Index is a statistical compilation of economic, public opinion, and security data. This resource will provide updated information on various criteria, including crime, telephone and water service, troop fatalities, unemployment, Iraqi security forces, oil production, and coalition troop strength." (Be sure to view the Iraq Index archive as well)


Sice Foreign Trade Information System: "SICE - the Organization of American State's Foreign Trade Information System - centralizes information on trade policy in the Americas. On the SICE Website, you will find the full texts of trade agreements in force for OAS Member States, new and ongoing trade policy developments, information on national trade-related legislation, links to international, regional and national sources of trade policy information and more! SICE, with more than ten years online, strives to provide OAS member states and other users up-to-date and relevant information."


State and Local Government Directory: "The State and Local Government on the Net Directory provides convenient one-stop access to the websites of thousands of state agencies and city and county governments. Only pages that are controlled and managed by state and local government agencies are included." Use the topics link to access quick lists of the websites for all state governments in the United States.

United Nations Common Database (UNCDB): "UNCDB provides selected series from numerous specialized international data sources for all available countries and areas."


United States Department of State: Full-text documents on US foreign policy and worldwide diplomatic relations, including annual reports by the Secretary of State, Colin L. Powell. Many international topics are covered such as terrorism, diseases, and foreign travel.


U.S. Political Issues: The Yahoo! Directory is an excellent web guide for major political topics. The listed categories will help students to select and narrow political subjects for their term papers.


Virtual Reference Desk: A clearinghouse of U.S. Senate information on the Web and guides to resources in libraries and archives.


Worldwide Governments on the WWW: This site, compiled by Gunnar Anzinger, offers a "comprehensive database of governmental institutions on the World Wide Web: parliaments, ministries, offices, law courts, embassies, city councils, public broadcasting corporations, central banks, multi-governmental institutions etc. Includes also political parties."

American Academy of Arts and Sciences: "Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs." Full-text access to the Academy's occasional papers are available on this website. (Especially important is the full-text PDF version of the work entitled War with Iraq: Cost, Consequences and Alternatives)


American Civil Liberties Union: Use the list of hot topics provided by the ACLU to find news and discussions on such controversial issues as: "death penalty, capital punishment, abortion rights, gay rights, reproductive freedom, race bias, racial equality, racial profiling, Internet privacy, Internet censorship, free speech, drug test privacy, school prayer, affirmative action, evolution, campaign finance reform, obscenity vs free speech, immigrant rights, voting rights, drug policy, workplace rights, criminal justice, student rights, women rights"


American Political Science Association: The Journals in Political Science, compiled by APSA, are available within the Political Science Discipline. "Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior. Political science subfields include political theory, political philosophy, political ideology, political economy, policy studies and analysis, comparative politics, international relations, and a host of related fields."


CalNews Western Political Review: For the latest information on California Politics and government, read this daily news letter.


CDI Terrorism Project: "CDI's Terrorism Project is designed to provide insights, in-depth analysis and facts on the military, security and foreign policy challenges as the United States, and the world, faces terrorism. The project looks at all aspects of fighting terrorism, from near-term issues of response and defense, to long-term questions about how the United States should shape its future international security strategy."


Constitution Day Resources: "Federal law requires that all high schools, colleges and universities that receive federal funds educate students about the Constitution on September 17th of each year. The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands has created the Sunnylands Constitution Project, a collection of classroom-ready digital resources, to help schools celebrate Constitution Day."


Forum on Public Policy: "A Journal of the Oxford Round Table seeks to disseminate knowledge with regard to salient issues in public affairs. This includes research and policy advancement in both the public and private sectors that address government issues at state, national and international levels of discourse. The editorial staff welcomes manuscripts of relevance to this broad area of interest."


Global Exchange: This site covers recent political and economic opinions on current global events. Global Exchange is a human rights organization dedicated to informing the public concerning environmental, political, and social justice around the world.


HealthReform.gov: This site provides information on the goal of the President and Congress to pass comprehensive health reform this year in order to control rising health care costs, guarantee choice of doctor, and assure high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.


International Peace Movement, Linus Pauling: "Incorporating over 500 scanned documents, photographs, audio clips and video excerpts, this web resource features a number of rare and important items, most of which are held within Oregon State University Libraries' Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers."


Library Research Using Primary Sources: Use this site prepared by the UC Berkeley Library staff to learn what Primary Sources are and where to locate them whether they are located in a library or on the web.


National Archives and Records Administration: This website is sponsored by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration on the United States Government Printing Office website. Search the U.S. Government Manual from 1995 to the current issue. Browse the Federal Register by topic and the code of Federal Regulations by keyword, plus database access to the Public Papers of the Presidents of the U.S. in full text.


National Constitution Center: This site sponsored by The National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia provides an interactive United States Constitution and Constitutional Timeline.


National Public Radio: A public supported radio station with alternative news coverage and speeches of the day. Audio players needed to connect. Hourly Newscasts.


Open CRS Network - CRS Reports for the people: "American taxpayers spend over $100 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a "think tank" that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be easily obtained. A project of the Center for Democracy & Technology through the cooperation of several organizations and collectors of CRS Reports, Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports already in the public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports."


Our Documents: "100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union."


Primary Sources on the Web: "This brief guide is designed to provide students and researchers with information to help them evaluate the internet sources and the quality of primary materials that can be found online. This guide is written by the Instruction & Research Services Committee of the Reference and User Service Association History Section in the American Library Association."


Public Affairs Information Service-CSA PAIS: "CSA Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS) is the premier global public policy resource database. It was established in 1914 for the purpose of chronicling the world's public affairs, public and social policies, international relations, and world politics." Use this site for Hot Topics and broad topics from 1997 through the current year. Be sure to also use the PAIS Archive.


September 11th Newspaper Articles Archive: "This archive is a free service provided by NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest archive of historical newspapers on the Internet. The staff of NewspaperARCHIVE.com has put together this collection of newspapers to benefit everyone from professional researchers to casual history enthusiasts. Using this site you can search through thousands of newspaper articles in seconds, view the newspaper pages, and even save them to your computer. Best of all this service is completely free."


Social Science Research Council -Terrorism: "The Social Science Research Council is an independent, nongovernmental, not-for-profit international organization that seeks to advance social science throughout the world and supports research, education and scholarly exchange on every continent."


TRAC Immigration: "Your source for comprehensive, independent and nonpartisan information about U.S. federal immigration enforcement."


Understanding the World Today: This comprehensive site, developed by Gene Shakman (PhD, sociology), offers sociological, political and economic data about change worldwide using data sets from US governmental and other organizational bodies. The site's stated goal is to "Bring together knowledge of our social, political and economic world...A solid understanding of the world is the first step for improving living conditions of all people throughout the world."


United Nations: The home page for global information published by the United Nations.


White House: The Executive Branch of the United States including current policies, video clips of news conferences, White House Briefings, plus the latest actions and decisions of the President of the United States.


World Press: Full-Text online coverage of the current issues in this international magazine. Excellent articles on the most recent world events.