Science Web Resources
From the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., information on the executive
branch and its functioning in American government, including names and addresses
of members of the executive.
From the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., information on the legislative
branch and its functioning in American government, including names and addresses
of members of the legislature.
From the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., information on the judicial
(legal and Supreme Court) branch and its functioning in American government,
including names and addresses of members of the judiciary.
From the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., information on state
and local governments and their functioning in American government, including
names and addresses of members of various state legislatures.
State Legislature: This official site of the Utah State Legislature
has information on Legislators, Bills, Committees, etc.
House: The official White House website: Information on the White
House and its functioning in American government, including names and addresses
of various staff and policy advisors.
Government Documents: The official U.S. Government searchable website
for all American government documents. Subject content is as varied and
in-depth as Congress or the executive desires. Many of the documents found
here are considered primary sources.
National Legislation and Bills: A function of the Library of Congress,
Thomas provides a web searchable platform for finding bills or pending
legislation, Senate or House reports, committee reports or other information
used by legislators to craft bills and/or legislation.
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American Political Parties
The Democratic National Committee's official
University of Houston's site for web sources on the Democratic
The Republican National Committee's official
University of Houston's site for web sources on the Republican
University of Houston's site for web sources on the Libertarian
Other Third Parties:
University of Houston's site for web sources on third
parties in American politics, primarily presidential election.
Campaign Finance: see Congressional Universe, under
"Members." This has online data from campaign finance reports filed to the Federal
Elections Commission by all members of Congress, showing who contributed how
much to whom and when.
Statistical Abstract of the United States online, population, demographics,
LexisNexis Congressional: A successor to Lexis-Nexis, Congressional Universe provides
biographical information on members of Congress, bills, votes, committee
reports, and other important Congressional information, including election
campaign finance reports for each member of Congress from the Federal Elections
Commission. Important note: Congressional Universe is accessible only through on-campus computers.
(Inter-university Consortium on Political and Social Research): Founded
and maintained by the University of Michigan, this site provides access
to consortium members (of which, BYU is one) to a variety of political
and social data sets and indexes. Almost all of the data is stored on tapes
at the University of Michigan but increasingly data can be ftp'd to consortium
members, or, failing that, can be accessed by hardwired terminals located
in the Kimball Tower. Students, faculty, or researchers wishing to access
ICPSR data are invited to contact the SWKT CSR, Joe Olsen, 1145 SWKT or
8-6296, for specific details on obtaining data.
Social Science Digital Data Resources
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and National Security
Public Affairs--Speeches and Testimony: A part of the CIA's official
website, this page provides links to statements, speeches, and testimony of
senior CIA officials, and thus becomes something of a primary source. Occasionally,
declassified documents released by the CIA are also posted here.
World Factbook: An official publication of the CIA, the World Factbook
online is a digital copy of the print version. It provides country profiles
that include area, population, economic data, and political backgrounds
on all the countries of the world, as well as simple maps.
Arms Sales Project: Produced by the Federation of American Scientist
in Washington, D.C., this site monitors and tabulates arms sales data from
around the world, and on occasion provides more data than some governments
sometimes release to the public. A good source for generally reliable data.
Mention of this site here in no way constitutes an endorsement of the site
nor its owners, nor is there any affirmation of the validity of its offerings.
Global Security: Produced by the Federation of American Scientists
in Washington, D.C., this site monitors aspects of global security and
international relations data from around the world, and on occasion provides
more data that some governments release to the public. A good source for
generally reliable data. Mention of this site here in no way constitutes
an endorsement of the site nor its owners, nor is there any affirmation
of the validity of its offerings.
Intelligence Resources Program: Produced by the Federation of American
Scientists in Washington, D.C., this site monitors aspects of espionage,
intelligence, counterintelligence, and international relations data from
around the world.
Official Intelligence Documents: Produced by the Federation of
American Scientists in Washington, D.C., this site displays declassified
intelligence documents and other primary sources.
Presidential Directives and Executive Orders: Produced by the Federation
of American Scientists in Washington, D.C., this site displays declassified
presidential directives and executive orders, some of which are intelligence
documents or other primary sources.
Security Agency: Not to be confused with the National Security
Archives, a private corporation, this official NSA site is maintained by
the U.S. Government and details publicly-available information on the NSA.
Do not expect to find government secrets here, but it is a useful site
for understanding the breadth and depth of the American intelligence community.
Security Archive: A private corporation dedicated to publishing
declassified documents on American national security. Do not confuse this
with the National Security Agency, a wing of the American government's
intelligence capability. This has a number of documents important for research
Intelligence Project: The Online Intelligence Project is oriented
towards individuals and professionals with an interest in the international
news, commerce and references. It uses an intelligence service model to
array resources into departments and/or regional desks.
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Report: Hollywood-based Matt Drudge may not be the world's best reporter,
but his website contains links to an extraordinary number of legitimate news
organizations, both American and Foreign, and by virtue of this is an excellent
site for political news. In addition, it is one of a very few sites where links
to political columnists and analysts can be found in a single place.
Political Science Association: The official website for the preeminent
American political science organization, the American Political Science Association,
including meeting dates and locales, and activities for members.
Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society): Pi Sigma Alpha is
the national honor society for political science, and is closely affiliated
with the American Political Science Association. BYU has one of the largest
and most active chapters of PSA, including scholarships and essay prizes.
The site is maintained as part of the APSA organization in Washington, D.C.
Political Science Department
University: Lehman Library: A list of political science resources
on American government, comparative government, and international relations
compiled by Columbia University librarians at the Lehman Library.
University: School of International and Public Affairs: Has links
to African and Asian information, as well as some on Latin American and
the Middle East. It also has a link to war and peace information.
Links to sites on the Asia-Pacific Economic Congrence (APEC) are also found
here as well as human rights links.
University: The Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
site has many links to its publications, including selected full text articles
from the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and the National
Security Studies Quarterly.
Washington University: George Washington University's Elliott School
of International Affairs has a link to research centers, and hosts the
Sigur Center for Asian Studies
Hopkins University: The Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies
at Johns Hopkins University is a widely respected site, with links to several
international relations and comparative government sites, sorted by region
and by topic.
of Political Ideas: This University of Houston site collates a
number of websites that have something to do with some aspect of political
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a Center for International
Studies, and this site has a link entitled "Research and Working Papers"
which provide original research.
Science Organizations & Associations: This site is maintained
by Indiana University and is a list of almost all national and international
political science/international relations organizations to which one may
belong, with appropriate addresses, etc.
Libraries: This site is maintained by the National Archives and
Records Administration, which has legal responsibility for archiving the
presidents' papers. It lists all the presidential libraries and research
centers that have been established, from Herbert Hoover to George Bush.
Research Centers Directory: This site at Arizona State University
is a list of many of the sponsored research offices at nearly every American
university, except BYU.
University: The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
in Boston is the oldest program in international relations in America.
This site includes online resources for international relations and diplomacy,
history, politics, economics and international economy. Information
on IGOs, regional studies and research centers are also listed.
of California: The Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation
at University of California at San Diego includes a number of interesting
online resources and links, including, among many others, Wired for Peace
(Northeast Asia), Climate Science Policy, the New E-Economy, Governing
the Global Internet, Globalization and Governance. Hit the publications
button for policy papers and newsletters.
of Chicago: Online Working Papers from the Irving B. Harris School
of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago include the Chicago
of Houston: This site collates a number of website that have something
to do with some aspect of political science.
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs: The Weatherhead
Center for International Affairs at Harvard University is a widely respected
site, with links to several international relations and comparative government
sites, sorted by region and by topic.
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Public Policy: For background and other information on sources
of American public policy, mostly of a national or large regional level
Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania:
"The Annenberg Public Policy Center was established by publisher and philanthropist
Walter Annenberg in 1994 to create a community of scholars within the University
of Pennsylvania who would address public policy at the local, state, and
federal levels. Consistent with the mission of the Annenberg School for
Communication, the Center has four ongoing foci: 1) Information and Society;
2) Media and the Developing Mind; 3) Media and the Dialogue of Democracy;
and 4) Health Communications."
and Public Policy: The Ethics and Public Policy Center was established
in 1976 to clarify and reinforce the bond between Judeo-Christian moral
traditions and the public debate over domestic and foreign policy. The
Center affirms the political relevance of the great Western ethical imperatives--respect
for dignity of every person, individual freedom and responsibility, justice,
the rule of law, and limited government. It maintains that moral reasoning
is an essential complement to empirical calculations in the shaping of
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for Nonproliferation Studies: Site maintained by the Monterrey Institute
of International Studies
for Strategic and International Studies: The Center for Strategic
and International Studies (CSIS) is a public policy research institution
dedicated to analysis and policy impact covering key function areas such
as international finance, U.S. domestic and economic policy, and U.S. foreign
policy and national security issues.
Diplomacy: "DFax is a project of the Farndon House Information
Trust, a registered charity in Britain which promotes the use and understanding
of online information technology in researching international security
affairs. It is unique. Founded by a group of academic researchers in 1988,
the Trust acquired the DFax project from its founders in 1993. Everyday,
DFax uses online services to access an extensive range of specialist journals,
wire services, and newspapers around the globe. The data retrieved is then
speedily analyzed and abstracted by a skilled team of researchers. It is
then used to sustain DFax services and projects."
International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism: ICT is a
research institute and think tank dedicated to developing innovative public
policy solutions to international terrorism. The Policy Institute applies
an integrated, solutions-oriented approach built on a foundation of real
world and practical experience.
The official site for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and details
some of NATO's current projects and events.
The official site of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute,
a major arms and disarmament organization.
Terrorism Research Center: "The Terrorism Research Center is dedicated
to informing the public of the phenomena of terrorism and information warfare.
This site features essays and thought pieces on current issues, as well
as links to other terrorism documents, research and resources."
Studies Review, King's
College, London: This is a significant online journal from King's College,
London, which deals with the scholarly study of war and its causes. A good
place to get current analysis of wars and near wars.
Tanks and Research Institutes: This presents Vote-Smart's list of think
tanks and other related organizations that provide thoughtful analysis and contribution
to the creation of public policy.
Lijphart Elections Archive: "The Lijphart Elections Archive,
housed at the University of California, San Diego campus, is a research collection
of district level election results for approximately 350 national legislative
elections in 26 countries. The objective of the Archive is to systematically
collect election statistics in as much detail as possible, including, as a minimum,
the results at the level of the individual election districts in which votes
are converted into seats."
A site based in Corvallis, Oregon, that monitors all elections: statewide, gubernatorial,
and Congress elections, with analysis of incumbents and challengers. Can find
the election race(s) in your own zip code.
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