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Research Resources: Subject Guides: Government


  1. Indexes, Abstracts & Full Text
  2. Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Handbooks
  3. Selected Online Resources
  4. General Resources
  5. International Relations
  6. U.S. Politics
  7. State and Local Politics
  8. Law
  9. Statistical Sources

Indexes, Abstracts & Full-Text Databases

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Handbooks & Bibliographies

Selected Online Resources

General Resources

Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools
A comprehensive guide to law schools, from the Law School Admission Council.

Political Science Resources
A directory of links to all areas of political science; especially good for comparative government information.

Your source for timely, reliable and relevant humanitarian information and analysis. Their goal is to help you make sense of humanitarian crises worldwide. To do this, they scan the websites of international and non-governmental organizations, governments, research institutions and the media for news, reports, press releases, appeals, policy documents, analysis and maps related to humanitarian emergencies worldwide.

Selected RAND Abstracts

Yahoo Government Links

International Relations

Background Notes (U. S. State Department)
Factual publications that contain information on all the countries of the world with which the United States has relations. They include facts on the country's land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and its relations with other countries and the United States.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
A comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

Country Studies (Library of Congress)
The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)
The State Department provides online access to the volumes from 1950 through 1980, with some earlier material. This series contains diplomatic correspondence btween the State Department and U. S. embassies, as well as other previously classified documents.

Foreign Relations of the United States (University of Wisconsin digitized version)
This collection covers the volumes from 1861 to 1960.

International Affairs Resources (WWW Virtual Library)
Over 2000 carefully selected, frequently maintained, annotated links in 37 international affairs categories. Part of the WWW Virtual Library System. Should be of use to professors and students.

U. S. Department of State
The State Department's web site provides up-to-date information on American diplomatic efforts, policy issues, human rights practices, and much more.

U.S. Politics
Comprehensive non-partisan resource on the history and function of the American presidency. Facilitated by the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs.

American National Election Studies (ANES)
Contains 65 data sets on pre- and post-election surveys of voters' attitudes.

American Presidency Project (UC Santa Barbarra)
Contains a wealth of current and historical materials on the Presidency.

Annals of Congress
Formally known as The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States, covers the 1st Congress through the first session of the 18th Congress, from 1789 to 1824.

Federal Register
Search & retrieve proposed and final regulations from 1994 to the present.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
The codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register, updated annually.

Compilation of Presidential Documents
Online access to all Presidential speeches, remarks, interviews, and documents, from 1993 to the present. Updates occur as items are released from the White House press office.

Congressional Globe
Contains the Congressional debates of the 23rd through 42nd Congresses (1833-73).

Congressional Record
Search & retrieve proceedings and debates of the United States Congress from 1994 to the present.

Federal Elections Commission (FEC)
Contains the laws and regulations pertaining to federal elections, and campaign finance reports.

Inside Politics
A current news source of government information, from CNN.

Miller Center (University of Virginia)
The Miller Center is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation's governance challenges.

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Independent polling, research, media analysis, and information-sharing in four main areas as they relate to religion: Politics, Law, Domestic Policy, and World Affairs.

Presidential Libraries
Links to the official libraries of modern U. S. presidents, Hoover through George W. Bush The libraries contain official documents, artifacts, and audio-visual materials (such as campaign debates and advertisements).

Public Papers of the Presidents
Covers 1991 to 2006, from the U. S. Government Printing Office.

Public Papers of the Presidents (University of Michigan digitized version)
This collection covers 1929 to 2001.

Register of Debates
A record of the Congressional debates of the 18th Congress, 2nd Session through the 25th Congress, 1st Session (1824-37).

Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive
Serves as a research facility for scholars of U. S. public policy. The Library1s collection is a specialized one focused on American politics and history with special attention paid to the American Presidency. Produced by the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
Links to congressional publications from the Library of Congress.

United States Code
The codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.

Yahoo United States Government Links

State and Local Politics


Find Law
Contains legal news, laws, and Supreme Court decisions from 1893 to the present.

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Access to legal information and listings for law firms throughout the U.S.

Supreme Court of the United States
Information about the Court and links to recent opinions.

Westlaw Campus Research
Access to Federal and State case law and codes, legal encyclopedias, and law reviews. For Mac Users - The search screen will time-out after approximately 25 seconds of loading the browser window. If this happens, use your browser's back button to return to the previous screen.

Yahoo Law Links

Statistical Sources

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Information on crime, criminal trends, and victim characteristics in the United States presented in written reports, charts, and graphs. From the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.

Community Health Data Base
The Community Health Data Base provides local data that are community-based rather than resource-based; data that can be examined by different levels of geography, including census tract, health district, Minor Civil Division, and ZIP code; and longitudinal data that can be used as a baseline to measure changes in health, social status and access to care over time. The Online Data Tool includes access to over 900 health indicators for all Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) ZIP codes, each county in SEPA, and the SEPA region as a whole. For Mac Users - Please use Safari or Google Chrome as your browser.

Access to statistical data from over 70 agencies of the federal government.

The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research is a project by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to expand on its mission to provide economic information and data to researchers interested in the U.S. economy. On this web site you will find links to scanned images of historical economic statistical publications, releases, and documents.

ICPSR Direct
Search the extensive holdings of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, encompassing political, social, economic, and educational data, and download data and documentation to your own computer for analysis. Most datasets require the use of a quantitative analysis program, such as SPSS, Data Desk, or Excel, to produce useful results. Contact F&M's institutional liaison to the ICPSR, Professor Robert Friedrich in the Government Department, at 291-4162 or for more information.

International Voter Turnout Statistics
Compilations of voter turnout for every country from 1945 through 2000 (or later for some countries). The data is provided by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

Roper Center iPoll & RoperExpress
iPoll is a comprehensive database of over 500,000 public opinion questions and answers asked in the US since 1935. RoperExpress offers on demand access to the full datasets required to conduct bivariate and multivariate analyses on archived surveys. Access requires a simple, one-time registration and a valid F&M email address.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
Data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. Project is located at the University at Albany, School of Criminal Justice, and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

"A world of information" is at your fingertips by browsing data series or researching by keyword more than 55 million records from the databases of the UN on employment, education, energy, environoment, health, population, refugees, and much more.

Vital Statistics of the United States
Access to statistical data that includes natality, mortality, marriage and divorce.

Vital Statistics on American Politics
In over 230 tables and figures, students, professional researchers, and interested citizens will find chapters devoted to key subject areas such as elections and political parties, public opinion and voting, the media, the three branches of U.S. government, foreign, military, social and economic policy, and much more.

World dataBank
A data source that includes information on the global economy, finance, gender, education, health, natural resources, and environmental indicators. This resource, published by the World Bank, contains statistical data for over 600 development indicators and time series data from 1960 to the latest compiled for over 200 countries as well as 18 country groups. Databases include: World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, Africa Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millenium Development Goals.

World Development Indicators - see World dataBank

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