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Adrienne Meier

Political Science and Pre-Law

Adrienne Meier - Adrienne is the librarian for Political Science. She is available to help with research questions for all political science and pre-law classes. To ask a question or to schedule an appointment, write to her at ameier@spu.edu

For information on political science and pre-law, see the resources below.

Below are useful and trustworthy websites on political science topics:

General U.S. Politics | U.S. Presidency | U.S. Congress | U.S. Judiciary |

U.S. State and Local Politics | Money in U.S. Politics | International Politics

General U.S. Politics
  • C-SPAN Video Library A digital archive of C-SPAN videos from 1987 to the present, with recordings of a multitude of federal government events
  • The Cato Institute The official website of the highly regarded libertarian think tank, including articles, editorials, studies, podcasts and video
  • Data.gov A collection of data sets generated by the executive branch of the federal government, with many topics represented. Looking for raw numbers for your paper? Start here!
  • Environmental Policy Collection Maintained by the University of North Texas, this site is an archive of digital collections on climate change. The site includes reports from national and international governmental agencies and scientific organizations, most of which were published between 2000 and 2009. This is not an exhaustive collection, but is a good place to start for topics relating to environmental policies, ecology, climatology and climate change research. Note that the material can be very technical
  • Federal Digital System Searchable archive of the U.S. Government Printing Office, includes Congressional bills; documents; reports and hearings; laws; Presidential documents and the Federal Register
  • HUD Office of Policy Development and Research A source of reports and data compiled by the federal government on housing policy and programs, building technology, economic development and city planning. Hosted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Indian Affairs The official website of the Bureau of Indian Affairs with information about Native Americans and their relationships to a large number of topics along with Bureau policies and services. Links to tribal websites are also included
  • The Nuclear Vault Resources from the National Security Archives Nuclear Documentation Project, hosted by George Washington University
  • Peace Corps Digital Library A searchable collections of digital Peace Corps materials from 1961 to the present. Includes published material and unpublished material generated by Peace Corps volunteers. The collection is a regularly updated work in progress
  • Policy Agendas Project A collection of online data sets recording US federal government activities since 1947, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin
  • The ReDistricting Game A game that educates about the issue of redrawing district lines after each Census, hosted by the USC Annenberg Center for Communications. Caution: audio on startup
  • The Torture Archive Primary documents concerning the detention and interrogation of individuals by the United States government, part of the National Security Archive
  • Voting America: United States Politics, 1840-2008 A collection of maps showing voting data for U.S. elections, hosted by the University of Richmond
U.S. Presidency U.S. Congress
  • OpenCongress Information on the work of the current Congress, including bills, committees, vote results and issues, hosted by the Sunlight Foundation and Participatory Politics Foundation
U.S. Judiciary
  • JURIST: Legal News and Research A legal news and research service hosted and produced by the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law that is updated frequently with accurate and objective articles
  • LLRX.com: Law and Technology Resources for Legal Professionals A collection of wide ranging information on Internet legal research and techology-related issues
  • OpenJurist A large collection of published court opinions, including the US Supreme Court (from 1790) and regional courts of appeals (from 1880) - does not include commentary on cases or opinions
  • Oyez: US Supreme Court Media A wealth of information about the US Supreme Court, including oral and written transcripts of major cases since 1955
  • United States Courts The official website of the U.S. Federal Judiciary. The site has information regarding the structure, function, and operations of the federal court system
U.S. State and Local Politics
  • National Conference of State Legislatures Information on state governments, with particular emphasis on ballot measures and initiatives
  • Rockefeller Institute of Government Reports and papers on state and local government finance, federalism and intergovernmental relations, with particular emphasis on New York State government, hosted by State University of New York at Albany
  • State and Local Sourcebook A database of demographic, public policy and government managment material with a focus on the state and city level, this is the online version of the authoritative print compendium
  • State Government The federal government's General Service Administration portal to information on state governments for all 50 states and 6 territories
  • State of the Cities Data Systems Database of demographic and economic population characteristics for cities, with an emphasis on housing and urban development issues, maintained by the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • USA Counties This site features county and state-level data on demographics, business, employment, crime, education, elections, government, social programs, and some historical economic data from as far back as 1930. Hosted by the U.S. Census Bureau
Money in U.S. Politics
  • Follow the Money: National Institute on Money in State Politics Gives information on how donations shape policy decisions at the state level, hosted by the National Institute on Money in Politics
  • MAPLight.org Makes available data on campaign donations, bill texts and legislative voting records and gives tools for comparison so as to find connections between donations and votes
  • Office of Management and Budget Official website of the US Office of Management and Budget gives information about the federal budget and regulatory, legislative, and agency activites within the department.
  • USASpending.gov Information on government spending at the Federal level, including Federal grant money and Federal contracts
International Politics
  • ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law A database of resources for international legal research maintained by the American Society of International Law
  • Eurostat Created and updated by the European Union, this site is dedicated to providing the researchers with high-quality statistical information on European countries. Types of statistics include: EU policy indicators; economics; population and social conditions; industry, trade and agriculture; transport; energy and the environment; and science. This is a good website to use for research on European Union countries
  • Human Security Report Project Website of the independent research center, Human Security Report Project. It tracks trends in organized violence, focusing on terrorism and warfare, and the site features publications and reports regarding violence. Hosted by Simon Fraser University
  • Red Cross and Red Crescent The official website of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The website is in English contains news, publications, and reports
  • SIPRI The official website of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a global think-tank researching conflict, peacemaking and international cooperation
  • United Nations The official website of the United Nations. A good place to go for news; information on UN conferences and events; UN publications and reports; and issues concerning the main councils of the UN
  • United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law Material on a wide variety of international law topics, hosted by the United Nations (Note: Audio begins when accessing site)
  • Small Arms Survey A variety of articles and data on the global trade in light weapons, produced by the Graduate Institue of International Studies, a Swiss think-tank
  • The World Factbook Contains useful information on 266 countries, hosted by the CIA
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