On-line Research Resources

Best Bets

Google www.google.com

Lexis-Nexis (available via the Library website)

The Reporter’s Desktop: www.reporter.org/desktop

Newspapers On-Line:

Links to Newspapers around the country:  www.all-links.com/newscentral

Polls:

Gallup polling organization: www.gallup.com

General Resources:

Encyclopedia Britannica: http://www.britannica.com; http://eblast.com

Wikipedia: http://www.wikipedia.org/

Barlett’s Quotations: http://www.columbia.edu/acis/bartleby/bartlett

Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com

Daily Review of Political Theory-- A comprehensive portal to political news, philosophy,  political theory, academic papers, book reviews and more.

Debate Central--http://www.debate-central.org/

Debatabase--http://www.idebate.org/debatabase/

Sources of Government Information On-line:

Census information: www.census.gov

Government documents and reports: www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/dbsearch.html

General Accounting Office: www.gao.gov

Bureau of Labor Statistics Data: http://stats.bls.gov:80/datahome.htm

News from the White House: www.whitehouse.gov

Links to the texts of all US House and Senate legislation, the Congressional Record, information about committee assignments, records of each legislators' activities, etc.: http://thomas.loc.gov/ 

Federal campaign finance information: www.tray.com/fecinfo

Further info on campaign finance: www.crp.org

Little Magazines (journals of opinon):

Liberal/Left

The Nation-- Left-leaning news and analysis about politics, economics and culture from one of the oldest liberal magazines in the country.

In These Times-- Chicago-based progressive magazine of news and current affairs. Good source of reporting on the labor movement.

Z Magazine-- Critical analysis of U.S. politics and society. Their site has links to loads of valuable information about progressive politics, economics, foreign policy, third world liberation struggles and the women's movement.

The Progressive-- A journalistic voice for peace and justice that's carrying on the spirit of progressive Wisconsin politician Fighting Bob La Follette. Based in Madison, WI.

Counterpunch-- Alexander Cockburn's political newsletter.

Ms. Magazine-- The website for the nation's premiere feminist news and opinion magazine. 

Dollars and Sense-- Magazine devoted to "economic justice." Economic news, policy debate and analysis.

Left Business Observer--Incisive economic analysis from Doug Henwood, author of the excellent Wall Street. Nice links to on-line economic data and research tools.

American Prospect-- Liberal policy analysis and commentary.

TomPaine.Com--An online journal that seeks to enrich the national debate on controversial public issues by featuring the ideas, opinions, and analyses too often overlooked by the mainstream media.

 Centrist

The New Republic-http://www.tnr.com/

The Atlantic-http://www.theatlantic.com/

Conservative

The National Review-http://www.nationalreview.com/

Weekly Standard-- http://www.weeklystandard.com/

Townhall.com (conservative forum)-- http://conservativeforum.townhall.com/

Washington Times--http://www.washtimes.com/

Commentary-- http://www.commentarymagazine.com/cm/main/mainHome.aip

Think Tanks ( partisan policy research):

Liberal/Left-Wing:

The Institute for Policy Studies: www.ips-dc.org

Specializes in economic, social, military and foreign policy from a progressive/liberal perspective.

The Electronic Policy Network:: www.movingideas.org

 A clearinghouse of information from progressive/left-leaning think tanks dealing with everything from education to taxes to defense and foreign policy.

Centrist

RAND: www.rand.org

A giant in the world of think tanks. RAND cranks out reams of research on every conceivable policy issue, much of it supporting moderate or bipartisan ideas. 

Brookings: http://www.brookings.edu/default.htm

Economic and social policy research.

Conservative/Right-Wing

The Cato Institute: www.cato.org

More libertarian than conservative, Cato specializes in studies of government waste and inefficiency but has something to say about virtually every policy area.

The Heritage Foundation: www.heritage.org

Perhaps the most powerful think tank in Washington these days. The Foundation produces studies which guide and (usually) support Republican legislation in almost all areas.

The American Enterprise Institute: www.aet.org

Another big force on Capitol Hill, also generally supportive of Republican positions.

 

Sources of Legal Information On-Line: 

The American Civil Liberties Union: www.aclu.org

National Lawyers Guild www.nlg.org