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Internet Resources
Democratic Party Online.
The Web site for the Democratic Party.

Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School.
A comprehensive site for students researching legal information and judicial decisions; provides information on the United States judiciary and the United States Supreme Court. Users can research individual members of the Supreme Court, read opinions on nearly 600 historical cases, and find out the schedule for, arguments by, and opinions of the Court. Users can also find information on state courts, constitutions, and statutes, and link to other sites providing information on the government.

National Political Index.
Provides access to sites related to participation in politics; an eclectic gathering of sources of political information including news, events, humor, state and local parties, and candidates. The index links to more than 3,500 Web sites with political ties, including nearly 150 political science departments, 50 political think tanks, and 600 political activist groups.

Republican Mainstreet.
The Web site for the Republican Party.

THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet.
A site maintained by the Library of Congress that provides in-depth information on the United States Congress. Searching by bill number or keyword, users can learn about the legislative process, find their own state's members of Congress, and access a comprehensive database on current and past legislation. Users can also search the full text of the Congressional Record, a daily record of activity in Congress, and committee information.

United Nations.
Offers news releases, virtual tours, documents, and basic information about the United Nations and its bodies. Three different search engines help users explore a large database and list of links. The site includes a wealth of reports, statistical data, and other information on human rights, international law, peacekeeping missions, and other topics.

University of Michigan Documents Center: Political Science Resources/Political Theory.
An enormous series of lists related to political science and political theory. Links are annotated and sponsoring institutions of listed sites are named.

WWW Virtual Library: Political Science Virtual Library.
An extensive but simple site that provides an exhaustive list of links to political science resources on the Web.

WWW Virtual Library: U.S. Federal Government Agencies Page.
Links to the Web sites of most United States agencies, commissions, and subgroups. Users can visit the Office of the First Lady, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, the Marine Corps, the National Security Council, the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and everything in between. This site is organized by government hierarchy and can be searched by keyword.


Library Resources
ABC-CLIO Companion to the Media in America. By Daniel Webster Hollis. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1995.
Concise articles cover important developments in mass media and significant media organizations and people.

Almanac of American Politics. Washington, D.C.: National Journal, 1972-.
Summarizes the state of American politics at both national and state levels, giving voting results on key issues and state-by-state analyses of political concerns. The almanac is updated biennially.

America Votes. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1956-.
A biennial summary of state and national election returns; useful for historical as well as current information.

Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought. Oxford: Blackwell, 1987.
Offers concise but thorough discussions of political concepts and theories, including definitions of terms such as "consent," "power," "exploitation," and "just war"; historical context of ideas; and important names associated with political ideas.

CIS Index. Washington, D.C.: CIS, 1970-.
A detailed index to the publications of the U.S. Congress, including hearing transcripts, reports, and committee prints. Each annual volume includes a legislative histories index for bills that have been passed. Available in electronic format as Congressional Masterfile and Congressional Universe.

Congressional Quarterly Almanac. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1945-.
An annual summation of U.S. politics that analyzes key issues, important legislation, voting records of congressional representatives, and major Supreme Court decisions.

Congressional Quarterly's Guide to Congress. 4th ed. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1991.
Provides detailed histories and discussions of congressional processes and issues. Similar guides put out by the same publisher cover the presidency, the Supreme Court, and U.S. elections.

Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1967-.
A weekly magazine covering events in Washington; includes a detailed index every six months. Another weekly magazine that provides similar coverage is the National Journal.

The Encyclopedia of Democracy. 4 vols. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1995.
Provides substantial articles on countries, regions, historical periods, people, and concepts, and their relationship to democracy. Included are 20 primary documents dating from 431 b.c. to 1994 and a map purporting to show the level of freedom in each country of the world. 

Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations. 4 vols. New York: Oxford University, 1997.
Published under the auspices of the Council on Foreign Relations, this work includes over 1,000 articles covering historical events, relations with countries, biographical sketches of leaders associated with foreign policy, treaties, doctrines, and key concepts. Includes chronology and comparative country data. 

International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration.  4 vols. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1998.
Covers topics in public administration such as regional development, emergency management, budget reform, cost of living adjustments, and more.  Includes coverage of jargon terms such as "groupthink" and "muddling through," as well as principles, theories, legal concepts, and management topics.  Its global scope and interdisciplinary coverage provide broad perspectives.

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1895-.
An index to publications from federal agencies and Congress, arranged by issuing body and indexed by author, title, subject, and series or report number. Available in electronic format.

PAIS International in Print. New York: Public Affairs Information Service, 1991-.
A monthly index to books, articles, and government documents on public affairs, including politics, social issues, and economics. This work combines Public Affairs Information Service (1915-90), a long-running publication good for historical analysis of politics, and PAIS Foreign Language Index (1972-90) to provide international scope. Available in electronic format.

Political Handbook of the World. Binghamton, N.Y.: CSA, 1927-.
Covers countries of the world giving basic background information, discussions of political parties and structures, and analyses of current political trends. The work is updated annually.

Politics in America: Members of Congress in Washington and at Home. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1981-.
Provides biographical sketches and political analyses of legislators, discussions of regional and state politics, and thumbnail sketches of legislative districts. The work is updated biennially.

United States Government Manual. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973-.
Outlines the organization of federal government agencies, providing organizational charts, contact names and addresses, and descriptions of the agencies' missions.

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