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Credo Reference - Social Sciences
Search Political Science encyclopedias and dictionaries

Encyclopedia of Political Science CQ Press 2011

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
REF KF4548 .E53 2000

Political Handbook of the World
Provides information on the major aspects of each country's government and political party system.

Statistical Insight

West's Encyclopedia of American Law
REF KF154.W47 2005

Official congressional directory
REF JK1011 .C74

The Statesman's Year-Book
REF JA51 .S7


American Political Science Association

Annenberg Public Policy Center Fact Check
This reputable group at the University of Pennsylvania monitors the factual statements of major U.S. political parties and individuals.  Also, analytical articles and commentary provided.

How to Effectively Locate Federal Government Information on the Web
This "hands-on" workshop is designed to demonstrate how to maximize retrieval of federal government information on the Web.

Federal / Government

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress 1774-present
Search this site for biographical information about senators and congressional representatives. Also provides access to senate and house history.

CIA FOIA: Electronic Reading Room
Provides directions for the public wanting to request CIA information and electronic access to previously released declassified documents.

Congress Votes
A Washington Post database that provides data on votes in Congress since 1991.

One stop shopping for government information. Links to information regarding the military, law, customs, tax, art, science, etc. along with links to departments and publications.

Federal Citizen Information Center
A clearinghouse for links for government services and programs and consumer problems.

Federal Judicial Center
Principal research and education center for the U.S. courts.

FindLaw, Inc.
An educational resource site focusing on the United States Constitution and its impact on society.  Designed with students and the general public in mind, the FindLaw Constitutional Law Center features an easy-to-read guide that leads visitors though historic documents, biographies, Supreme Court decisions, and the hottest constitutional law topics.

GPO Access
The U.S. Government Printing Office offers searching of approximately 1,000 government databases for the text of official government documents and information.

Legislative Information

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Provides access to the NCJRS Virtual Library as well as to the Library Abstracts database.

Supreme Court Decisions
Supreme Court decisions since 1990. U.S. Constitution, Code, Code of Federal Regulations, state laws, international laws and more!

U.S. Government Documents Ready Reference Collection
Subject listing of government documents selected the Columbia University Libraries.

U. S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

International / Foreign Government Information

Brookings Institution

Canadian Government Information
Excellent free online resource from the National Library of Canada.

Country Studies
Contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army.

Election Resources on the Internet
Links to web sites containing publicly available election data and electoral information for over 120 countries; electoral overview and political party information for about 30 countries.

Institute for Global Communications

Political parties

Republican National Committee

Democratic National Committee


The White House
Includes the current President's biographical information, speeches, accomplishments, White House agencies, Vice President, First Lady, President's Cabinet, legislative and judicial branches of government.

Presidential Papers / Presidential Materials
Includes links to presidential records, historical materials for Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush. Also, provides an overview on the Presidential library system.

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
Includes the Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, U.S. Government Manual, and a search engine for the public papers of the Presidents.

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents

Biographies and Related Information

POTUS (Presidents Of The United States)
Developed by the Internet Public Library, includes a list of the Presidents and inks to Presidential election results, cabinet members, notable events, biographies, documents, and more.

Includes links to speeches, biographies, papers--Developed by EDSITEMENT, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Council of the Great City Schools, MCI WorldCom and the National Trust for the Humanities.

Library of Congress Online Catalog
Search for titles of books about and by the Presidents.

Voting information, Election Information, and Presidential Campaigns

Published by the International Foundation for Election Systems.
Links to "Presidency 2000," political parties, primary calendar and results, issues and debates.

Polling Report
Presents results of numerous political polls. Polls about tax cuts, Presidential ratings, government ratings, presidential race ratings, violence in America, public schools, etc.

Primary Source Materials

Making of America, primary source materials from 1850-1900

United Nations Documentation: Research Guide
A guide to UN documents, an overview and guidance on how to use them.

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