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Selected Political Science Websites

The following is a selective list of Internet resources in political science. The list is a work-in-progress, and any suggestions for additions, as well as any questions or problems with the site should be sent to Cindy Ingold, Political Sciences Librarian, Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

General Resources | American Government & Politics | International and Area Studies Library | Comparative Government & Politics | Environmental Studies | International Relations  | Refugees | Terrorism



General Resources

Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
This site includes a wide variety of information about the OECD including news, hot topics, jobs, and a list of publications.

U.S. Census Bureau Home Page
This page includes searchable data from the 1990 U.S. Census, as well as information about the Bureau’s activities.

Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Homepage of the Political Science Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



American Government & Politics

United States Federal Government

Executive Branch Resources
Compiled by the Library of Congress.

Legislative Branch Process
Library of Congress.

Judicial Branch
Federal Judiciary Homepage.

Supreme Court Decisions
Full Text of Decisions from 1990-Present, and Selected Earlier Decisions.

U.S. Department of Defense
News, publications, etc. from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Information on legislation and legislators. Included are the full texts of recent Congressional legislation, the Congressional Record, and a listing of the “Most-Viewed Bills.

Federal Election Commission
Resources on Campaign Finance laws, regulations, procedures and enforcement.

The Congressional Directory
Official directory of the U.S. Congress, providing biographies of members, committee memberships, and officials of U.S. government departments. Separated by individual congress, then state or district.

CIA Publications
Links to CIA publications including the World Factbook, list of World Leaders, CIA Maps, Historical Collection Publications, and Additional Publications.

Machine-readable datasets from the U.S. Executive Branch.

State Government

State of Illinois
Information on Illinois State Agencies, Educational Institutions, and Legislators.

Project Vote Smart
An Introduction to Federal and State-level Politics and Links to Officials, Candidates, and State Web Sites.

State Government Links
A Listing of State Government Resources Compiled by the Library of Congress.



Comparative Government & Politics

Country Studies
The Library of Congress’ online version of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army.

International Data Base
U.S. Census Bureau source of statistical tables for 227 countries and areas of the world.

International Statistics Agencies
Supported by the United Nations/Economic Commission for Europe, Statistical Division this site provides online access to a large number of other statistical resources.

World Factbook
Annual publication of the CIA with basic information on the countries of the world.



Environmental Studies

Center for International Earth Science Information Network  (Columbia University)
CIESIN is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that specializes in global and regional network development, science data management, decision support, and training, education and technical consultation services. The “Data Resources” section links to facts and figures.

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
CIEL is a public interest, not-for-profit environmental law firm. This site provides information about international and comparative environmental law, policy and management, and links to CIEL projects.

EPA Climate Change Site
This site contains reports, impact statements, data and the current Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Greenpeace has observer status on 25 international organizations. This site presents information about campaigns to influence policy at a global level.

United Nations Environment Programme
This site contains information about policies, legal issues and geographic regions.



International Relations

Amnesty International
Home page for the organization with news, publications, etc.

The Arrighi Center for Global Studies
Formerly known as the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History, this is now Home page for the Johns Hopkins University center of the same name

Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation
The IGCC’s mission is to study the causes of international conflict and help devise options for resolving it through international cooperation.

United States Institute of Peace
United States Institute of Peace, created by the U.S. Congress, explores peace studies and such topics as virtual diplomacy, refugees, and human rights issues. Access to the Institute of Peace’s print and digital collections provided by the Jeannette Rankin Peace Resource Program.



Amnesty International: Refugees and Migrants
This site presents information about Amnesty International’s actions in support of refugees and migrants.

Forced Migration Review
Web site of Forced Migration Review (FMR), the journal of the Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford. The journal is published three times each year in collaboration with the Global IDP Project of the Norwegian Refugee Council. Also check out the Refugee Studies Centre’s Forced Migration: Explore Content for additional resources on the subject.

Human Rights Watch
The annual Human Rights Watch World Report provides a summary of human conditions in more than 90 countries around the world, based on investigations done by Human Rights Watch staff. Previous editions are currently unavailable from the report archive.

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) contains access to its database providing information on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in over 48 nations worldwide. The site also has a news section which is updated weekly, online training materials for educators, access to the text of the United Nations guiding principles on internal displacement and a collection of links to other Internet resources on refugees, asylum seekers and forced internal migration.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
This site provides a wealth of information.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is an NGO that works for refugee protection and assistance in all regions of the world. Their annual World Refugee Survey (1997-2009) provided concise country-by-country refugee reports.




For the most current resources see this guide on Terrorism: Library Resources.