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|Selected Reference Books|
|Almanac of American Politics. Ed. Michael Barone and Richard E. Cohen. Washington: National Journal, 1972–. [REF JK 1012 .A44] 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. Updated every two years.America Votes. Ed. Richard M. Scammon. Washington: Congressional Quarterly, 1956–. [REF JK 1967 .A8] A biennial summary of state and national election returns; useful for historical as well as current information.
An annual summation of U.S. politics that analyzes key issues, important legislation, voting records of congressional representatives, and major Supreme Court decisions. Continues Congressional Quarterly Almanac (1945–2000).
A weekly publication covering events in Washington. Includes a detailed index every six months. Another weekly that provides similar coverage is the National Journal. Also available and searchable through the CQ Electronic Library (see below).
Covers countries of the world, giving basic background information, discussions of political parties and structures, and analyses of current political trends. Updated annually.
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|Almanac of Policy Issues www.policyalmanac.org Introduction to policy issues in nine categories (e.g., criminal justice, education, environment), plus links to additional sources. American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News: Country Profiles http://abcnews.go.com/International/ Features profiles of different countries, presented by American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News Internet Ventures. Includes information on the history, culture, geography, natural resources, government, politics, economics, and demographics of each country. Provides color maps, flags, and sound files of national anthems. Available, along with related articles, from the abcnews home page by searching for “country profile” for all countries or “country profile” and the country name for a specific country.American National Election Studies www.electionstudies.org Data on voting, public opinion, and political participation.BBC News Country Profiles http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions, including audio and video clips from BBC archives.
Center for American Women and Politics www.cawp.rutgers.edu Fact sheets on women in politics, analyses of how women candidates did in recent elections, and information about such topics as the impact of term limits on women officeholders. From Rutgers University.
CIA World Factbook www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Most countries include entries for the “Judicial Branch” (contains the name(s) of the highest court(s) and a brief description of the selection process for members) and the “Legal system” (provides the description of a country’s legal system.)
Open CRS: Congressional Research Reports For the People http://opencrs.com The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a “think tank” that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. A project of the Center for Democracy & Technology and others, Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports already in the public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports.
Pew Research Center http://pewresearch.org Billing itself as a nonpartisan “fact tank,” the Pew Research Center provides “provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.”
Political Information www.politicalinformation.com A specialized search engine locating information on politics, policy, and political news. Also presents features on using the Internet for political advocacy.
Political Science Internet Resources http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/reference/polsci.html The following links provides links to some of the more salient sources for political science information on the Internet. Note that some items are subscription items and not readily available on the Web. Unless otherwise noted, the sites listed in this directory are provided by organizations other than the Library of Congress.
Think Tanks Directory www.hks.harvard.edu/library/research/guides/think-tanks-directory.htm Harvard University’s library provides this set of links to nearly 100 think tanks engaged in policy analysis.
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