Finding Web Resources: Political Science

There are many WWW sites relating to Political Science. To locate authoritative sites look for those created by professional organizations, academic institutions, research agencies, and government departments. Evaluate the sites with a view to accuracy and currency.

American Political Science Association
Provides information on political science departments, conferences, grants and fellowships. Includes thirty-four groups "organized around common scholarly and professional interests".

Canadian Political Science Association
Provides links to information about the Canadian Political Science Association and its activities and resources. The site is divided into ten categories. Also provides links to provincial, regional and international associations.

Official homepage of the European Union (in English). Provides information about the European Union and its different institutions and bodies, official documents and policy indices, legal texts, publications and sources of information. Contains a special section about the unified currency, the euro, including pictures of the coins and notes and conversion rates. The site is searchable.

EUROPARL: The European Union On-Line
Provides information under seven sections each of which is subdivided into narrower subjects. News includes the latest press releases. Organizations and MEPs includes basic information under Members of the European Parliament, an Overview of the European Parliament, Useful addresses, and links. The Think Tank section includes information under Key topics and EU policies, archives, Rules of Procedure of the EP, Official Journals, Studies, workshops and references, and Bulletins. The Policy and Video section includes information under Plenary sessions, Parliaments’s governing bodies, Delegation to the Convention, Hearings, Conferences and Summits, Meetings and agendas, and Parliamentary questions.

Finding Canadian Government Information on the Internet: A Look at Four Principal Sites and Their Initiatives
Serves as a reference guide to publicly available government information, providing access to a wealth of Internet-based resources. Edited by Anita Cannon, reference librarian at Mount Allison University.

Government of Canada Primary Internet Site (Canada Site)
Provides information about Canadian institutions -Parliament, the ministry, the Prime Minister, the Supreme Court, and the Auditor General. Includes information about Canadian symbols and extensive links to Canadian Federal Institutions. Also includes pointers to provincial and territorial pages, and an intergovernmental online information kiosk with pointers to federal, provincial and municipal pages.

Governments on the World Wide Web
Provides links to government web sites, parliaments, law courts, heads of state, political parties and elections, embassies, and city councils for over 200 countries. Also, includes links to political parties, party alliances parliamentary groups, and youth organizations of political parties on a national level.

International Political Science Association
Provides access to international organizations and foreign governments as well many links to major political science related sites. Includes a classified subject guide to politics.

Internet Scout
The Scout Report Archives is a searchable and browseable database to over nine years' worth of the Scout Report and subject-specific Scout Reports. It contains 16,969 critical annotations of carefully selected Internet sites and mailing lists.” (Internet Scout Project - Scout Archives). Keyword Search, Advanced Search, and Browse by Library of Congress Subject Heading options are available.

PARLINE database on national parliaments
The PARLINE database (a derivative of Parliaments on-Line) has been developed by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and is regularly updated on the basis of official information provided by national Parliaments. Whenever other sources of information are used, as is the case with preliminary results of parliamentary elections in some countries before comprehensive official results are made public, these alternative sources are indicated accordingly. For all countries where a national legislature exists, the database provides: General information on each of the Parliament's chambers; Description of the electoral system; Results of the most recent elections; Information on the presidency of each Chamber; Information on the mandate and status of members of Parliament". (Web page).

Political Databases of the Americas
"Provided as part of a joint project by Georgetown University's Resource Unit on Democratic Governability at the Center for Latin American Studies, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), this database offers documentary and statistical political information for scholars and politicians studying democracy in Latin America. Data includes constitutions, electoral laws, legislative and executive branch information and election data. Users can browse by topic or conduct a keyword search of the database. The site also houses a collection of related links, including sources for current events and breaking news in Latin America". (Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000.

Political Resources on the Net
Provides "listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to parties, organizations, governments, media and more from all around the world." (From the web page). This site is searchable with some annotations.

Political Science Resources
Provides annotated pointers to resources in over a dozen Political Science related categories including: area studies, elections, constitutions, political parties, theory, political thought, local government, and international relations. Maintained by Richard Kimber, a lecturer in Politics at the University of Keele.

Scholarly Societies Project - Political Science
The Scholarly Resources Project sponsored by the University of Waterloo Library consists of a set of subject pages created to facilitate access to websites maintained by or for scholarly societies throughout the world. Resources of Scholarly Societies - Political Science provides links to sixty websites of scholarly societies in Political Science.

Statistics Canada
Statistics Canada is the official source for Canadian social and economic statistics and products.

Teaching Political Science
"The American Political Science Association (APSA) has recently launched Teaching Political Science. This rich pedagogical site provides an array of professional development opportunities for instructors and many educational resources for students of political science and civics. Included are a database of online syllabi, a collection of scholarly articles and essays, a section devoted to civic education, online access to APSA's journal, PS: political Science & Politics, and much more. Each month, the site will focus on an aspect of political science education". (Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000.

ThisNation: The American Government & Politics Online 
"ThisNation features an extensive library of major documents in American political history, including (but not nearly limited to) the Magna Carta, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, Washington's Farewell Address, The Federalist Papers, the Emancipation Proclamation, Madison's War Message of 1812, the Monroe Doctrine, the War Powers Resolution Act, over a dozen historic Supreme Court rulings, and The Atlantic Charter. The site also offers an online American Government and Politics Textbook ( that serves as an excellent primer on the American political process. In addition, the site contains learning tools designed separately for citizens, students, and teachers... and a search engine for 5,000 political websites". (Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000.

United Nations
The official homepage of the United Nations includes an introduction to the structure and work of the United Nation, a history of the United Nations, principal organs of the United Nations, and full text of the UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions and documents. It is divided into the following categories: Peace and Security, Economic and Social Development, Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs, and International Law. The site is searchable.

United Nations System - Chief Executive Board for Coordination
This page categorizes and links to UN system and related organizations. You may also view an alphabetic ordering. Also, provides links to Agenda, Reports, Statistics, Publications, Actions, Press and the UN System. The UN System includes Bookmarks, Social Media, Publications and Annual Reports.  The UN System Bookmarks "aids the navigation of CEB member and related organization resources.

Web Sites of National Parliaments
Provides links to web sites of world parliaments.

Yahoo Guide to Political Science
Provides access under the following categories: Books, Church-State Issues, Conferences, Education, Electronic Texts, Institutes, International Relations, Journals, Organizations, Political Economy, Political Theory, Politics, Public Administration, Public Policy Usenet, and Web Directories.

Created by: Cathy Callaghan, B.A., M.L.S.
Date Created: 30-June-2000
Date Revised: 8-October-2013

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