Resources for PS 2, “Introduction to American Government” and PS 104, “The American Political System”

WEBSITES ON EXPOSITORY WRITING IN POLITICAL SCIENCE:

http://web.mit.edu/17.423/www/writingtips.html
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/Eexpos/sources/
http://www.dickinson.edu/Ebova/write.html

GENERAL ALL-PURPOSE SITES, WEBSITES OF WEBSITES, ETC.:

http://cstl-cla.semo.edu/renka/ps360/Fall2004/PS360Links.htm
http://garnet.acns.fsu.edu/~phensel/usdata.html
http://garnet.acns.fsu.edu/~phensel/usgovt.html
http://www.sig.msstate.edu/mainpage.fwx?goto=civics&civtopic=PRES

STUDYING CONGRESS:

Data on Congress from Charles Stewart III at MIT:
http://web.mit.edu/17.251/www/data_page.html

Plus The Syllabus on Congress to End All Congressional Syllabi:
http://www.mit.edu/%7E17.251/

How to research Congress at the National Archives:
http://www.archives.gov/legislative/index.html

Congressional Budget Office:
http://www.cbo.gov/

Biographical Directory of Congress, 1774-Present:
http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp

Website from the Dirksen Congressional Center:
http://www.congresslink.org/

Digitized congressional debates, 1774-1875:
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/

STUDYING THE PRESIDENCY (AND RICHARD NIXON, HEH-HEH):

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/index.php
http://nixon.archives.gov/index.php

STUDYING THE SUPREME COURT:

http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/politicalscience/gillman/
http://www.supremecourthistory.org/
http://www.fjc.gov/
http://straylight.law.cornell.edu/supct/index.html

Federalist ONLINE:

http://hamilton.law.ou.edu/hist/federalist/

WOMEN IN AMERICAN POLITICS:

http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~cawp/
http://www.libr.org/wss/WSSLinks/politics.html

WHY THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS FUN:

http://www.uselectionatlas.org/

HUMONGOUS FEDERAL WEBSITES (or, how you can try to find out what our government is doing):

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/index.html
http://www.fedworld.gov/
http://www.fedstats.gov/

HOW TO LEARN ABOUT THE FED:

http://www.frbsf.org/publications/federalreserve/monetary/reading.html

A WEBSITE THAT WILL GET YOU STARTED ON FISCAL POLICY:
http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/brownlee.htm

THE UNITED STATES CODE:
http://uscode.house.gov/

FINDING OUT ABOUT THE 50 STATES AND WHAT THEY’RE DOING:
National Conference of State Legislators:
http://www.ncsl.org/

Gateway to elections administration websites and data for federal, state, and local governments in the U.S.
http://www.debexar.com/elecnet/index.cfm

How to keep tabs on efforts to alter election administration that are sweeping the states:
http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=473101

Everything you ever wanted to know about state constitutions:
http://129.2.168.174/Constitution/

Research paper website of Swarthmore Economics star, Prof. Tom Dee (good stuff on the effects of public policy on solving social problems):
http://www.swarthmore.edu/socsci/tdee1/Research/Research.html

ELECTIONS IN AMERICAN POLITICS:
National Election Studies;
http://www.umich.edu/%7Enes/

The Harvard-MIT Data Center – all the data in the world it seems:
http://www.hmdc.harvard.edu/jsp/index.jsp

PUBLIC OPINION:

Website of a smart, liberal analyst of American politics:
http://www.emergingdemocraticmajorityweblog.com/donkeyrising/

INCOME INEQUALITY:

Data on income inequality in the U.S.:
http://www.princeton.edu/~joshg/inequality.htm

Website of a group fighting inequality in the US:  the Industrial Areas Foundation
http://www.industrialareasfoundation.org/

WHAT ECONOMISTS SAY ABOUT, WELL, EVERYTHING:

Guide to huge number of economics-related commentaries by UC Berkeley economist Bradford De Long:
http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/Website_Structure/subject_searches.html

FURTHER READING:

Excellent bibliography on everything you need to know about American politics from an historical-institutional perspective:
http://www.umsl.edu/~poldrobe/sy431bib.html