|General Social Science|
|International Relations||Political Science - Effective Citizenship||Sociology|
- Research Resources for the Social Sciences (RRSS)
Organized into 18 categories (anthropology, demography, economics, political science, etc.), RRSS provides extensives links to web sites of interest primarily to students and professionals in the social sciences.
- Social Criticism Review
A collection of links to selected readings in social criticism by authors who may differ from what is often heard in the mainstream media. They cover many issues: progress, science, technology, protest, sustainable development, economics, globalization, multinationals, environment, war, poverty, media, genetic engineering, individual countries, and much more.
- Social Science Data Archives
The SSDA Web site provides links to a wide variety of topics and in the "About Databases" portion expedites access to massive information not available in traditional formats.
- Anthropology Resources on the Internet
Another large Web site that features numerous Anthro links and is maintained by The American Anthropological Association.
- Ethnographic Studies Internet Resource Page
Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this gateway site includes a very large collection of Web resources relating to Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, and Folklife.
- Native American Home Pages
This site provides access to the home pages of individual Native Americans and Nations, and to other sites that provide solid information about American Indian issues.
- African Voices
This site, from the Smithsonian, dynamically presents cross-sections of the history, culture, and art of Africa. The history section offers an interactive timeline providing text and some striking images to narrate Africa's history beginning with the first evidence of human ancestors and continuing to the present day. The themes section features images and text on topics such as wealth and work in Africa, the Kongo Crossroads, and Global Africa.
- WebEc - WWW Resources in Economics
WebEc is an extensive collection of resources organized by subject areas (i.e. General Economics, Micro- and Macroeconomics, Financial Economics, Labor and Demographics, etc.).
Click on the ten best sites or the data collection links. This features data collections such as statistical compendia, regional analyses and socioeconomic forecasts.
- Internet Public Library - Economics
Examples of the many sites found here include the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), USA Today's Economy Track, and OANDA (the currency converter).
- About.com - Economics
This economics guide, run by John Irons, is part of the About.com Web site. It addresses general interest issues and does a good job covering new economic events on the Internet.
- Dismal Scientist
This site offers macro and regional data with analysis plus general commentary.
- CIA World Fact Book
Maps, country flags, and background material on the geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for countries around the globe. Sections include Country Listings, Reference Maps, Notes and Definitions, and Appendixes.
- Map Collections: 1544-1999
Library of Congress site offering many old and new maps, including military, environmental, immigration, transportation, cities, and towns. Search by keyword or browse the indexes. It's possible to zoom in and out, adjusting the map sizes.
- Map History / History of Cartography: THE Gateway to the Subject
Use this site to find information about old maps, both on the web and in the real world. The site's 100 'pages' offer comment and guidance, and 4,500 annotated links - selected for relevance and quality.
- Map Machine
National Geographic Society's electronic maps web site acts as a historical and cultural atlas with Dynamic Maps and Flags and Facts for over 190 independent nations, plus U.S. states and Canadian provinces. There are also maps related to current news stories and links to more map sites.
The National Atlas is the product of the U.S. Geological Service’s coordination of geographically oriented data from more than 20 federal agencies. It portrays a wide range of culture and physical phenomena, including information on health, the environment, demography, agriculture, climate and geology. Of special note is the custom mapping tool, MapMaker, which allows users to create custom maps of any area in the U.S. at any scale.
- Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
A collection of high resolution map scans covering a variety of topics and geographical areas. Especially useful for maps of current topics in the news. Contains numerous links to other map collection sites. An excellent place to start exploring.
- Welcome to Flags of the World
Read more than 14,100 pages about flags and view more than 25,200 images of flags. Searchable by keywords. The Flag Detective gives help identifying flags. Includes a bibliography of flag books and links to other flag sites.
- WWW Virtual Library – International Affairs Resources
This section of the WWW Virtual Library presents over 1800 annotated links that cover a range of international affairs topics or are dedicated to a specific organization, country or region of the world.
- INCORE Internet Country Guides
INCORE (Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity) is a web resource that focuses on providing scholarly information on ethnic conflicts in a few selected countries. Each country guide typically includes an annotated list of topical web sites, reports, news sources, maps and more, often from familiar sources such as CIA World Factbook, Amnesty International, and numerous United Nations web sites. Conflict management/peace studies.
- Nations of the World
From the Law Library of Congress. Includes global and international resources.
- Official Governmental Web Pages by Country
In addition to offering several sites relating to specific countries, this page includes links to the official sites of the United Nations, the European Parliament, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, etc.
- Country Studies: Area Handbook Series
Prepared by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists, this site contains education, health, political, social and economic information from approximately 85 countries. Users can search for information about a country, compare social and political life, and/or learn about current events affecting specific countries.
For related Web sites, see the Government category.
- The Center for Responsive Politics
The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group that specializes in campaign finance. Find information about campaigns, specific politicians, corporations and the political action committees (PAC's) that support them.
- CRS Annotated Constitution
An online, searchable version of the US Constitution available from the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University. This version of the Constitution links to Supreme Court opinions, the United States Code, and the Code of Federal Regulations; it provides enhanced navigation of the text through linked footnotes and tables of contents.
This site allows students to verify the accuracy of political ads, speeches and press releases. It also covers current issues like Supreme Court nominations, the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina. While no source is completely free from errors, this site offers students another perspective to evaluate political issues.
- Government Performance Project
The Government Performance Project (GPP) is the nation’s only source for comprehensive and independent information about state management performance. Includes a “Grading the States” feature that evaluates state performances based on four categories – money, people, infrastructure, and information. The GPP is sponsored by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
- GPO Access
A valuable resource for anyone wanting access to easily searchable text of the Constitution.
- IGC (Institute for Global Communications)
This megasite is targeted to the social activist . Links to PeaceNet, EcoNet, LaborNet, ConflictNet, and WomensNet can be found here as sites for about 400 members such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
The site provides users with the capability to mine three sets of data: bill texts and legislative voting records, supporting/opposing interests for each bill, and campaign contribution data (which comes from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics). One may search for interest groups by category or key name, legislators by clicking on a map or searching by name and bills by subject or keyword/bill number.
- Real Clear Politics
Real Clear Politics is a nonpartisan collector of political content gathered from hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and select blogs across the country and around the world. It is updated throughout the day, seven days a week, and is a useful tool not only for political junkies, but for anyone seeking a variety of political perspectives on current news issues all in one place. Access is free, and no registration is required.
Information on policy issues, elected officials, voting districts, voting records and state election results.
- Who are My Legislators? Wisconsin
- Child Trends
Child Trends, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization under the National Institute of Health and Human Development (which collects and disseminates research relevant to child issues), offers a thematically organized Web site that covers a wide scope of childhood issues particularly interesting to researchers and policy makers.
- Global Distribution of Poverty
This site hosts the Global Poverty Mapping Project, which "seeks to enhance current understanding of the global distribution of poverty and the geographic and biophysical conditions of where the poor live." Provides data in a variety of ways that will appeal to an array of learners and researchers interested in obtaining and using information about poverty, food security, and inequality.
- Guttmacher Institute
A nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education.
- Institute for Women's Policy Research
Contains information relating to the institute’s own research and public policy work in a wide range of social and economic areas. Various publications (fact sheets, news stories, reports, briefs, tools, conference proceedings) can be viewed and printed (PDF format) free or ordered as hard copies at reasonable prices. Features a “Status of Women in the States” report series (including Wisconsin).
- ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
This site contains historical material documenting the experience of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. It contains over two million individual pieces, including more than 16,000 books, 3,600+ titled collections of archived periodicals, 100,000 photographs, 2,300 linear feet of subject files, and thousands of audio/visual materials, posters, paintings, protest signs, buttons, and other memorabilia and realia of all sorts.
- A Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace
This creative Trinity College web site provides numerous links to sociological web resources, as well as an interactive version of the game Sociology Jeopardy.
Enter in a search or browse this gateway site by category.
- Transparency International
This web site provides resources to understand and combat corruption. It describes itself as a politically nonpartisan organization. The site defines corruption as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.” Most of the articles found in this collection are timely and available without charge. A good starting point to begin exploring this global issue.
- Urban Institute
This site provides analysis of policies and programs related to social, civic, and economic issues. It publishes reports that cover a variety of urban topics in both the United States and abroad.
- Violence Against Women
Violence Against Women (VAW), a section of the National Women’s Health Information Center, provides information on a variety of violence issues facing society from domestic or interpersonal violence against women to bullying children and elder abuse. The site is easy to navigate. It includes data on violent acts against women and is a resource for information and help in dealing with personal violence.
- Youth at the United Nations
Deals with a wide variety of global youth issues and provides access to a library of UN documents related to youth.