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International Relations

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Political Science - Effective Citizenship

  • 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.

  • Votesmart
    Information on policy issues, elected officials, voting districts, voting records and state election results.

  • Who are My Legislators? Wisconsin

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  • 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.

  • SocioWeb
    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.

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