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POLITICAL SCIENCE: Free-Access Resources

Ready Reference Items

Political science-related resources available at Ready Reference Desk (1st floor)

They can be checked out for in-LWLC use for 2 hours.



Free-Access Websites

Alabama Mosaic (AVL) - Digital repository of images relating Alabama’s history, culture, places, and people.

Aluka - Digital library of resources from and about Africa. Page leads to links for both digital collections.

BlackPast - Reference and primary source center related to African American and African history.

Census Bureau - Population, economic, and social data as compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.

CORE – COnnecting REpositories - Open access research outputs from repositories and journals throughout the world.

Documenting the American South - Sixteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs related to southern history, literature, and culture.

Electronic State Publications Collection of Alabama - Various publications from many agencies, boards, and commissions within Alabama state government.

Encyclopedia of Alabama - History, culture, geography, and natural environment of Alabama.

Federal Digital System - Electronic access to information products produced by the Federal Government’s Government Printing Office.

Homeland Security Digital Library - Documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. - Reference site featuring an almanac, atlas, calculator/charts, dictionary, encyclopedia, images, and top 10 lists.

Pew Internet & American Life - Information on issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world.

Pew Social & Demographic Trends - Pew reports written from 2005 along with photographs, charts, graphs, and datasets.

Public Agenda for Citizens - Non-partisan information on public policy issues along with editorials.

State Agency Databases - Links to information published by state, subject, and other resources.

Statistical Abstract of the United States - Digital version of the Statistical Abstract of the United States providing U.S. social, political and economic data from 1878 to 2012. - Nonprofit, nonpartisan new site reporting on trends and issues in state policy and politics.

World Factbook - Published by the Central Intelligence Agency, this factbook provides political and economic information for every country and territory.

Blogs and Useful Websites

These are additional free resources related to Political Science with links to other websites and resources:

American Political Science Association

Political Science: Blogs (Marquette University) - Useful assessment questions along with list of blogs covering different opinions and descriptions.

Political Science / Public Policy Resources: Web Sites (Michigan State University) - Selected websites are listed but the number of tabs to other lists is immense! 

Political Science Resources ( - Professional organizations, open access journals, blogs, and recommended Twitter feeds.

Top 10 Political Blogs on the Internet Today ( - List of some of the best political blogs currently.

Top 100 Political Science Blogs and Websites by Political Sciences (Feedspot) - Per search and social activity, this list is updated weekly.

Useful Websites: Political Science (University of Kentucky) - Links to political parties, government departments, news organizations, interest groups, and research links (note: you'll get better access to JSTOR and Lexis Nexis [now Nexus Uni] here!)

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