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Associations & Societies

American Political Science Association - works to expand awareness and understanding of politics.

IPSA (International Political Science Association)

Canadian Political Science Association

Political Studies Association of the UK



Academic Search Complete - full-text access to journals like Democracy & Nature: The International Journal of Inclusive Democracy, Democratization, The Good Society Journal, and Contemporary Justice Review.

DOAJ - open (i.e. FREE) access to journals such as International Journal of Inclusive Democracy, Peace, Conflict and Development, Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, and Studies in Social Justice.

Global Issues in Context - explores topics in conflict and diplomacy.

JSTOR - full-text access to journals, including Comparative Politics, Background on World Politics and more.

LexisNexis Academic - Access to hundreds of local, national and regional newspapers from around the world.

Social Sciences Full Text - the latest trends, opinions and theories in the field of Social Sciences.



BUBL Directory:Social Sciences - links to political ideologies, processes, international relations, human rights, systems of governments and states, etc.

dmoz Open Directory Project: Politics - current directory of sites on topics such as democracy, political systems, political philosophy, news and media, etc.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Dictionary of Contemporary World History - the most important people, organizations and events that have shaped history from 1900 to present day.

Guide to Countries of the World - succinct overviews of every country in the world, covering political views, economics, religion and social issues.

Dictionary of Political Biography - all the major figures in 20th Century world politics.

Oxford Companion to the Politics of the World - core themes, people, concepts and events that have shaped the world since 1993.

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics - "multi-disciplinary spectrum of political theory including political thinkers, history, institutions and concepts" as well as current events that have shaped attitudes to politics (Home).

Dictionary of the Social Sciences - short definitions of terms rather than long entries "designed to break down the barriers between social science disciplines" (Home).

Oxford Guide to the United States Government - covers key figures, events and structures that have defined the US government over the past 200 years.


Online Journals

Journal of Democracy - published quarterly, this journal analyzes the democratic regimes and movements around the world.

Print Resources

Political Thinking: The Perennial Questions
JA81 T56 2004

John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice
JC578 R383 P638 2007

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
B430 A5 W4 1987

The Real World of Democracy
JC433 M254 1972 

Plato's Five Dialogues (includes Crito)
B358 G7813 2002

Plato's Republic
JC71 P3513 2006 

Hacker's A Writer's Reference
PE1408 H277 2007

Hayden's The Port Huron Statement
LB3610 H39 2005

Hitchcock's Lifeboat
PN1997 L5454 2005


Web Resources

CIA World Factbook - find out about the people, government, history, economy, military, etc. in over 226 countries. Also includes political maps and a guide to country comparisons.

Constitution Finder - links to constitutions, listed alphabetically by country.

Human Rights Watch - multimedia, publications and breaking news from an independent organization "dedicated to protecting and defending human rights" (About).

Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies: Publications - archives articles, reports, research papers, conference reports and book reviews on worldwide political issues in the news.

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) - intergovernmental organization that supports democracy worldwide through information dissemination, policy development, and democratic reform.

Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights - up-to-date information and definitions of terms in topics such as democratization, elections, gender equality, tolerance and non-discrimination.

Open Democracy - a site that aims for the marginalized views and voices to be heard through article submissions and open forums.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - this site "brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world" (About).

UNHDI - latest international human development indicators.

United Nations - access documents like "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights," country profile maps and the latest developments on the advancement of women.

UN Member States: On the Record -"provides direct access to official documents reflecting the views of the United Nations Member States" (Home).

US Department of State - detailed site outlining US foreign policy goals, including human rights, refugees, women's issues and religious freedom.

Worldaudit - geared towards anyone interested in "democracy, human rights, press freedom, corruption and the rule of the law" (Home).

World Bank Data - profiles of over 200 countries & economies and data for over 1200 indicators.

Worldmapper - nearly 700 world maps organized according to subject of interest, including education, housing, health, depletion and much more.



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