Great Websites for Political and Social Science Research

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Great Websites

The list below identifies some great political science and social science websites. I found them useful in the research for my book. The title of my book is “Proposals for Separating Money and Politics”.

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AMERICA’S FOUNDERS WEBSITES:

Founders Online This site provides correspondence and other writings of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and many more.
Constitution Society This site contains information to help one decide what is and is not constitutional. Also explains what applicable constitutions require one to do.
University of Chicago – The Founders’ Constitution This site offers documents ranging from the early 1600’s to the 1830s. The writings range from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets and from public debates to private correspondence.
Massachusetts Historical Society – This site assembles personal papers of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. It also contains accounts of the lives of thousands of ordinary Americans as well.
The Washington Papers – This site offers a collection of comprehensive letterpress and digital editions of George Washington’s family’s correspondence. It includes over 135,000 documents.
Jefferson Papers – Princeton University – This site provides examples of writings by (and to) Thomas Jefferson. It also contains accurate transcriptions and clear annotation of the documents in their historical context.
America’s Founding Documents – This site provides short biographies of all the members of the Constitutional Convention. It also indicates those who refused to sign the U.S. Constitution.

HISTORICAL FIGURE WEBSITES:

Abraham Lincoln Online – This site provides everything you ever wanted to know about Abraham Lincoln. In addition, it provides extensive indexing and search tools.
Ronald Reagan Library – The official site for the Ronald Reagan Presidential library includes over 60 million pages of documents. It includes photographs, films, and audio and video tapes as well.
The Walden Woods Project – Keeping Thoreau’s Legacy Alive – This site preserves the land, literature and legacy of Henry David Thoreau. It also attempts to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
G. K. Chesterton – This site is devoted solely to this great author and philosopher, including his writings and audio recordings. Also includes biographies, picture archives, and links to related sites and books about him.

GENERAL AMERICAN HISTORY WEBSITES:

Teaching American History – This site helps teachers bring the documents and debates of America’s past into the present. As examples, it includes document based seminars, document collections, a web based document library, and other resources.
U.S. History – This site covers U.S. history through primary source material. In particular, it includes key documents and speeches that all well-informed citizens of the United States should be familiar with.
Colonial Williamsburg – Life – Politics – This site contains documents regarding “Politics in Colonial Virginia”. Specifically, it covers the periods before and after American Independence, as well as biographical material.
Our Documents – 100 Milestone Documents – These documents were compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration. They are drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings, and they chronicle U.S. history from 1776 to 1965.
House Divided – Dickinson College – Experience America from the period of 1840 to 1880 from a fresh perspective. For example, use the research engine to see why a generation of Americans chose to wage war with each other.
Library of Congress (LOC) – The official website of the LOC provides various tools for searching and browsing digital editions of its holdings, including papers of the founding fathers.
Library of America – This collection encompasses all periods and genres. Those include acknowledged classics, neglected masterpieces, and historically important documents and texts. It also includes resources for researching our nation’s written heritage.

GENERAL WORLD HISTORY WEBSITES:

Yale Law School – The Avalon Project – This site provides documents from ancient to modern times regarding Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy, and Government. In addition, it links to supporting documents.
History Things – This site provides a broad range of information on American, European, and general world history. For example, it includes a collection of the writings of Alexander Hamilton.
History – The official site of the History TV channel provides a wide range of topics. For example, it includes many personalities and events surrounding the American War for Independence.

CONSERVATIVE VIEWPOINT WEBSITES:

The Online Library of Liberty – This library provides resources regarding individual liberty. It has been recognized by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The American Vision – This organization’s mission is to restore America to its Biblical foundation. For example, it provides resources to exhort Christian families and individuals to live by a Bible based worldview.
Convention of States – This organization calls for a convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. The purpose would be to propose amendments to limit federal spending, power, jurisdiction, and terms of office.
Family Guardian – This Christian ministry is dedicated to protecting families from extortion, persecution, etc. Furthermore, it advocates personal liberty, personal responsibility, small constitutional government, local sovereignty, and faith.
Mises Institute – This site is dedicated to the work of Ludwig Von Mises, a member of the Austrian School of economics. This “School” included Friedrich Hayek, who opposed the teachings of the British economist, John Maynard Keynes.

LIBERAL VIEWPOINT WEBSITES:

Panarchy – This site provides a wide selection of essays, videos, etc. For example, it advocates for an individual’s right to choose any form of government without being forced to move from their current locale.
Fact Check – This site comments upon the validity of various political and other statements or widely held beliefs. Many say the site tends to be biased to the left.
Robert Reich – This author and Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton is known for his support for capitalism with a liberal progressive flavor.
NP (no problem) Boards – This site provides numerous discussion boards for politics, current events, religion, philosophy, and many other subjects.
Investopedia – Keynesian Economics – This page describes the views of economist John Maynard Keynes. For example, he taught that government should lower taxes and increase spending on public works to overcome the Great Depression.

QUOTE LISTINGS AND ANALYSIS WEBSITES:

Wikiquote – This is a free online compendium of sourced quotations in every language. It also includes translations of non-English quotes, and links to Wikipedia for further information.
Brainy Quote – This site provides quotes that are apparently selected according to their thoughtfulness or cleverness, in the eyes of the site managers.
Quote Investigator – This site specializes in investigating the source of quotes whose source is questionable. That is, a source may be popularly attributed based on mere hearsay, with no written proof.
This Day in Quotes – These quotations and phrases are linked to each day of the year. It links to book purchase sites as well, and investigates the quote sources.

PUBLIC DOMAIN INFORMATION WEBSITES:

Fair Use Repository – This site’s purpose is to make citation easy for researchers and readers. It also encourages best practices in using semantic HTML for document mark up.
Project Gutenberg – This library of over 60,000 public domain eBooks is free for download or online viewing. A great many of the books quoted in my book were downloaded from this site.
Wikisource – This library of public domain texts is available for free redistribution. The site is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation, and a sister to Wikipedia.
Internet Archive – The “Way Back Machine” is a library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and websites. Explore more than 380 billion web pages saved over time.

ENCYCLOPEDIC WEBSITES:

Wikipedia – This internet encyclopedia can be edited by anyone. Currently, it contains almost six million articles in the English language on a vast array of subjects.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary – This is the online version of the famous dictionary and thesaurus. It also provides numerous videos, vocabulary tests, etc.
Encyclopedia Britannica – This is the online version of the famous encyclopedia. It also provides educational products, special interest articles, etc.

MISCELLANEOUS WEBSITES:

Social Science Research Network – This site specializes in social science links. But it also links to an array of networks covering many scientific disciplines.
HathiTrust – A global partnership of major research institutions and libraries preserves our cultural record. It collaborates with other organizations to collect, organize, and preserve a record of human knowledge.
Marxist Internet Archive – This collection of writings about Marxism comes from a broad selection of writers of many political persuasions. No particular views are endorsed by the maintainers.
JSTOR – This organization digitally and permanently stores and provides access to more than 12 million documents. Those include academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.
Taylor and Francis Group – This group partners with numerous publishing professionals. Disciplines include the humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, general science, technology, and medicine.
Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund – This group works with communities to stand against oppression. it fights unjust laws that large economic powers have created in their own favor.
Community Rights, US – This national team of professionals works with communities to pass locally enforceable laws. They seek to protect people and nature from corporate destructive practices.

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