Political Science

Political Science

This is a selective list of Web resources relevant to the study of political science. It povides links to more comprehensive guides and to selected resources that are particularly valuable or offer unique features. A separate guide, Political Science: Selected Library Resources, covers printed and electronic resources available outside of the Internet and the Web.

Guides to Internet Resources in Political Science

Political Science Journals - Full Text

  • JSTOR (Stanford access only)
    The JSTOR project provides browsing, searching, and printing of the full text of selected key journals in various disciplines. Initial focus was on economics, history, and ecology, but political science journals are now represented by the American Political Science Review and early years of the Proceedings of the American Political Science Association. For most journals emphasis is on complete coverage of back sets, but the most recent years are not included. Note that printing requires downloading a helper application available at the JSTOR site.
  • Project Muse (Stanford access only)
    Project Muse is a subscription service from Johns Hopkins University Press that provides full texts of journals published by the Press. In contrast to JSTOR's restrospective coverage, Project Muse emphasizes recent issues. Project Muse journals of relevance to political science include Human Rights Quarterly, and Journal of Democracy, and SAIS Review, as well as World Politics.
  • Law and Politics Book Review
    This is an electronic periodical from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. It was founded by Herbert Jacob and is edited by C. Neal Tate of the University of North Texas.

Political Science at Stanford

Political Science Departments and Associations Outside of Stanford

Political Science Discussion Groups

Guides to Data on the Internet

  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
    Stanford is a member of ICPSR. Data available from ICPSR is frequently already owned by Stanford (use the Socrates or the Socrates II Webcat online catalogs as a first check) and is made available through the Academic Data Service. ICPSR data sets not already owned by Stanford can be acquired for Stanford users by SSDS (Social Science Data and Software). The ICPSR Web site offers extensive, searchable information on ICPSR data sets. For more information, contact the SSDS (Social Science Data and Software) via the library homepage or contact Stanford's Official Representative to ICSPR, Ron Naka, at
  • Social Science Data on the Net (U.C. San Diego)
    An excellent annotated guide to Social Science data on the Internet, as well as data archives and searchable catalogs.
  • Council for European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA)
    The CESSDA sute orivudes access to a "common integrated data catalogue" for social science data archives, a clickable map with links to selected archives, and other information.

Election Information and Data

  • National Election Studies
    Information and selected online data sets (and codebooks) from the National Election Studies at the Center for Political Studies of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Online files include the Cumulative Data File 1952-1994 and the 1994 Election Study. (Check also in Socrates for ICSPR tapes owned by Stanford and made available through the Academic Data Service.)
  • Lijphart Election Archive (UCSD)
    The Archive, housed at University of California - San Diego, provides holdings information about print and online data, as well as access to data when available, from national legislative elections in some 26 countries.
  • PARLINE Database
    PARLINE was developed by the InterParliamentary Union. It draws information about national legislatures around the world from official parliamentary sources, and it also includes selected results of recent elections.
  • Parliamentary and Presidential Elections around the World
    Information, links, and selected results to elections around the world; maintained by Wilfried P.C.G. Derksen.
  • VoteWorld.
    A central website that archives, maintains, and distributes datasets of roll-call voting from legislative bodies throughout the international community. Includes, for ex., Voteview and Poole Rosenthal.

Quick Directory and Statistical Information

  • Almanac of American Politics (2002)
    The Almanac provides profiles and anlayses of members of Congress and Governors, as well as their districts and states. It includes election result summaries, ratings by interest and advocacy groups and also offers browsing and search capabilities. The printed Almanac of American Politics is available in Green Library Reference (Ref JK1012.A44).
  • World Political Leaders, 1945-2005
    Names of political leaders of most countries of the world, with additional lists for political obituaries, women leaders, etc. From Roberto Ortiz de Zarate at the University of the Basque Country.
  • Stat-USA(Stanford Access through Jonsson Government Documents only)
    STAT-USA is a fee-based online source for business and economic information produced by the U.S. Federal Government. Files include National Trade Data Bank, National Economic, Social & Environment Data Bank, and data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (1996)
    Selected tables of the Statistical Abstract, including versions using Adobe Acrobat PDF format; from the U.S. Census Bureau's Web site.

Government Publications on the Internet

  • GPO Access
    GPO Access provides online searching of U.S. federal documents information. These two sites provide a choice of user interfaces
  • Jonsson Library of Government Documents
    The Jonsson Library Web pages provide detailed information about the collections and services for government publications, as well as links to Web resources from government and international organization sources.
  • Congressional Compass (Stanford Access Only)
    This is a comprehensive Web site for U.S. Congressional information from Congressional Information Service, Inc. Highly recommended.

Public Opinion Polls

Subject Guides

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