Social Science


  • Data.gov - The most recent attempt to share aggregated government data in a useful way.
  • Annenberg Political Fact Check - Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major US political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
  • Project Vote Smart - Non-partisan information on the voting records of elected officials.
  • FirstGov - intended as a portal for all U.S. government transactions, services, and information.
  • Fedstats - intended to be a portal to statistics maintained by federal agencies, FedStats provides information for Federal agencies reporting expenditures of at least $500,000 per year in various statistical activities.
  • The CIA World Factbook - Quick reference for statistical information on countries.
  • Nationmaster  - This site compiles national statistics and creates graphical representations by combining information from multiple sources (including CIA World Factbook). Definitely worth a look if you're comparing countries.
  • Culturegrams - This database is like a giant interactive almanac of the world and the states. A great place to look if you're trying to learn details about an unfamiliar place.
  • U.S. Demographics - Free US Demographics from the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Michigan.gov - Web portal for Michigan governmental agencies.
  • Michigan Legislature - Search for bills and compiled laws in the State of Michigan.
  • Supreme Court of the United States or check out OYEZ another repository of Supreme Court information
  • The Library of Congress - an enormous library which citizens of the United States own. This includes:
    • Thomas, a great resource for legislative information and
    • Country Studies, a series that "presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world."
    • American Memory, a large digital collection of mostly primary sources related to American History
  • LOC guide to law online - annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online from the Law Library of Congress. Here is their page on Michigan Law.
  • US Government Printing Office - Here you can access the Budget of the United States Government,a Compilation of Presidential Documents, Congressional Bills, Congressional Documents, Congressional Hearings, the Congressional Record, Congressional Reports, the Federal Register, Public and Private Laws, etc. They also created FDSYS - a digital repository.
  • Faostat - FAOSTAT is a United Nations database that provides time-series and cross sectional data relating to food and agriculture for some 200 countries.