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POLS 205: Citizen Participation and Public Policy: Information on the free web

This is a guide to resources which support the study of public policy making in the American political system. See also the Political Science Generally guide.

Good sources for public policy information on the world wide web. Selected by the Political Science liaison librarian.

Great information is produced by the U.S. government

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Evaluating web sites

Who is responsible for the content?  See "About Us."


Are biases clearly stated?


Is there a hidden agenda?


​Is it really research?  or commentary? Is it reporting? or editorial?


What kind of domain is it?

  • .edu=educational institution
  • .com=commercial/business
  • .org=non-profit organization
  • .gov=governmental agencies

Government sources

Non-governmental sources