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Political Science Research Guide: Political Web Sites

Provides and introduction to key resources used when looking for research materials in the field of Political Science

Poltical Party Sites


United States

Political Resources Sites


  • Elections Almanac
    Site has links to News Feeds and Current Elections data for Canada and the United States.
  • Canadian Politics on the Web
    Links people to thousands of sites dealing with Facts, Canadian Federal and Provincial Government, Canadian Legal System, Political Parties, Interest Groups, Elections, and a Wide array of topics in Canadian Politics.
  • Maple Leaf Web
    With information on Canadian Politics including links to Feature Discussions, Blogs, Discussion Forums, Cartoons, the Voter Almanac, the most recent election (2008) and Web Polls, it is a Rich Array of information pertaining to politics in Canada.
  • Canadian Elections Study
    This sites main objective is to explain what makes people decide to vote (or not to vote), and, if they do, what makes them decide to support a given party or candidate, and why parties gain or lose ground from one election to another.

United States

  • Real Clear Politics
    News and Analysis of Political Activity in the United States including Electoral Maps, American Polls, etc. 

Political Fact Checking


  • During Elections each media outlet has vowed to check the accuracy of claims on a day to day basis and report on them in the news.   
  • FACTSCAN will check the facts on claims and rate them.

United States

    Produced by the Annenburg Public Policy Center, checks comments made against information sources and either verifies the statement, qualifies the statement or calls a statement false.
  • Washington Post Fact Checker
    Fact Checks and rates comments by elected officials.
  • PolitiFact.Com 
    This Pulitzer Prize winning site by the Tampa Bay Times, has its Journalists and Editors going over assertions by elected officials and campaign advertising. 
  • Wikileaks
    Winner of the 2008 Economist Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression award and the 2009 Amnesty International human rights reporting award, Wikileaks is a journalist controlled site that ensures anonymity for people wishing to leak documents.  Uploaded documents are routed via Sweden and Belgium which have first rate journalist-source shield laws.
  • ProPublica (2010 & 2011 Pulitzers)
    An independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Recipient of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting and a 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting."

  • Reporters without Borders

  • Pew Center for Civic Journalism

  Political Analysis Programming


  • The House
    CBC's Weekly broadcast - available in audio - covers political events and interviews political newsmakers.
  • Power &  Politics  with Rosemary Barton
    Provides an in-depth look at that intersection point where politicians, policy, and power meet the people who are affected. Evan will take you through the day's political news, offering a daily topical discussion of key issues affecting Canadians.

United States

Political Contributions Web Sites

United States

  • Maplight
    Created by a nonpartisan organization devoted to the impact of money on politics, this site is hosted on Google Fusion and contains downloadable tables. It states:

    "Citizens, journalists, and programmers can now view, search, sort, filter, and visualize (with charts, line graphs, bar graphs, scatter plots, and timelines) federal campaign contributions using Google Fusion Tables. Data can also be merged with outside databases, and visualizations can be easily embedded into blogs, media sites, and more."

  • OpenSecrets.Org
    Nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy.  As part of their site they have the Lobbying Database with information on the amount of lobbying dollars given to elected officials in the U.S.

  • Federal Elections Commission
    Campaign Finance Data


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