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Key Web Resources
The following web sites (and search engines) are a place to start, though they offer just a hint of what's out there.
Statistics & Government Resources
The portal to all official U.S. Government agencies, departments, publications, and more.
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Census data reflects the demographic make-up of the U.S., with figures on family size and structure, income, health insurance coverage, and much, much more.
Founded by statistics whiz Nate Silver, 538 journalists bring the world of statistics to life
UN Statistics Division
The homepage for all topics under the UN's international statistics
Select Research Centers /Public Policy Think Tanks:
Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides reports and statistics on the issues, attitudes and social trends shaping America and the world.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center
The Annenberg Public Policy Center performs research in the fields of political communication, information and society, the media and more
Kaiser Family Foundation
Kaiser is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations.
We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in depth health policy news coverage provided by our news service, KHN, to information young people can use to improve their health or the general public can use to understand the health reform law.
Washington State Institute for Public Policy
Policy areas include child welfare, criminal justice, education, health care, mental health, government, the state economy, and employment/welfare. Each topic links to recent studies and analysis.
Specific Social Issues:
Center on Reinventing Public Education
"CRPE engages in independent research and policy analysis on a range of K-12 public education reform issues, including choice & charters, finance & productivity, teachers, urban district reform, leadership, and state & federal reform."
The Factbook: Eye-Opening Memos on Everything Family
Excellent information on topics like Family Roles and Responsibilities, Word and Play, Children, Love and Marriage, Economic Issues, Families in Crisis, and more.
An online information source on all kinds of topics for men
U.S. Department of Education
Research, statistics, news, policy, and more information on education in the United States.
West Coast Poverty Center
Run through the UW, the Center researches the causes of poverty and effective means to reduce poverty.
Women and Develpment Resources on the Internet
A directory of the Gender and Technology Network
XY describes its focus as men, masculinities, and gender politics.
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The web is a great resource for:
- Government information
- International sources
- Up-to-the-minute news
- Local resources
- Organizations involved in an issue
- Images and video
- and much more
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Effective Web searching
Effective Web Searching
Improve your search results with site-specific searching:
- Government websites: site:.gov
- Educational institutions (but watch out for student work!) site:.edu
- Non-profit organizations (and some businesses) site:.org
- Specific industries and many news sources are commercial enterprises. site:.com
Google Advanced Search
Use this search to help you limit by resource, date and more. Find specific types of websites, such as those created for academic purposes (.edu) or government (.gov).