US and NC Government

This Guide builds on the resources found in the main Public and International Affairs guide. This guide focuses exclusively on resources for research on United States political affairs, and should be used in conjunction with the PIA guide.


State Government Websites

North Carolina Official Website

Website providing information and resources for living, working, learning, and exploring the state. Also includes information about state government, organizations, and jobs.

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North Carolina Crime Statistics

Resource provides information on crime reporting. Includes statistics, information on concealed handgun permits, sex offender registry, and traffic stops.

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North Carolina Department of Commerce

The state's lead agency for economic, community, and workforce development.

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Office of the Governor of North Carolina

Website provides information on the governor of North Carolina. It also includes recent news, press releases, and executive orders, and provides information on current issues such as healthcare, the environment, jobs/economy, and education.

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Follow the Money

Resource provided by the National Institute on Money in Politics which compiles comprehensive campaign-donor, lobbyist, and other information from government disclosure agencies to make freely available on the site.

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North Carolina General Assembly

Use this web site as a tool to track bills, find and communicate with your state House and Senate members, and to follow chamber activity, meetings and issues before the General Assembly.

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Campaigns and Elections Websites

Federal Election Commission

Official website for the Federal Election Commission, which administers and enforces the statute that governs the financing of federal elections.

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Project Vote Smart

Their mission is to provide "free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to all Americans."

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New Hanover County Board of Elections

Resource contains information on New Hanover County elections. Provides information about voting and registration, candidates, and public information about Board of Elections meetings and voting locations.

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American National Election Studies

Data on voting, public opinion, and political participation produced by the American National Election Services (ANES).

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US Political Parties

Communist Party USA

Official website for the U.S. Communist Party.

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Democratic National Committee

Official website for the U.S. Democratic Party.

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Green Party USA

Official website for the U.S. Green Party.

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Libertarian Party

Official website for the U.S. Libertarian Party.

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Natural Law Party

Official website of the U.S. Natural Law Party.

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Republican National Committee

Official website for the U.S. Republican Party.

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World Socialist Web Site

Published by the leadership of the world socialist movement.

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Recomended Databases for researching US government

Official website for U.S. federal legislative information. Provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. Usually updated the morning after session adjourns.

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Congressional Record

Official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published daily while Congress is in session. Each daily issue is published with a summary of the day's floor and committee activities. Provides record volumes from 1994 to present.

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CQ Press Library

The definitive reference resource for research in American government, current public and international affairs, history, politics, public policy, and data analysis for the social sciences. Search or browse across all CQ Press Library collections: CQ Almanac Online, CQ Researcher Online, CQ Weekly, Political Handbook of the World, Politics in America, Voting and Elections Collection, and Supreme Court Yearbook.

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Contains more than 1,200 law and law-related periodicals. Coverage is from the first issue published for all periodicals and goes through the most-currently published issues allowed based on contracts with publishers. Retrieve articles by citation, browse, or search across nearly 50 million pages of content. HeinOnline also contains many useful resources for criminology, and public and international affairs, such as the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S.

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CQ Researcher

The CQ Researcher explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week.

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Historical Statistics of the United States

This five-volume reference work reflects thirty years of new data and scholarship. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field.

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Statistical Abstract of the United States

The Statistical Abstract is the best known and most popular single source of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. This database is designed to serve as a convenient, easy-to-use statistical reference source and as a guide to statistical publications and sources.

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Federal Government Websites


Company focused on delivering timely and relevant government policy information. FiscalNote can be used for policy news and analysis, tracking, stakeholder management, collaboration, and advocacy tools.

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U.S. House of Representatives

Official website for the United States House of Representatives.

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U.S. Senate

Official website for the United States Senate.

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The White House

Official website for the White House (executive branch of federal government).

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Supreme Court

Official website of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The Cabinet, and Cabinet Agencies

The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General.

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U.S. Federal Judiciary

Official website for the U.S. federal judicial branch.

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Open Secrets

Website provides data, information, and articles tracking money involved in U.S. politics. Includes top contributors and donation amounts to campaign funds for officeholders, including Members of Congress and Presidential Appointees. Also includes information on elections, fundraising, and lobbying.

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