U.S. Government On-line

Given the thousands of Web sites with information about government-related topics, finding the right sites can be intimidating. Here are some recommendations and places to start.

Encourage students to go straight to the source. Without that data, they will not learn to separate facts from fiction in the media.

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Ballotpedia is a non-partisan, online encyclopedia of American politics. They provide objective information about politics, influencers, and present & past elections. The cover not only national politics, but…  learn more

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Congressional Budget Office

Since 1975, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has produced independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process. Each year, this nonpartisan agency produces dozens…  learn more

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Federal Election Commission

The Federal Election Commission not only provides help for political candidates and committees, but tracks campaign contributions and expenditures and publishes that information here. Historical data is available,…  learn more

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National Centers for Environmental Information

NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) hosts and provides public access to one of the most significant archives for environmental data on Earth. Through the Center for…  learn more

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World's Smallest Politcal Quiz

The World's Smallest Political Quiz (10 questions) lets students deduce their inclinations and, more importantly, let them start to understand what the labels - Liberal, Conservative, Libertarian, Statist…  learn more

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History & Social Studies Lesson Plans

The National Endowment for the Humanities has assembled 426 different lesson plans covering everything from A Raisin in the Sun and Common Sense to Angkor Wat and What…  learn more

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Data.gov is the home of the U.S. Government's open data. Here you and your students will find the data, tools, and resources to conduct research, design data visualizations,…  learn more

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Polling Report

For raw data and learning about polling questions and procedures, check out Polling Report.  learn more

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USA.gov Web Portal

USA.gov is the federal government's online guide to government information and services. Pick the topic and you can get information on it here. USA.gov provides a portal to…  learn more