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Political Science

Research guide for Political Science

Factfinding websites

Think Tanks

A think tank conducts research and often makes policy recommendations. Think tanks often have a political perspective (right or left), but may also describe themselves as non partisan. Keep this in mind and evaluate your results!

The Harvard Kennedy School offers a custom Google search of more than 690 think tanks and research centers.

The think tanks in this search were culled from the University of Pennsylvania's "Global Go-To Think Tanks" rating index. 

Non-partisan research organizations include:

  • Pew Research Center: Non-profit and non-partisan organization that studies U.S. politics and policy, journalism and media, internet, science and technology, religion and public life, Hispanic trends, global attitudes and trends, and U.S. social demographic trends.  
  • Urban Institute: Non-profit research organization that gather and analyze quantitative and qualitative data to measure and explain persistent social and economic challenges as well as emerging trends.

Websites in Political Science

Political Websites and Blogs

A mix of blogs and online news sources from non-partisan, left and right perspectives. Warning: The information in these blogs may have varying degrees of accuracy. Use the CRAAP test to evaluate the information you find.


Political Wire

The National Review Online

Slate's Political Coverage


The Weekly Standard

Roll Call

Guardian's Blogs (U.K newspaper)

Salon's Political Coverage

The American Spectator

Huffington Post

American Conservative

Talking Points Memo