AP American Government: Public Policy Presentation


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Encyclopedias and Reference Book

  • Almanac of American politics. Ref JK 1012 .A44 2012
  • The American economy: a historical encyclopedia. Ref HC102 .A66 2011 2 vols
  • Anti-immigration in the United States: a historical encyclopedia. Ref JV6450 .A67 2011 2 vols
  • Congress A to Z: a ready reference encyclopedia. Ref JK 1067 .C67 1993
  • Congress investigates: a critical and documentary history. Ref KF 4942 .C66 2011 2 vols
  • CQ Press guide to the presidency. Ref JK 516 .G83 2008 2 vols
  • Encyclopedia of American economic history. Ref HC103 .E52 3 vols
  • Encyclopedia of American education. Ref LB 17 .U54 2007 3 vols
  • Encyclopedia of American immigration. Ref JV6465 .E53 2001 4 vols
  • Encyclopedia of American political history. Ref E 183 .E5 1984 3 vols
  • Encyclopedia of American social history. Ref HN57 .E58 1992 3 vols
  • Encyclopedia of Education, 2nd ed., 8v, 2003 (an online ebook)
  • Encyclopedia of federal agencies and commissions. Ref JK 9 .H536 2004 (also an online ebook)
  • Encyclopedia of North American immigration. Ref JV6465 .P68 2005 (also an online ebook)
  • Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. Ref KF 4548 .E53 2000 6 vols (also an online ebook)
  • Encyclopedia of the Democratic Party. Encyclopedia of the Republican Party. Ref JK 2352 .K87 1997 4 vols and 2 suppl.
  • Encyclopedia of the U.S. government and the environment: history, policy, and politics. Ref GE 180 .E53 2011 2 vols
  • Encyclopedia of third parties in America. Ref JK 2261 .E474 2000 3 vols
  • Encyclopedia of U.S. political history. Ref E 183 .E53 2010 7 vols (also an online ebook)
  • Encyclopedia of water politics and policy in the United States. Ref HD 1694.A5 E265 2011
  • A financial history of the United States. Ref HG 181 .M297 2002 3 vols
  • A financial history of the United States [2006-2009]. Ref HG 181 .M298 2011 2 vols
  • Great American court cases. Ref KF 385.A4 G68 1999 4 vols
  • Historic documents. Ref E 839.5 .H57 annual vols 1972-2010
  • Major acts of Congress. Ref KF 154 .M35 2004 3 vols (also an online ebook)
  • Making of modern immigration: an encyclopedia of people and ideas. Ref JV 6450 .M364 2012 2 vols
  • Milestone documents in American history: exploring the primary sources that shaped America. Ref E 173 .M54 2008 4 vols (also online in Salem History)
  • National survey of state laws. Ref KF386 .N38 2008 (also an online ebook)
  • Poverty in the United States : an encyclopedia of history, politics, and policy. Ref HC110.P6 P598 2004. Ref HC110.P6 P598 2004
  • Social history of the United States. Ref HN57 .S622 2009 10 vols
  • Social Policy: Essential primary sources , 2007 (an online ebook)
  • Speeches of the American presidents. Ref J 81.4 .S64 2001
  • United States government manual. Ref JK 421 .A31 2012 (also online at http://www.usgovernmentmanual.gov/)
  • U.S. laws, acts, and treaties. Ref KF 385 .A4 U152 2003 3 vols
  • U.S. laws, acts, and treaties. Ref KF 385 .A4 U152 2003 3 vols
  • The USA and the world. (World Today series). Ref E 183.7 .K45 2011

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see Finding and Evaluating Websites

  • Annenberg Public Policy Center (affiliated with the Univ. of PA, APPC is the premier communication policy center in the country working to improve the well-being of those in the U.S. and around the world).
  • Brookings Institute : U.S. (a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions)
  • GovtInfo.org (Get your questions answered by government information librarians from participating university, state, and public libraries)
  • House.gov (official website of the U.S. House of Representatives)
  • OpenSecrets.org (from the Center for Responsive Politics)
  • Public Agenda (a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps diverse leaders and citizens navigate complex, divisive issues and work together to find solutions.)
  • Pew Research Center (a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.)
  • Senate.gov (official website of the U. S. Senate)
  • USA.gov (the official U.S. government web portal)
  • US Government Manual