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Social Science electronic resources: Gateways and Portals

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AccessToLaw Legal resources selected and annotated by Inner Temple Library.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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ASIL Guide to electronic resources for international law and database of links produced by the American Society for International Law. Follow the links under RESOURCES from the home page.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Asylum Support Provides links to resources relating to asylum and refugees, conflict, deportation, detention, human rights and trafficking
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Biz/Ed Internet service for business and economics students and teachers consisting of a catalogue of websites in field, learning materials, economic, business, finance and demographic datasets, and factual information about leading companies to be used in case studies.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Braintrack Over 5,500 links to higher education institutions in 161 countries.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Charity Choice An encyclopaedia of charities on the Web.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Development Gateway An interactive site for information on development and poverty reduction, the Development Gateway Portal provides a space for communities [worldwide] to share experiences on development efforts. Search by keyword or browse by country or topics (aid effectiveness, gender and development, microfinance, water resources, etc) for knowledge sharing, completed and ongoing projects and business information.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA) The Institute of Education’s UK Digital Education Repository Archive (DERA) is a digital archive of documents published electronically by government and other relevant bodies in the areas of education, training, children and families.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Discover Society Collection of articles, comment and briefings on social policy.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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E-Library for Global Welfare A collection of online resources for international and comparative policy analysis, research and teaching.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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Economic and Social Research Council The ESRC Society Today site is a portal which includes news articles, interviews and focus pieces that highlught the role of social science research in society. There is also access to full text of ESRC research findings, a directory of researchers and details of funding opportunities.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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ELDIS ELDIS is the gateway to development information on the web. It maintains a collection of 18,000 full text online documents, over 30 subject-based resource guides and country briefings and profiles.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Epolitix A UK political news service supplied by Parliamentary Communications Ltd. It provides to recent news from the House of Commons and House of Lords, including a section on Bills in progress. Also offers access to the full text of the weekly House Magazine which provides details of current Parliamentary activity and political commentary. Through its Forum it also gives access to companies', charities and voluntary sector organisations' government/public affairs microsites. Each microsite contains policy statements, manifestos, contact details and links.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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European Library The European Library webservice is a portal which offers access to the combined resources (books, magazines, journals.... - both digital and non-digital) of the 43 national libraries of Europe. It offers free searching and delivers digital objects - some free, some priced.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Fedstat Comprehensive listing of the statistical programmes of 70 US federal government agencies.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Find your local council Search for the contact details and website for your local council, using an interactive map or search screen.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Findlaw Extensive site with links to worldwide legal information.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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FirstGov Official website for searching for US government information. Provides links to the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the federal government, a search engine, and facilities for browsing by subject.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Globalex Offers a collection of guides to the legal systems of a range of countries maintained by New York University Law School.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Governments on the WWW This database includes links to parliaments, executive agencies, law courts, embassies and consulates, and political parties.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Gov.uk The main UK Government web portal, providing information for the citizen and hosting the corporate websites of most departments and agencies. These will give access to policy information and publications, including statistics and consultations.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Guide to Law Online: Nations of the World An annotated compendium of Internet links to legal web sites, focussing on those which offer full text of legal materials
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Info for Local Government Links to local government information on the websites of UK central government departments and agencies.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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InfoLaw Gateway Gateway to UK legal resources on the web.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Infomine Is intended for the introduction and use of Internet/Web resources of relevance to academic staff, students and researchers at university level. It includes databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, listservs, and library catalogues in all disciplines including the social sciences.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Jurist World Law Site offers guides to the legal systems of a range of jurisdictions. In the "From our foreign corrsepondent pages", legal experts comment on recent developments in their home countries.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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King’s Fund An independent healthcare charity working primarily to improve the health of Londoners through research and development work. Also maintains a very comprehensive set of links covering NHS and UK government sites, policy and research organisations and subject specific sites in field arranged alphabetically under broad subject headings.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Lawlinks Annotated list of websites compiled by the Law Library of the University of Kent at Canterbury.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Local Authorities Gateway to National Support The gateway to news, information, resources and services for local government.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Moving Ideas

Moving Ideas is a network of over 250 US nonprofit organizations at the forefront of progressive policy and advocacy work and links nonprofits with the public as a resource for education and direct action.  Through syndicating content from nonprofit groups and aggregating the latest news, policy reports, action alerts, and even jobs and events by searchable categories, Moving Ideas enables civic-minded people to help make the world better, and nonprofits connect with those people more efficiently.  Through continually updated content on throughout the site, original, in-depth issue backgrounds, and newsletters which include action alerts from our nonprofit members, Moving Ideas, provides the largest online network of individuals and nonprofit groups making a difference.
This site is freely available on the Internet.

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Nationmaster NationMaster is a vast compilation of statistical data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD and offers a user friendly means of graphically comparing nations.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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OAIster Collection of freely available academically-oriented full-text digital resources maintained by the University of Michigan
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web Country lists give links to web pages provided by statistical offices, central banks and government departments whereas the topics list is comprised of links to the statistics pages of inter-governmental organisations.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Oultwood Links to local authority websites in the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Southern Ireland.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Parline Database Includes general information on each of the Parliament’s Chambers, a description of the electoral system, results of the most recent elections, information on the presidency of each chamber, information on the mandate and status of members of Parliament, and links to the Parliament’s website.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Pinakes Site maintained by Delhi University Library System which aims to provide links to the major Internet subject gateways.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Ploteus The section on education systems provides detailed information on the national education and training systems of all member states from primary to post-graduate level.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Police Services of the UK Official list of police forces and police related organisations.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Poverty reduction and equity Poverty data and analysis.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Resources for Economists on the Internet This guide lists 2,100 resources in 97 sections and sub-sections available on the Internet of interest to academic and practicing economists, and those interested in economics. Almost all resources are also described.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Richard Kimber’s Political Science Resources Attempts to provide links to the most significant political science websites, focusing on the UK and the US, and especially election data.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Scottish Executive The official web site of the devolved government of Scotland.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Social Security Web Sites around the World Links to social security agencies and organisations worldwide maintained by the US Social Security Administration.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Social Policy and Social Work (SWAP) Site includes a useful links page, which can be found by clicking on the Resources button on the home page.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Sociosite Based at the University of Amsterdam, this is the best and most comprehensive listing of sociological sites on the web so far found. Follow the links to subject areas, journals and libraries.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Teacher Reference Center Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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University of Michigan Documents Center Gives links to US Federal Government, Foreign Governments, International Agencies, US State and local governments.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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USGPO-Access The official US Government Printing Office’s gateway to Federal government information. Gives quick links providing direct access to the Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, US Code, Congressional Record, Documents and Reports, Congressional Hearings, GAO reports, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Public Laws, Bills, etc.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Virtual Library The VL is the oldest catalogue of the Web and is run by a loose confederation of volunteers. It can be searched by keyword or browsed using alphabetical subject headings. It covers all subjects, including the social sciences.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Vox Portal containing full-text analysis and comment articles from some of Europe's leading economists. It is run the by Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and has an archive that is searchable by tag, subject, author or keyword. Users can subscribe to RSS feeds to be alerted to new content, and registered users can comment on articles.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Welsh Government Links to websites of the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Assembly Government.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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World Legal Information Institute A global index and search engine for law.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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World Wide Resources in Ageing Links to websites of organisations active in the field of older age arranged geographically.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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