Flocabulary: Week in Rap
Social Issues Portals
Demotix (citizen journalism)
Public Agenda Online Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization.
AllSides.com: Left, right, center--you decide
DebateGraph Mindmapping issues: Click on the bubbles to learn more about us – and log-in to create free public and private maps on any topic.
Gallop Organization and Social Issues and Policy Articles and statistics based on polling data.
10 X 10 (100 words and pictures that define the time)
Multinomah County Public Library Social Issues page
President Obama's Weekly Address
CQ Researcher Feed
Votetocracy is a place where every citizen can see every bill currently in congress, vote on those bills and send those votes to their representatives. The site was created by three regular citizens that felt it was time to get engaged with American politics. During our efforts to become more educated about our government we discovered that it was not all that easy. We found plenty of information. But it is written in difficult to understand political speak. We also found that it was not particularly easy to act on this information. When we found bills on government websites we had no measurable way to act on it. Sure, you could write a letter or contact our representatives, but had no real way of knowing that it would actually accomplish anything. These things felt like barriers. It was then that we decided that there had to be a better way and Votetocracy is the the result of our efforts.
The site has the tools necessary for any citizen to find out what congress is working on. More importantly however is the ability to act on that information. We have created the site so that citizens can vote on the same bills as congress, send their vote to their representatives with the click of the button.
We feel there are three major areas that we can help citizens.
- Access to information
- Education about that information
- And to provide the ability to act on that information and measure the results
Just the issues (databases)
Adjust news to reading and grade level.
Contemporary News Sources
Nationmaster (global statistics)
Public Agenda: Resources for Public Engagers
Biography in Context
TV News Search & Borrow
Current History Magazine
ProQuest Historic Newspapers
ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry: Business, Economics: trade and industry periodicals. Search more than 1200 business periodicals with a trade or industry focus. Provides users with the latest industry news, product and competitive information, marketing trends, and a wide variety of other topics. Contains publications on every major industry, including finance, insurance, transportation, construction, and many more.
Find the Data
Sort through a growing number of databases that are fully sortable, filterable and