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Annenberg Public Policy Center

The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania has been" the premier communication policy center in the country since its' founding in 1993".  APPC’ conducts research in the areas of politics, campaign finance, children’s television, Internet privacy and the tone of discourse in Washington.


Frontline is a PBS series that examines issues in public affairs. Each program has a companion web site including a transcript, in-depth reports and view comments.

Polls, daily news, and public opinion on government, economics and politics.. 

Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

"Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format."


"investigative journalism in the public interest". Browse for topic ideas under the "Investigations" tab or check the "Tools & Data" tab for graphics.


Rand's research is "rigorous and objective" with an emphasis on public policy issues. Regardless of the research sponsor, work is free of commercial, partisan, and ideological bias. Their research is peer-reviewed by experts inside and outside of RAND.

United Nations Global Issues

Created by the United Nations, this website offers an overview of global issues with links to other resources where you can find additional information.


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All guides are available under the CC-BY-NC-SA license.