General Reference Materials
Items in this list are websites and documents that are are factual and research based. These sites address a variety of issue, and none of them is limited to one topic.
Pew is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization global research and public policy organization, dedicated to serving the public. Pew is interested in research, practical knowledge and a robust democracy. Pew's portfolio includes public opinion research; arts and culture; and environmental, health, state and consumer policy initiatives. Click here to browse Pew's reports and data by subject. Each subject page collects all our reports published since 1983. Use Pew's poll questions search tool to search their database of polling questions.
Founded on July 12, 2004, ProCon.org is the country's leading source for pro, con, and related research on controversial issues. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit nonpartisan public charity, ProCon.org uses professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards to explore more than 80 controversial issues from gun control and death penalty to illegal immigration and alternative energy. Understanding issues using this structured methodology helps to improve academic performance, increase civic engagement, strengthen personal resiliency, bridge political divides, and stimulate critical thinking
Project Syndicate produces and delivers original, high-quality commentaries to a global audience in four languages. Featuring exclusive contributions by prominent political leaders, policymakers, scholars, business leaders, and civic activists from around the world, we provide news media and their readers cutting-edge analysis and insight, regardless of ability to pay. Our membership includes over 500 media outlets – more than half of which receive our commentaries for free or at subsidized rates – in 157 countries.
The Cook Political Report is an independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections and campaigns for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, Governors and President as well as American political trends. The Cook Political Report employs what it calls the Cook Partisan Voting Index (the PVI), which lists each congressional district in the country according to propensity for voting Democratic or Republican. Every four years following a presidential election, the PVI is updated to reflect how Democratic or Republican a district is, based on how that district voted in the presidential election compared with the rest of the country.
Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of more than 275 million people. VOA produces content for digital, television, and radio platforms. It is easily accessed via your mobile phone and on social media. It is also distributed by satellite, cable, FM and MW, and is carried on a network of approximately 2,200 affiliate stations. Since its creation in 1942, Voice of America has been committed to providing comprehensive coverage of the news and telling audiences the truth. Through World War II, the Cold War, the fight against global terrorism, and the struggle for freedom around the globe today, VOA exemplifies the principles of a free press. VOA is part of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), the government agency that oversees all non-military, U.S. international broadcasting. It is funded by the U.S. Congress.
In 1,095 days, President Trump has made 16,241 false or misleading claims: The Fact Checker’s ongoing database of the false or misleading claims made by President Trump since assuming office. A searchable database organized by subject of Trump's claims, updated daily and tracked cumulatively by week and month. Washington Post Fact Checker
Fact Checker: The Biggest Pinocchios of 2019