Science Policy Resources


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Congressional Directory


U.S. House of Representatives

Office of the Clerk

Unites States Code OR (includes all U.S. Laws)

U.S. Senate

Library of Congress

Congressional Research Service

Congressional Budget Office

Government Accountability Office

Government Printing Office

Office of Tech. Assessment Archive

Legislative Information System

THOMAS (Public Legislative Info)

Info via Capitol Advantage


Open CRS

Project Vote Smart

Research Caucus

  • Bimber, Bruce. The Politics of Expertise in Congress: The Rise and Fall of the Office of Technology Assessment. SUNY Press, 1996.
  • Burns, Ken. The Congress (DVD). Public Broadcasting Service, 1996
  • Greenberg, Ellen. The House and Senate Explained: The People’s Guide to Congress. W. W. Norton & Company, 1996.
  • Hamilton, Lee H. How Congress Works and Why You Should Care. Indiana University Press, 2004.
  • ** Koempel, Michael L. and Schneider, Judy. Congressional Deskbook: The Practical and Comprehensive Guide to CongressThe Capital.Net, 5th Edition, 2007.
  • Morgan, M. Granger and Peha, Jon. Science and Technology Advice for Congress. Resources for the Future, 2003.
  • Oleszek, Walter J., and Davidson, Roger H. Congress and its Members. CQ Press Institute, 9th Edition, 2003.
  • Oleszek, Walter J. Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process. CQ Press Institute, 2004.
  • ** Redman, Eric. The Dance of Legislation. University of Washington Press, 2001.
  • U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment. Federally Funded Research: Decisions for a Decade. Government Printing Office, OTA-SET-490, 1991.
  • Wells, William G. Jr. Working with Congress: A Practical Guide for Scientists and Engineers. AAAS Press, 1992. (Now out of print; new edition being developed.)

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The Presidency

The White House

Office of Management and Budget

Office of Science and Technology Policy

President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

American President: An Online Reference Resource

  • Produced by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Offers in-depth information reviewed by prominent scholars on each president an administration.
  • Bond, Jon R. and Richard Fleisher. The President in the Legislative Arena (American Politics and Political Economy Series). University Of Chicago Press, 1990.
  • Burke, John P. The Institutional Presidency: Organizing and Managing the White House from FDR to Clinton (Interpreting American Politics). The Johns Hopkins University Press; 2nd edition, 2000.
  • Burns, James MacGregor and Susan Dunn. The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001.
  • Ellis, Joseph J. His Excellency: George Washington. Knopf; Rough-cut edition, 2004.
  • Gergen, David. Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership Nixon to Clinton. Simon & Schuster, 2000.
  • Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Simon & Schuster, 2005.
  • Reeves, Richard. President Nixon: Alone in the White House. Simon & Schuster, 2001.
  • Reeves, Richard. President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. Simon & Schuster, 2005.
  • Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr. A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965.
  • Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr. The Politics of Upheaval: 1935-1936, The Age of Roosevelt, Volume III (The Age of Roosevelt). Mariner Books, 2003.
  • Shogan, Robert. The Double-Edged Sword: How Character Makes and Ruins Presidents, from Washington to Clinton. Westview Pr (Trd), 1998.

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Federal Agencies

U.S. Agency for International Development

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Forest Service

U.S. Department of Commerce

National Institute of Standards and Technology

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

U.S. Department of Defense

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Army Research Office

Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Office of Naval Research

U.S. Department of Energy

Office of Science

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Food and Drug Administration

National Institutes of Health

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Science & Technology

U.S. Department of the Interior

Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Reclamation

National Park Service

United States Geological Survey

U.S. Department of Labor

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment and Training Administration

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Aviation Administration

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Science Foundation

NSF R&D Statistics

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Federal Telephone Directories

"Gray Literature" Network

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The Judiciary

Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court Decisions

National Center for State Courts

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State & Local Government 

The National Association of Counties

National Conference of State Legislatures

National Governors Association

The National League of Cities

State and Local Government on the Net

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AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program

Congressional Budget Office

Government Printing Office Budget Info

National Science Foundation R&D Statistics

Office of Management and Budget

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National Associations & Organizations


Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy (CSTSP)

Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity

Center for Careers in Science & Technology

Government Relations

S&T Policy Fellowships

Fellowships Partner Scientific Societies

Science Careers

Grants & Funding

Association for Women in Science

Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology

National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Engineering

Institute of Medicine

National Academy Press

National Academy of Public Administration

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International Entities


Diplomatic List (foreign missions in the U.S.)

Earth Summit 2002

Global Environment Facility

Global Public Policy Network

Inter-American Development Bank

International Council for Science

Internat'l Inst. for Sustainable Devel.

International Monetary Fund

Organization of American States

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World

Pan American Health Organization

The Academy of Science for the Developing World

The South Centre

Third World Network

United Nations - various

General UN Financing for Development

UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination

UN Conference on Trade & Development

UN Development Programme

UN Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization

UN Economic and Social Council

UN Environment Programme

Food and Agriculture Organization

UN General Assembly (64th Session)

International Labour Organization

UN Security Council

UN Sustainable Development

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

World Health Organization

World Trade Organization

World Bank

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Think Tanks

American Enterprise Institute

Brookings Institution

Cato Institute

Center for American Progress

Center for Strategic & Int'l Studies

Hastings Center

Heritage Foundation

Hoover Institution

Hudson Institute

PEW Research Center

Progressive Policy Institute

RAND Corporation

Urban Institute

Woodrow Wilson International Center

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American Scientist

Atlantic Monthly

Business Week

C&E News (published by ACS)

Chronicle of Higher Education

Congressional Quarterly





Education Week

Federal Register

Financial Times

Foreign Policy (esp. "The Cable")

Government Executive

Issues in Science and Technology

Inside Higher Education

National Journal


New Scientist



New York Times (esp. Tue Science)


Roll Call

Science Alerts

Science News



Scientific American

Technology Daily

Technology Review


U.S. News & World Report

The Wall Street Journal

The Washington Post

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Policy Analysis & Political Decision Making

Bardach, Eugene. A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving. CQ Press, 2000.

Clemons, Randall S., McBeth, Mark K. Public Policy Praxis - Theory and Pragmatism: A Case Approach. Prentice Hall: 1st edition, 2000.

* Dionne, E.J. Political Hacks v. Bureaucrats: Can't Public Servants Get Some Respect? The Brookings Review, Spring 2001, Vol.19 No.2, pp. 8-11. The Brookings Institution.

Hayes, Michael T. The Limits of Policy Change: Incrementalism, Worldview, and the Rule of Law (Essential Texts in American Government). Georgetown University Press, 2001.

Iyengar, Shanto (Editor) and Richard Reeves (Editor). Do the Media Govern?: Politicians, Voters, and Reporters in America. Sage Publications, Inc, 1997.

* Jankowski, Joel. Lobbying and Lobby Reform: A Practitioner's Viewpoint. extensions: A Journal of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, Fall 2006.

Ledeen, Michael A. Tocqueville on American Character: Why Tocqueville’s Brilliant Exploration of the American Spirit Is As Vital and Important Today As It Was Nearly Two Hundred Years Ago. Truman Talley Books, 2000.

* Radin, Beryl. Beyond MachiavelliPolicy Analysis Comes of AgeGeorgetown University Press, 2000.

Stone, Deborah. Policy Pardox: The Art of Political Decision Making. W.W. Norton & Co.: Revised edition, 2002.

Wiemer, David, Vining, Aidan R. Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice, 4th Edition. Prentice Hall, 2004

Reinicke, Wolgfang H. and Francis Deng. Critical Choices: The United Nations, networks, and the future of global governance. A report of the Global Public Policy Project, 2000.

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Science-Policy Interface

American Association for the Advancement of Science. Vision 2033: Linking Science and Policy for Tomorrow's World. AAAS Press, 2005.

American Association for the Advancement of Science. Federal R&D Budget Dashboard.

Bipartisan Policy Center. Science For Policy Project: Final Report. PDF available at:

* Blockstein, D.E. 2002. How to Lose Your Political Virginity while Keeping Your Scientific CredibilityBioScience 52 (1):91-16.

Burgoyne, R., A.L. Coleman, J.L. Keith, D.E. Chubin, and S.M. Malcom. Navigating a Complex Landscape to Foster Greater Faculty and Student Diversity in Higher Education. American Association for the Advancement of Science-Association of American Universities, April 2010. PDF available at: complexlandscape/PDFs/LawDiversityBook.pdf

Collins, Francis S. The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine. HarperCollins, 2010.

Dessler, Andrew E. and Parson, Edward A. The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Foreman, Christopher, Jr. Plagues, Products, and Politics: Emergent Public Health Hazards and National PolicymakingBrookings Institution, 1994.

Friedman, Thomas L. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.

Greenberg, Daniel S. Science, Money and Politics: Political Triumph and Ethical Erosion. University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Guston, David H. Between Politics and Science: Assuring the Productivity and Integrity of Research. Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Holmes, Richard. The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science. Vintage Books (A Division of Random House), 2008.

* Houck, O. Tales from a Troubled Marriage: Science and Law in Environmental PolicyScience 302:1926-1929. 2003.

Jasanoff, Sheila. Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States. Princeton University Press, 2005.

* Kady II, Martin, Jalonick, Mary Clare, and Sharma, Amol. Science, Policy Mix Uneasily in Legislative Laboratory. CQ Weekly. March 20, 2004, Page 680.

Kelly, Henry, Oelrich, Ivan, Aftergood, Steven, and Tannenbaum, Benn H. Flying Blind: The Rise, Fall and Possible Resurrection of Science Policy Advice in the United States (Occasional Paper No. 2). Federation of American Scientists, December 2004.

Krimsky, Sheldon. Science in the Private Interest: Has the Lure of Profits Corrupted Biomedical ResearchRowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2004.

Kuhn, Thomas S. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 3rd Edition. University Of Chicago Press, 1996.

Lubchenco, J. Entering the Century of the Environment: A New Social Contract for ScienceScience 279:491-497. 1998.

Malcom, S.M., Chubin, D.E., and Jesse, J.K. Standing Our Ground: A Guidebook for STEM Educators in the Post-Michigan Era. American Association for the Advancement of Science-National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, October 2004.

Mazur, Allan CTrue Warnings and False Alarms about Technology, 1948-1971. Resources for the Future, 2003.

McGarity, Thomas O. and Wagner Wendy. Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research. Harvard University Press, 2008.

* Neal, Homer A., Smith, Tobin L., and McCormick, Jennifer B. Beyond Sputnik: U.S. Science Policy in the Twenty-First Century. University of Michigan Press, 2008.

Pielke, Jr., Roger A. The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics. Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Sarewitz, Daniel. Frontiers of Illusion: Science, Technology, and the Politics of Progress. Temple University Press, 1996.

Savage, James D. Funding Science in America: Congress, Universities, and the Politics of the Academic Pork Barrel. Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Schrag, Zachary M. Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009. JHU Press, 2010.

Skolnikoff, E. B. The Elusive Transformation: Science, Technology and the Evolution of International Politics. Princeton University Press, 1993.

Smith, Bruce L. R. American Science Policy Since World War II. Brookings Institution, 1990.

Stephen, Paula E. How Economics Shapes ScienceHarvard University Press, 2012.

Stine, Deborah D. Science and Technology Policy Making: A Primer. A Report for Congress.

Congressional Research Service. Updated 5/27/2009.

Stokes, Donald E. Pasteur's Quadrant: Basic Science and Technological Innovation. Brookings Institution Press, 1997.

Teich, Albert H. Technology and the Future – Eleventh Edition. Cengage Learning, 2008.

Thurber, James A., and Nelson, Candice J., ed. Campaigns and Elections American Style: Transforming American Politics3rd Edition. Westview Press, 2004.

* van der Vink, Gregory E. Scientifically Illiterate vs. Politically CluelessScience and Technology Policy Yearbook. 2004.

Varmus, Harold. The Art and Politics of Science. W. W. Norton and Company, 2009.

ScienceBlogs A collection of 60+ science bloggers, writing on various scientific topics

Engineering Science

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Building better scientists and engineers

Prometheus: Science-Policy Blog

S&T in Congress Newsletter

Washington Science Policy Alliance

AAAS Policy Alert Blog & Newsletter

The Power of Partnerships: A Guide from the NSF GK-12 Program

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Communicating Science

* Broad, W. and J. Glanz. Does Science Matter? The New York Times, November 11, 2003.

Chubin, D. and J. Maienschein. Staffing Science Policy-making. Science 290: 1501. 2000.

Dean, Cornelia. Am I Making Myself Clear? A Scientist's Guide to Talking to the Public. Harvard University Press, 2009.

Dean, Cornelia. Rousing Science Out of the Lab and Into the Limelight. The New York Times, November 11, 2003.

Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Back Bay Books, Little Brown & Company, 2000, 2002.

* Lane, Neal. 1996. The Arlington Rotary Club. American Scientist 84:208-209.

Leshner, A.I. Public Engagement with Science. Science 299: 977. 2003.

Bray, Robert. Spin Works! A Media Guidebook for Communicating Values and Shaping Opinion. Independent Media Institute, 2002.

Few, S. Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten. Analytics Press, 2004.

Hayes, Richard and Grossman, Daniel. A Scientist's Guide to Talking with the Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Rutgers University Press, 2006.

Koomey, Jonathan G. Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving. Analytics Press, 2001.

Montgomery, S.L. Dealing with the Press. The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science. University of Chicago Press, 2003. (See especially Chapter Fifteen.)

Tufte, E. R. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press, 1995.

Wolf, Kristen. Now Hear This – The Nine Laws of Successful Advocacy Communications.

PDF available at:

AAAS Communicating Science

Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers online resources include webinars, how-to tips for media interviews, strategies for identifying public outreach opportunities, and more. Workshops for scientists and engineers interested in learning more about science communication tools and techniques are also available.

EurekAlert! AAAS News Service

Online news service operated by AAAS in which universities, associations and societies, government agencies, corporations and other organizations engaged in research can distribute science, health and technology news to the media.

Pew Internet and American Life Project

Provides access to an accumulating series of studies of individuals' use of the Internet as an information channel.

Science Communication Bibliography

Bibliographic database covering science communication, public engagement with science and the broader issues of science and society.


On-line web site workshops and courses led by Merry Bruns, an online content strategist, editor and trainer who focuses on communicating web content to audiences clearly and effectively.

Strategic Press Information Network

Provides media technical assistance to nonprofit public-interest organizations across the nation that want to influence debate, shape public opinion and garner positive media attention. Website offers excellent "how-to" tips and templates for press releases, media advisories, and other outreach documents.

Why Files

Produced by the University of Wisconsin Graduate School featuring weekly "science behind the news" in a quick, user friendly format. Targeted to teachers and students, but useful for other lay audiences.

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Local History and Perspectives

Carrier, Thomas J. Washington, DC: Historic Walking Tour (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 1999.

Carrier, Thomas J. Historic Georgetown: A Walking Tour (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 1999.

Clarke, Wendy Mitman and Pemberton, John. Window on the Chesapeake: The Bay, Its People and Places. The Mariners Museum, 2003.

Cronin, William B. The Disappearing Islands of the Chesapeake. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Gutheim, Frederick. The Potomac. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986.

Horton, Tom. An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake. Vintage, 1997.

Kafka-Gibbons, Paul. Dupont Circle: A Novel. Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Luria, Sarah. Capital Speculations: Writing and Building Washington, DC. University of New Hampshire Press, 2005.

Michelin Must Sees Washington, DC. Michelin Travel Publications; 2nd edition, 2005.

Michener, James A. Chesapeake. Random House, 1978.

Ogilvie, Philip Woodworth, and Potomac Water Trail Association. Along the Potomac (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing (SC); Reissue edition, 2003.

Pelecanos, George, ed. DC Noir. Akashic Books, 2006.

Penczer, Peter. Washington, D.C., Past and Present. Oneanta Pr, 1998.

Schrag, Zachary M. The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.

Shomette, Donald G. Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay and Other Tales of the Lost Chesapeake. Tidewater Publishers, 1996.

Turner, William H. East of the Chesapeake. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

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The Founders and the Revolutionary Era

Ellis, Joseph J. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. Knopf, 2000.

Hitchens, Christopher. Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (Eminent Lives). Eminent Lives, 2005.

Isaacson, Walter. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Jordan, Terry L. The U.S. Constitution: And Fascinating Facts About It. Oak Hill Publishing Company; 7th edition, 1999.

McCullough, David. 1776. Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Meacham, Jon. American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. Random House, 2006.

War of 1812

  • Cultural Tourism DC: War of 1812
  • This web site is superb to reference or to deal with this war along with other watershed periods. Look at the other areas of history in this site as they are as good.
  • Hickey, Donald R. The War of 1812: A SHORT HISTORY. University of Illinois Press, 1995.
  • Lloyd, Alan. The scorching of Washington: The War of 1812. David & Charles PLC, 1974.

The Civil War

  • Foner, Eric. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War With a New Introductory Essay. Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Foner, Eric. Politics and Ideology in the Age of the Civil War. Oxford University Press, 1980.
  • Kennedy, Frances H. The Civil War Battlefield Guide, Second Edition. Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
  • Miles, Jim. Forged in Fire: A History and Tour Guide of the War in the East, From Manassas to Antietam, 1861-1862 (Civil War Explorer Series). Cumberland House Publishing, 2000.

Other Defining Historical Events and Eras

Beidler, Phillip (Editor) and Gary Taylor (Editor). Writing Race Across the Atlantic World, 1492-1789. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Kennedy, David M. Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (Oxford History of the United States). Oxford University Press, 1999.

Lamb, Brian (Editor). Booknotes: Stories from American History: Leading Historians on the Events That Shaped Our Country. PublicAffairs, 2001.

Lewis, Anthony. Gideon’s Trumpet (Vintage). Vintage, 1980.

Sellers, Charles. The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846. Oxford University Press, 1992.

Walters, Ronald G. American Reformers 1815-1860: Revised Edition. Hill and Wang, 1997.

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Humor: Keeping Things in Perspective!

Darwin Awards

HotAIR (Annals of Improbable Research)

Science Cartoons Plus (S. Harris)

Solar System Collisions


The Onion

Schoolhouse Rock's "Just a Bill"