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White House (all things from the executive branch)

House of Representatives (find your US congressman here!)

Senate (find your US Senators here)

Library of Congress (great place for research)

Supreme Court (search for recent supreme court decisions)

U.S. State Department (travelling abroad? Check this site out)

State of California (Information regarding everything California)

Office of the Governor (CA) (office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger)

California State Assembly

Calfornia State Senate




























































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Civics Websites

General Civic Sites

http://www.justicelearning.org/  Civic education in the real world.

http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/  Teacher and student friendly site, great lessons as well as primary source documents.

http://www.civiced.org/  The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.

http://www.crf-usa.org/  Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society.

http://www.abanet.org/publiced/schoolshome.html  A great springboard site for civic education.

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/  featuring comprehensive research coverage of key First Amendment issues and topics, daily First Amendment news, a unique First Amendment Library and guest analyses by respected legal specialists.

http://www.firstamendmentschools.org/ Site dedicated to how people practice the rights and responsibilities of citizenship that frame civic life in our democracy.

http://www.h-net.org/~law/ The American Society for Legal History is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fostering scholarship, teaching, and study concerning the law and institutions of all legal systems, both Anglo-American and those that do not operate in the Anglo-American tradition.

http://www.ncsconline.org/D_KIS/info_court_web_sites.html  Information regarding all 50 states and their court structures. Great for comparing courts.

http://www.govspot.com/judicial/ - Great portal for all things civics. It centers around the Federal judiciary.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/ Law and lawyer related resources.

http://www.findlaw.com/ Detailed legal and lawyer related information.

http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/ Great site for finding current legal news.

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/ Civic learning connections for parents, students, and teachers sponsored by the New York Times.  

http://splc.org/  The student press law center is an advocate for student free-press rights and provides information, advice and legal assistance at no charge to students and the educators who work with them.

http://www.streetlaw.org/en/index.aspx Street Law, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing practical, participatory education about law, democracy, and human rights.  Through its philosophy and programs, people are empowered to transform democratic ideals into citizen action.

http://www.usa.gov/ FirstGov is the U.S. government's official Internet portal for information about governmetn benefits, services, and information. FirstGov also provides links to the websites of state, local and tribal governments.

http://www.c-span.org/ C-SPAN is a service of the cable television industry and provides live television coverage of the proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and other forums where public policy is debated or discussed. The C-SPAN website provides current and archived news and information about politics, public policy and governmental actions.

Core Documents of U.S. Democracy

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/index.php?flash=true&  To help us think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, explore 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union."

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html  Quintessential documents of the United States. Great site for primary sources.

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/coredocs.html Core Documents of the United States

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?page=milestone 100 milestone documents in US history.

http://www.abanet.org/publiced/conversations/constitution/landingpage.shtmlGame relating to the Constitutional amendments and voting rights.

Landmark Court Cases

http://www.landmarkcases.org/  Detailed information regarding landmark US Supreme Court cases.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/search/index.html Cornell’s Researchable database for any court case. You need any part of the name of the court case and it gives you the pertinent information. Great research site.

http://www.landmarkcases.org/marbury/judicialpower.html - Marbury vs. Madison (1803) The landmark court case that established the principal of judicial review.

California Court Sites

http://www.courtsed.org/courts-in-the-classroom/ Courts in the Classroom

http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/index.htm Information regarding California courts.

http://www.findlaw.com/10fedgov/judicial/district_courts.html - Federal District court information in the state of California.

Specific Government Departments

http://www.archives.gov/ The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.

http://www.loc.gov/index.html  Library of Congress website.

http://thomas.loc.gov/ legislative information from the Library of Congress It contains links to congressional calendars, vote records, legislation (both proposed and passed), and other useful legislative information.

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/guide.php is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.

http://www.supremecourtus.gov/  Federal government site for the Supreme Court. It has all the pertinent information regarding the Supreme Court.

http://www.oyez.org/  The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality 'tour' of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices.

http://www.supremecourthistory.org/ The Society, a private non-profit organization, is dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States.

http://www.uscourts.gov/ Federal judiciary website.

http://www.fjc.gov/ The Federal Judicial Center is the research and education agency of the federal judicial system.

http://supreme.justia.com/index.html  has the most recent opinions of the Supreme Court. Great way to stay abreast on the most current issues and the Supreme Court.

http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm  FBI site for A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety

http://www.whitehouse.gov/ The white house website

http://www.whitehouse.gov/our_government/judicial_branch/ - Basic information about the Federal Supreme Court and the judicial process. It is a great primer for those who need a refresher on the basics.

http://www.usdoj.gov/ Enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

State and Local Government

http://www.ncsl.org/ Provides current information about the structure and activities of state legislatures. Click on "Legislatures" and "Websites" for links to individual state legislatrue websites, state constitutions and legislation.

http://www.naco.org/ Contains general information about the structure and responsibillities of county governments. Also provides extensive databases with demographic and economic statistics for individual counties.

Public Policy Research Organizations

Private-sector "think tanks" are often the birthplace of new ideas and innovation in the public policy arena. Their scholars conduct original research and review the philosophical, economic, social, cultural and political implications of public policies. The following are the websites of some influential think tanks representing a cross-section of the political spectrum:

http:/www.brookings.org Brookings Institution

http://www.heritage.org The Heritage Foundation

http://www.aei.org American Enterprise Institute

http://www.cato.org The Cato Institute

http://www.urbaninstitute.org The Urban Institute