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Civics

We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.

~Nelson Mandela

Topic Exploration and Research

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Cite Your Sources As You Go!

Explore these website to find topics that interest you.

Explore Newspapers

 The Boston Globe

Search full text articles from The Boston Globe from 1980 to today.

Stuck?

Search for a Federal or State Law

Executive Orders and Departments

Find an Executive Order that relates to your topic. 

Locate a Federal Department that best fits your topic.

This guide from the University of Washington has a great list of the various departments. 

 USA.gov has a searchable index of Federal Government Departments and Agencies.  

Explore the current administration's Cabinet

Court Cases

Search Supreme Court Cases and learn about the Justices.

Another site where to search for both US Supreme Court cases as well as Massachusetts Court cases 

The Constitution

Explore how your topic connects to the Articles and Amendments in the Constitution.

Insider has an excellent article detailing the 27 Amendments. 

Government Groups

Tips from the Pros!

If you come across a website that will not let you access information without a "donation"...RUN AWAY!

 

Find Special Interest Groups

Reminder: Special interest groups and lobbying groups, by definition, have a specific point of view but may also have some good research information. Proceed with that in mind. 

PACS

 Government website that gives brief descriptions about types of PACs. On the right-hand side, has links to SuperPACs and hybrid-PACs lists.

    Ten of the biggest political action committees.

Political Non-Profits

Quick of top social justice Political Non-Profits, links and descriptions.

Thorough list of Civil Rights organizations with descriptions and links.

Political Non-Profits that have spent the most on elections. Can sort information by amount spent, name of the Organization, the name of the Parent Company or Organization the group works under, if applicable, and whether or not that group is tax exempt.

Lobbying Groups

The 20 companies and groups that spend the most money to influence lawmakers. The title says it all.

Top Spenders. Companies and organizations that spend the most on trying to influence lawmakers.

Tips on Writing then Sending a Letter

How NOT to Persuade

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