The Woodrow Wilson School was founded at Princeton University in 1930 as the School of Public and International Affairs. The School was renamed to honor Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth president of the United States, who was a member of Princeton’s Class of 1879. Today, the School serves interests in both domestic public policy and international affairs, and emphasizes experiential, policy-oriented research and learning in its graduate program. This website is a window into the community of scholars and students at the Woodrow Wilson School, providing academic programs, faculty and staff listing, news calendar, and research programs. Its very core is the section devoted to Libraries and Research where – under a clear classification – research and working papers, case studies and workshop reports, policy briefs and journal articles are collected, abstracted and offered to the users for free in their full-text format, with a useful series of external links. Navigation in the Wilson School’s website is quite simple.
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
A window into the Wilson School's community
UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
A leading center in the UK for the study of Eastern Europe and Russia
The School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) conducts research in the history, economics, politics, sociology, anthropology, culture, literature and languages of countries in Central, Eastern and South-East Europe and Russia. As one of the world’s leading specialist institutions, nested within the University College London (UCL), it has more than 60 academic staff, 200 graduate students and about 500 students enrolled in BA degrees. Its website provides a good overview of its programs, research publications and other material, with a particularly rich library catalog, part of UCL Library Services. A great quantity of working papers can be freely downloaded as pdf files, while abstracts and other documents are displayed on-screen; some occasional papers and other publications are also for sale and can be ordered online. Webpages are generally up-to-date and provide many useful links pointing to selected academic libraries, and to other webresources such as a directory of links organized by countries of that area. An advanced search option is also provided, covering the entire UCL web structure. Retrieved records can be downloaded in their original formats. Thanks to its simple and cohesive design, the SSEES website is easy to navigate and pays good attention to the general usability.
University of Manchester – Politics
A large academic grouping of political science in the UK
The Department of Politics at the University of Manchester is one of the oldest and strongest groupings of political science in the UK. Founded in 1949, till October 2004 it was named Department of Government. Given its size, this department is able to cover a wide range of research interests, from international politics to political theory, from public policy to European, British and U.S. politics. The department’s website offers various undergraduate and graduate programs, and aims at providing a comprehensive set of information about the department’s activites and research interests. Access to journals, working papers and other research material very pertinent to political studies worldwide is also available. This website with its full-text materials is freely accessible and browsable by anyone. It also allows for searching and downloading from a very large number of working papers, usually in pdf format. Direct links to the official department publications such as Government and Opposition, Party Politics, Representation, New Political Economy and the leading UK politics journal, Political Studies, are available mostly providing table of contents and abstracts. A simple search feature and an effective overall structure allow for easy orientation.
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
The Social Science Research Center in Berlin
The Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) is a German research institute dealing with basic social science research in an international comparative perspective. The work at the WZB is characteristically multidisciplinary and mostly empirical. The website of the Centre is an excellent tool for retrieving rich and detailed information upon WZB research areas and their units, about activities, researchers, publications, projects, project networks as well as events and latest advertisements of vacancies. Though limited to the Institute’s activities (links to external website are rare), the site offers free full-text retrieval of all WZB produced materials (discussion and working papers, research projects and results) as well as downloading of reports on current research results, proceedings, publications, news about the staff (summaries in English) and biennial activity reports. Full-text files for all such sources are available in pdf format, while for other items (WZB-published books, lectures) only abstracts or lists are provided. Part of the material is available only in German, with almost one half of the WZB works also in English. Subscription to WZB newsletters is free, as well as browsing its online catalogue.