This thread is for research tools
to help your fellow Sluggites to find information on the web for free. This is not the place to post links to individual articles you find interesting - this isn't WOHPAH POOP. The rule of thumb is: only put it here if you think it'll come in useful in the future and if it will help someone find something.
Contains free usernames and passwords that you can borrow to access many content-restricted news sites, including the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Just plug in the site name and see if it gives you a password. You can also share your passwords with others there, if you wish.
However, the website does not offer passwords to pay-subscription sites, such as Time.com, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, or the New York Times Select.
A blogosphere search engine. If you can't read a restricted article yourself, one useful though potentially hazardous strategy is to search for references to the article in the blogosphere. Bloggers will often quote snippets of articles mixed in with their own commentary, so that you can get an idea of what the article is about. Of course, trust the accuracy of bloggers at your own peril.
Also a good place to look for article snippets.
*Note: Some news sources do not let you read their archives. Articles older than 2 weeks or a month old will become pay-per-view, inaccessible even to account holders. If another poster's linked article seems to have gone dead, that's probably what happened.
Statistics and Data
US Bureau of Economic Analysis
for your economic data.
Congressional Budget Office
for statistics about US government spending.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
US Census Bureau
for social trend statistics.
If anyone wants to add (English language) sources for other countries' statistics, you're welcome to.
CIA World Factbook
has useful and brief profiles of every country in the world.
The Economist Country Briefings
offer data, economic forecasts, brief summaries of recent political situations, and some articles about 60 countries. Most of the information is free, but some articles are firewalled.
World Bank Data and Statistics
for more international comparative data. It even has a function to build your own tables (somewhere). The site navigation on this website is a mess, so be warned.
Some Rules to Live By (when linking to blogs)
Linking to articles and data is encouraged here in POOP. If you hang around here long enough, you'll find that other posters will frequently ask you to provide links and cite your sources. However, a few restrictions on links apply.
1. As per general Community Standards, you may not link to other discussion forums and message boards. This is to prevent disputes in other parts of the internet from spilling over onto Sluggy.net.
2. You may link to blogs in POOP (but not the rest of the Sluggy.net) provided that these rules are followed:
a) You may not link to your own blog. This is not the place to advertise your own political commentary. The only exception to this rule is if you have written an incredibly long treatise and wish other sluggites to give you feedback on it, in that case we'd prefer you to host it offsite (if possible, not mandatory) to keep the Sluggy board easy on everyone's eyes.
b) Do not link to other blogs and ask Sluggites to go over there and post comments praising/criticizing the author. Do not go to blogs and ask their readers to come join arguments on Sluggy.net.
c) Link to blogs only if you want to discuss what's written in the blogger's own main post. Don't provide links to things that you or others have written in the blog's comments section. This is like linking to a message board.
d) Be cautious when linking to blogs to support your arguments. You can do it, but be aware that blogs represent the point of view of just one person and that their contents may be inaccurate. Don't be surprised if others challenge their veracity.
e) The general rules for quoting copyrighted materials on Sluggy.net apply to blogs too: don't quote people's entire blog posts here. You can quote selected snippets, but not the whole thing.