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Communication 143/243 Communication Policy and Regulation

COMM 143, 243 - Spring 2014 - Instructor: James T. Hamilton, Anita Varma (TA)

Communication Policy and Regulation: COMM 134, 243

This course explores the creation and implementation of communication policies in the US. The course focuses on how individual decisions of political actors –whether they are in interest groups, legislatures, agencies, or audiences –are translated into collective choices in communication policies.

Government Info & Interest Groups

Gov info & interest group resources

Washington, D.C. [etc.] Barone & Co. [etc.]
Green Library » Information Center » JK1012 .A44 2016
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource is gradually replacing the near 20-year-old site. currently includes all data sets available on except nominations, treaties and communications.
[Washington, D.C.] : [CQ Press]
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
CQ's authoritative and balanced coverage of public affairs includes the CQ Researcher, CQ Weekly, CQ's Electronic Encyclopedia of American Government, the electronic version of Washington Information Directory (eWID).
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Data Planet provides access to statistical information produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizatins, and major intergovernmental organizations.
Helena, MT : National Institute on Money in State Politics.
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
The National Institute on Money in State Politics states it is the only nonpartisan, nonprofit organization revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states. 
Florence, KY : Gale Cengage Learning, [200-?]-
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Online compendium of directories on companies, publishers, associations, etc. Includes the National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations.
[Washington, D.C.] : Civic Impulse, LLC
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GovTrack is a civic project to track Congress.The site allows users to track legislation and votes in the United States Congress with customized RSS feeds and email updates, and provides information on members of Congress, voting records, district maps, and congressional committees. Also provides the status of federal legislation, and access to the Congressional Record. is a non-commercial, non-partisan, and open-source project.
[Berkeley,Calif.] : [Berkeley,Calif.] :
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
MapLight is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that "connects data on campaign contributions, politicians, votes, industries, companies, and more to show patterns of influence.
The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) serves as the national repository of statistical information on the nonprofit sector in the United States.
Washington, D.C. : Sunlight Foundation ; Participatory Politics Foundation
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OpenCongress collects every publicly-available piece of legislation (i.e., every bill), vote, committee report and official government data and combines it with news and blog coverage, social networking, and participation tools to give you the real story behind what's happening in Congress. 
Washington, DC : Center for Responsive Politics
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The Center for Responsive Politics is 'a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy.', the Center's Web site, provides information from the Federal Election Commission about campaign contributions to Congress, to the political parties and the presidential campaigns. 
[S.l.] : Sunlight Foundation
Law Library (Crown) » Online resource » INTERNET RESOURCE SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION
The Sunlight Foundation was founded in 2006 with the goal of using technology to enable citizens to learn more about what their elected representatives are doing, to help reduce corruption, ensure greater transparency and accountability by government, and foster public trust in the institutions of democracy. The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the tools of civic tech, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all. This is a link to Sunlight Foundation Tools  

Encyclopedias for background information

Detroit, Gale Research Co.
Green Library » Information Center: Reference » AS22 .E5 ED.59:V.1:PT.3 2020
Available online to Stanford-affiliated users as part of Gale's ready reference shelf.
Armonk, NY : Sharpe Reference, c2000.
Green Library » Information Center » JK1118 .N47 2000 V.1
Los Angeles : Sage Publications, c2008.
Green Library » Information Center » JA85 .E64 2008 V.1
Political communication

Select Books & Journal Titles on Interest Groups

Los Angeles : SAGE ; Washington, DC : CQ Press, c2012.
Green Library » Information Center » JK1118 .G85 2012
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2000.
Green Library » Stacks » JK1118 .M299 2000
2nd ed. New York : Routledge, 2013.
Green Library » Stacks » JK1118 .N68 2013
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : CQ Press, c2013.
Green Library » Stacks » JK1118 .G62 2013
Washington, D.C. : Center for Responsive Politics, 2002-
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Washington, D.C. : Common Cause, c1983-c1996.
Green Library » Stacks » JK1 .C636 V.21-22 1995-1996 (SPR./SUM

Public opinion resources

Selected public opinion resources

Nashville, TN : Latin American Public Opinion Project, Vanderbuilt University
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Ann Arbor, MI : Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Storrs, Conn. : Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Includes but not limited to the Gallup Poll, Harris Poll and the Pew Research Center
[Bethesda, Md.?] : SilverPlatter International, c1996-
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Washington, DC : Matthew C. MacWilliams, Thomas H. Silver,
Green Library » Current periodicals
See also, current polls at the Polling Report website.

News, media & FCC links

Selected news and media resources

Search here: 

Lexis/Nexis is a major news, business.  and legal publications index. 

Proquest Newsstand is also a good source of current US news.  and media

FAIR - Fairness and accuracy in Reporting.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Transistions FCC for headlines news from the FCC. The FCC regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and is an independent U.S. government agency.

FCC data  - Information about FCC Data

FCC Databases  - The FCC is responsible for managing and licensing the electromagnetic spectrum for commercial users and for non-commercial users including: state, county and local governments. This includes public safety, commercial and non-commercial fixed and mobile wireless services, broadcast television and radio, satellite and other services. In licensing the spectrum, the Commission promotes efficient and reliable access to the spectrum for a variety of innovative uses as well as promotes public safety and emergency response.

FCC record  - FCC record is the published record of decisions made to apply broadcasting regulations.  

Additional News Databases listed below:


Chester, Vt. : NewsBank, inc.
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Image database from the Associated Press
Videos of news and politics online.
[Ipswich, MA] : EBSCO Pub., c2004-
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
New York : Dow Jones & Reuters.
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Has latest 2 weeks for The New York Times, The Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and more; older issues available by using Search Builder.
Ipswich, MA : EBSCO Publishing, c2006-
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research, c1990-
Green Library » Information Center: Reference » Z6951 .A97 ED.156 V.5 2020
[Miamisburg, OH] : LexisNexis, division of Reed Elsevier
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
Cambridge, Mass., Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.
Green Library » Current periodicals

Optional Secondary Sources

Selected article databases

Acdemic Search Premier - Comprehensive multidisciplinary journal literature database. Includes full-text access.

Ciao: Columbia International Affair Online - A comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. 

Communication & Mass Media Complete - Offers information from over 600 journals in communication, mass media and related fields; includes abstracts, indexing, bibliographical citations and author profiles, as well as full text from more 240 titles.

Communication Studies - SAGE full-text -Includes the full-text of 16 journals published by SAGE and participating societies related to  Journalism, Public Opinion, Political Communication, Mass Communication, Interpersonal Communication.

Congressional Publications -Congressional Information Service publications via Proquest. Full-text access to Congressional hearings, reports and documents, as well as reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Congress' thinktank.

CQ Electronic Library - CQ's authoritative and balanced coverage of public affairs includes the CQ Researcher, CQ Weekly, CQ's Electronic Encyclopedia of American Government, the electronic version of Washington Information Directory (eWID), and the CQ Public Affairs Collection, CQ Insider.


Data-Planet statistical datasets - Provides access to statistical information produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations.

ERIC - The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a national information system providing access to education-related literature. Urban Education. 

GenderWatch - Full text collection of journals, magazines, newsletters, regional publications, books, booklets and pamphlets, conference proceedings and governmental n-g-o and special reports devoted to women's and gender issues. 

IBSS - International Bibliography of the Social Sciences. This database is compiled by the British Library of Political and Economic Science of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Index to Current Urban DocumentsThe Index to Current Urban Documents (ICUD), contains reports and research generated by local government agencies, civic organizations, academic and research organizations, public libraries, and metropolitan and regional planning agencies from more than 500 major cities in the United States and Canada. 

PAIS international- The Public Affairs Information Service covers issues in the public debate.

Proquest Statistical Insight-Provides statistical data from U.S. government publications from 1973, state and private sources from 1980, and international organizations from 1983. Proquest Statistical Insight is an index/abstract database, providing bibliographic information to statistics produced by the U.S. federal government, state and local governments, international governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Proquest Statistical provides electronic access to American Statistics Index, Statistical Reference Index and Index to International Statistics. Some links are provided to statistics directly. Proquest Statistical also provides web access to the Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract of the United States. Former titles: Lexis Nexis Statistical; Statistical Universe; Statistical Compass.

SCOPUS - Social Sciences - Social Science abstract and citation database, including peer-reviewed titles from international publishers, Open Access journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, quality web sources.

Social Science Citation Index - An international, multidisciplinary index to the literature of the social, behavioral, and related sciences.

Sociological Abstracts Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. 

Sociology - Sage Journals Online - See also "Journals" tab.

Urban Studies Abstracts - Urban Studies Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to urban studies, including urban affairs, community development, urban history, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. 

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts - This database provides abstracts and indexing of the international literature of political science and international relations, along with complementary fields, including international law and public administration/policy.

Select journals related to political communication

Melbourne, Vic. : RMIT Pub.
Stanford Libraries » Online resource » eResource
London : Routledge, c1998-
Green Library » Current periodicals
Washington, D.C., National Journal Group Inc.
Green Library » Jonsson Social Sciences Reading Room » JK1 .N28 V.29:40-52 1997:OCT.-DEC
Note: this is also a database of the website of National Journal
Washington : Crane, Russak, 1992-
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » JA76 .P64 V.36 2019
New York : Crane Russak, 1980-c1991.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » JA76 .P64 V.8 1991
Sage database of full text articles related to politica science.