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Political Texts in Digital Format

Douglass Archives of American Public Address at Northwestern University Library
This is an electronic archive of American oratory and related documents. It is intended to serve general scholarship and courses in American rhetorical history.
The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government prior to the 18th century to the present. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text.
The On-Line Books Page is a directory of books that can be freely read right on the Internet.
The On-Line Books Page was founded in 1993 by John Mark Ockerbloom, formerly a graduate student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University who moved his site to the University of Pennsylvania. He remains the editor of the pages, and gladly accepts suggestions for new listings. The index of individual titles includes books and definitive collections that meet these criteria. 
Political Science Books is under the On-Line Books "Subjects" heading: Call Numbers Starting With J--Political Science
This lists hundreds of publications by authors from Plato to Veblen.
 Our Documents: Updated source of civic texts A National Initiative on American History, Civics, and Service
At the heart of this initiative are 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." The site contains more than 100 documents, and new ones are being added.
English Server: Online Books
The EServer, founded in 1990, is now based at the University of Washington. We are increasing efforts to publish new works (31784 so far). Browse our public collections, including materials in government.
Wiretap employs the "gopher" internet technology, which predates web browsers
Wiretap, according to its self-description, "has been in dozens of books (Planet Internet, Cultural Treasures of the Internet, Yellow Pages, etc), and innumerable newspapers, including the New York Times. It is probably the single useful gopher resource remaining on the Internet." Political researchers are likely to be most interested in its Government & Civics Archive. When you go there, you'll see a different type of format, but just click on a title and you'll see the text.
The Electronic Text Center is at the University of Virginia
The Center combines an on-line archive of thousands of SGML-encoded electronic texts and images with a library service that offers hardware and software suitable for the creation and analysis of text. Through ongoing training sessions and support of teaching and research projects, the Center is building a diverse user community locally, serving thousands of users globally, and providing a model for similar humanities computing enterprises at other institutions.
Pennsylvania State University Library provides a wide-ranging guide to texts sources, most of them literary.  
Project Gutenberg
This is a world-wide effort to make freely available books on the internet. Go here for a companion site updated in January 2003. Over 2,000 books are available in one site or the other.
Scott's Civil Law
The Civil Law, tr. & ed. S. P. Scott (1932) ó Includes the classics of ancient Roman law: the Law of the Twelve Tables (450 BCE), the Institutes of Gaius (180), the Rules of Ulpian (222), the Opinions of Paulus (224), the Corpus Juris Civilis of Justinian (533), and the Constitutions of Leo.

Kenneth Janda's PoliTxt
Collects together the Inaugural Addresses of U.S. Presidents, their State of the Union Addresses, transcripts of all televised presidential debates since 1960, and the platform statements of major U.S. political parties.
Using and Citing Digital Texts

Good Practice in the Creation and Use of Digital Resources
The AHDS is publishing a series of Guides providing the humanities research and teaching communities with practical instruction in applying recognised standards and good practice to the creation and use of digital resources. Some of the Guides focus on methods and applications relevant to humanities disciplines, such as history, archaeology, visual arts, performing arts and textual and linguistic studies. Others address those areas which cross disciplinary boundaries. All Guides identify and explore key issues and provide comprehensive pointers for those who need more specific information. As such they are essential reference materials for anyone interested in computer-assisted research and teaching in the humanities.
Digitising History
This guide to creating, documenting and preserving digital resources derived from historical documents, is intended as a reference work for individuals and organisations involved with, or planning, the computerisation of historical source documents. It aims to recommend good practice and standards that are generic and relevant to a range of data creation situations, from student projects through to large-scale research projects. The guide focuses on the creation of tabular data which can be used in databases, spreadsheets or statistics packages. Many of the guidelines are, however, applicable to other more textual methodologies. The guide includes a glossary and a bibliography of recommended reading, and offers guidance about:
  • Effectively designing and managing a data creation project.
  • Transferring historical source documents into digital form and designing a database.
  • Choosing appropriate data formats and ensuring that a digital resource can be preserved without significant information loss.
  • Documenting a data creation project.