History Resources

Off-Campus Opportunities:

African-American Cultural and Genealogical Society of Illinois
314 North Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522
Phone: 429.7458
Contact: Evelyn Hood

Possible internships available in:

  1. Art
  2. Public Relations
  3. Grant Writing
  4. Web-Page Development
  5. Constructing Databases
  6. Historical Research

Decatur Genealogical Society
356 North Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522
Contact: 429-0135

Macon County Historical Society Museum
5880 North Fork
Decatur, IL 62521
Contact: David Tomlin
Phone: 422-4919
e-mail: mchs@fgi.net
Contact: Barbara A. Morrell
Dale Irwin

Possible Internship Opportunities available in the following areas:

  1. Living History (work with elementary school students)
  2. Restoration of Historical RR depot
  3. Construction of exhibits

History Links

American Historical Association
Encompasses every historical period and geographical area and serves professional historians in all areas of employment. Membership entitles all historians to a subscription for Perspectives in which various employment opportunities and current issues of note are published and discussed.

Organization of American Historians
The largest learned society devoted to the study of American history.

Political Science Resources

Resources through Staley Library

Online Databases

All students should become familiar with the vast array of resources accessible through the Staley Library website. Comprehensive indexes allow students to search through thousands of publications in a few minutes. Newspaper, magazine, and journal articles are increasingly available through full-text databases, and the library has correspondingly reduced its subscriptions to print journals.

Internet Resources

Here are a number of websites that our students and faculty have found helpful. For links beyond these, try the information clearinghouses listed at the bottom. If you have suggestions for other links which could be added to this list, please send an email to the webmaster.

American Political Institutions
House of Representatives
Supreme Court
Cabinet Departments
Independent Agencies & Govt Corporations

Participation and Parties
MTV Rock the Vote
Project Vote Smart
Democratic National Committee
Republican National Committee
Green Party (US)
Reform Party

International Political and Economic Institutions
United Nations
European Union
International Monetary Fund
World Bank

Worldwide Political Information
Elections around the World
Freedom House reports
Human Rights Web
International Affairs Resources
International Political Economy Network
Keele University Elections and Electoral Systems
Terrorism Research Center
World Bank country data

National and International Media
BBC World News
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Christian Science Monitor
CNN.com and CNN Inside Politics
Foreign Affairs
International Herald Tribune
Los Angeles Times
Manchester Guardian World News (UK)
New York Times
National Public Radio
Reuters News Service
Roll Call
Washington Post
World News Network

Academic Associations
American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Illinois Political Science Association
Pi Sigma Alpha

State and Local Political Institutions
Illinois General Assembly
Illinois Governor
Illinois Supreme Court
City of Decatur

Legal Resources
The Oyez Project (Supreme Ct oral arguments)
Legal Information Institute
Law and Politics Book Review
Supreme Court
Federal Judiciary

Foreign Policy Resources
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The RAND Corporation
US Department of Defense
US Department of State

Think Tanks
American Enterprise Institute
Brookings Institution
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Cato Institute
Center for Responsive Politics
Economic Policy Institute
The Heritage Foundation

Regional Information and Resources
Asia Source
African politics & government links

State and Local Media
Champaign News-Gazette
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Tribune
Decatur Herald & Review
The Pantagraph (Bloomington-Normal)
Peoria Journal-Star
State Journal Register (Springfield)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
WUIS State Week in Review

Information Clearinghouses
FirstGov (search all government websites)
Library of Congress
Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources
Research Resources for the Social Sciences
Political Science Resources on the Web
THOMAS (Legislative Information on the Web)
Ultimate Political Science Links Page

Political Science Plagiarism Policy

The goal of this policy is for students to correctly cite, paraphrase, and write in their own voice. Plagiarism is the uncited use of another's words, ideas, or work. Self-plagiarism is the use of one's own work for multiple assignments that has not been approved by faculty. Consequences of plagiarizing are a zero on the assignment, redoing the assignment for no credit, and a letter is sent to the registrar, dean, and to the student explaining that the student has plagiarized in the course. When the plagiarism is severe enough on one assignment (i.e. the entire paper) or has occurred multiple times in the single course, consequences are failure in the course indicated by an XF and a letter written to the registrar, dean, and student will be sent. All written assignments in Political Science will be submitted to Turnitin.com and all faculty in Political Science have been trained to use this website. Any concerns about this policy can be addressed by the chair of the Political Science Department.

Criminal Justice Resources

Online Resources for Criminal Justice in Illinois

Macon County Juvenile Justice Council
The Macon County Juvenile Justice Council (JJC) was established in 2009 to address the issue of juvenile delinquency. We recognize that youth are our most valuable resource and we accept the developmental challenges they may pose as our community's personal responsibility. Some of the programs that have been created to help address these issues are Teen Court, Truancy Court, Redeploy Illinois: Community A.C.C.E.S.S., Second Chance Reentry, Safety Net Works, and Truancy Review Board.

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is a state agency dedicated to improving the administration of criminal justice. The Authority brings together key leaders from the justice system and the public to identify critical issues facing the criminal justice system in Illinois, and to propose and evaluate policies, programs, and legislation that address those issues.

Illinois Department of Corrections
Home page for IDOC.

Illinois Association for Criminal Justice
The IACJ is dedicated to the efficient and effective application of justice resources through the utilization of proven practices in reducing recidivism and restoring individuals to a place of stability and productivity in their communities.

Midwestern Criminal Justice Association
The Midwestern Criminal Justice Association was founded in 1977 with the goal of fostering better communication and collaboration among criminal justice researchers, academics, and practitioners within the Midwestern United States and beyond. We are affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, our national organization. We convene an annual meeting every fall which showcases some of the important work being done across the region. We also sponsor the Journal of Crime and Justice as an outlet for high quality articles related to the field of criminal justice.

Adult Redeploy Illinois
Adult Redeploy Illinois was established by the Crime Reduction Act (Public Act 96-0761) to provide financial incentives to local jurisdictions for programs that allow diversion of non-violent offenders from state prisons by providing community-based services.

Macon County State's Attorney Office
The State's Attorney is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Macon County, and is the Chief Legal Adviser for the county.

Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice (IBARJ)
Illinois BARJ is made up of collaborations from around the state representing victim and offender advocates, the judiciary, prosecutor and defense attorneys, law enforcement, probation, corrections, schools, community and faith-based organizations.

Criminal Justice Programs.com
Find academic programs in criminal justice in Illinois.

University of Illinois-Springfield | Department of Criminal Justice
Home page for UIS Dept. of Criminal Justice.

Data and Statistics for Crime in Illinois