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Data and Statistics

  • CDC FastStats - Provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • CIA World Factbook - Information on the history, people, government, economics, etc. for countries all over the world.
  • Data.Gov - Open United States government data
  • Data USA - A free platform that allows users to collect and analyze shared US data.
  • Gapminder - A collection of world maps, based on current world data, where countries are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. 
  • If It Were My Home - Compare living conditions between countries
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Data about various mental and substance use disorders
  • United States Census Bureau - Provides basic demographic data
  • USAFacts - Non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that uses publicly available data to create a portrait of America (population, government's finances, government's impact on society).
  • World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Data Repository  - Provides statistics on an array of health-related topics for countries around the world
  • Worldmapper - A collection of world maps where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.

Fact Checker Sites

  • Fact Check - Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players.
  • Snopes - One of the first fact-checking websites; provides fact-checking and analysis.
  • Hoax Slayer - This site focuses on email hoaxes and social media hoaxes.
  • Open Secrets - Focus is on political spending. 
  • Politifact - Rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.
  • Poynter - Not a true fact checking site but produces credible and evidence based content.

Primary Sources and Historical Research

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