More information on research, citations and formatting from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL). The Purdue OWL site has been completely redesigned; use the "Research and Citations" tab on the left to navigate to workshops and formatting guidelines for APA Style.
VoteSmart provides a nice overview of special interest groups on a variety of subjects to get your started on finding an interest group that suits your needs. Note that VS's ratings may or may not be relevant to your research needs.
CRS reports provide Congress with both anticipatory and on-demand research and analysis to support their legislative, oversight, and representational duties. All reports adhere to the core values of CRS; they are authoritative, objective and nonpartisan. Reports range in length from several pages to more than one-hundred pages and cover the full breadth of topics of interest to Congress.
NGO's, Accords, And International Standards
Its big news when the United States signs or chooses not to sign onto a UN convention or international accord. Such agreements can affect national laws and their regulations. NGOs, nongovernmental organizations, such as the United Nations, are not governments of sovereign nations, but they can make treaties, resolutions, sanctions, and international laws and regulations that are agreed on and followed by member nations.
Below are examples of NGO rulings that can affect a member nation:
There are international standards that can be adopted anywhere from the federal down to the local level, and their adoption may be mandated by law or rules, or may be purely voluntary. Such standards usually are in line with relevant regulations in the US but likely offer even better practices and proscriptions that improve upon existing US rules.
One example is Mississippi State University's voluntary adoption of The World Wide Web Consortium's guidelines for accessible web sites. All web sites for MSU affiliates must now meet these guidelines according to University rules.