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Political Science Research Guide

Use this guide to find information and research on topics in the field of political science

What are NGOs?

Non-governmental organizations are generally non-profit groups not affiliated with any government operating locally, nationally, and/or internationally.

NGOs often publish reports and statistics, which are available for free on their web sites, that may be of interest to researchers.

These groups vary widely in their goals and structures, but most have the objective of influencing public policy. Be sure to take this into consideration when evaluating their material.

Non-governmental organizations search

Search of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) websites

Sites were chosen based on their consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and also collated from University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, Duke University Libraries' NGO Research Guide, and the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO). More background on the IGO/NGO search projects can be found at including a growing spreadsheet of NGOs included in this search.

Comprehensive Lists of NGOs