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How accessible are online legislative data archives to political scientists?

How accessible are online legislative data archives to political scientists?

Despite the technical advances in Internet archival systems, websites commonly lack comprehensive and systematic data collection and retrieval processes. David Leal, University of Texas at Austin, discusses these issues in his recently-published study in Policy and Internet, co-authored with Taofang Huang, B.J. Lee, and Jill Strube, Assessing the Online Legislative Resources of the American States. It addresses the potential and problems that can be encountered when using U.S. state online legislative resources for political science research, and presents a tool for evaluating the feasibility of research projects.