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Western Political Science Association, San Diego, March 20-23 2008

The Online Library of Liberty (OLL) is pleased to be attending the March 2008 Western Political Science Association Meeting in San Diego.

For more information about the OLL, see the following documents:

For titles in political thought see the following pages of the OLL:

See the books published by Liberty Fund in this subject area and the Essays on Political Thought in The Forum.

About the OLL

The OLL is a multi-award winning library of over 1,000 classic texts and 600 essays and study aids which are made available at no charge to the public for teaching & learning about the humanities & social sciences. It has a powerful search engine which allows full text searches, downloadable MARC records, and customizable reading lists for teachers & professors.

The texts span 4,000 years of human history & cover the disciplines of economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, sociology, & war & peace. Most books are available in 3 different formats: facsimile PDF so that scholars can see what the original text looked like; professionally proof-read HTML with detailed and linked table of contents to aid navigation; & downloadable, self-contained, & searchable PDF E-Books. All authors have a brief bio & are grouped into schools of thought, historical period, & nationality. All books have a brief description of their content & are organized into collections such as subject areas, topics, debates, & other special collections. Detailed bibliographical, copyright, & fair use information is provided about each book.

The OLL has been recognized by a number of prestigious bodies for its outstanding contribution to research and teaching in the humanities and social sciences. The National Endowment for the Humanities gave the OLL its “Best of the Humanities on the Web” Award (2005) saying “the OLL has some of the highest quality humanities-related educational content on the Internet.” The British Arts and Humanities Research Council’s gave the OLL its “Editor’s Choice” Award (2007): describing it as “one of the best and most relevant online resources in the arts and humanities. The International Political Science Association has selected the OLL as one of the Top 300 websites in the world for research in political science.

Of Special Interest to those in Political Science

  • the most scholarly editions of the complete works of Adam Smith (Oxford UP), David Ricardo (Cambridge UP), John Stuart Mill (University of Toronto P). See the Special Collections page.
  • the complete works of the following Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison
  • the complete works of others such as Machiavelli, William Shakespeare, John Locke, Montesquieu, Thomas Paine
  • The Intellectual Portrait Series with 25 hours of MP3 audio of interviews with leading economists and political philosophers such as Armen Alchian, Gary Becker, James Buchanan, Ronald Coase, Milton Friedman.
  • 377 volumes on political theory, 292 on economics, 229 on history, 155 on philosophy, 97 on the American Revolution & Constitution,
  • hundreds of biographies, bibliographies, & essays on key political ideas & political theorists
  • timelines of key authors & intellectual debates
  • over 80 key political & legal documents chronicling the development of free societies in the west
  • Course Reading Lists on Political Theory created by users of the OLL with links to key texts
  • Debates: socialism, equality, religious toleration, French Revolution, Utopias
  • Collections: Banned Books
  • Schools of Thought: Founding Fathers, abolition, Scottish Enlightenment
  • Topics: freedom of speech, American Revolution, rights of women, progress, property

User Created Reading Lists

Teachers & professors can now create their own customized reading lists for their classes using the resources of the OLL. See how to do this.

  • sign on & begin browsing the OLL website to select entire books or chapters to add to your list.
  • when you are finished making your selections you can edit your list giving it a title, adding explanatory information about your course, adding links to your own institution’s websites, changing the order of the readings, & so on.
  • when your reading list is finished you assign it to a subject area (e.g. “History”) & a suitable audience (e.g. “College Undergraduate”). If it is appropriate we will publish it on the OLL so your students can access it via the WWW.
  • browse our current reading lists for inspiration. See what other teachers are doing & how they are using the OLL to facilitate teaching & learning in the humanities.