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Online resources for research on the European Union

Why do we need an overview of online resources for the EU?

We did a search for "European Union" in Google in December 2005 and were given 2,250,000 to choose from. On top of that it is well known that the EU itself offers a website that is wider and more comprehensive than any national government or other organisation. So you might be asking yourself why we need to include an overview of online sources on the EU as part of this Main Subject Group? Well, we decided to include this overview for two main reasons.

A small high-quality selection will help you to keep abreast of the subject

First of all there is the danger that when faced with such a large number of online resources you will be unable to see the woods for the trees, that is, it's incredibly easy to overlook the really high-quality sites. And it is for this reason that the list you will find here is very, very small indeed. Yet while it might only be small, we are certain that this handful of resources will have the answer to just about any question on the EU imaginable.

We have forgone our own glossary in favour of external sources

The second reason is that we have decided not to include our own glossary in this newly revised version of the EU for very good reasons. The amount of time and effort that would have been necessary to maintain and translate such a glossary into no less than nine languages would simply have been too large. And it is for this reason that we wanted to offer you some alternative glossary sources and have included these in our small list of links

How the link list is structured

We have divided the links up into three sections, starting with Portals. These are websites dedicated to providing you with comprehensive, far-reaching access to everything concerning the EU: Institutions, policy areas and research institutes dealing with EU issues etc. etc. Secondly, there is the Sources to Consult section, that is, large glossaries and chronologies etc. and, lastly, the News section, which as its name suggests recommends online sources that deal with current development.

We decided not to comment on each of the resources individually. We recommend visiting all of the sources for yourself. They all represent real treasure chests of information for anyone interested in the EU.

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