Watch this clip from The Wire.  It is the best description of research, ever.

Lots of links on my homepage

The Internet Archive — if there is a broken link to what you need, this site might help you find it.   For instance, a campaign website from the past:

General Statistics and The Census

US Budget

Writing, Literature, and Film

Science, Health, and the Environment

California and General State Politics

Elections, Parties, Campaign Finance