Scottish Studies Weblinks

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This website is created and maintained by the English Department of Faculty 06 at Mainz University in connection with the Scottish Studies Centre (established here in 1981) and the Scottish Studies Newsletter. The site offers a survey of the best and most useful links for students, scholars, and everybody interested in Scottish studies.
There are 11 sections:
1) Associations, Institutions, Societies
2) Journals
3) Libraries
4) Bibliographies
5) Language & Learning
6) Literature & Publishing
7) Governments, Museums & Factual Information
8) Information on the Scottish (SNP) governments from 2007 till today
9) Charities, Social, and Environmental Organisations
10) Civic Society & Cybernet Scotland
11) Further Useful Links & Sources
We welcome any additions from you as well as, perhaps, suggestions for new sections. Please send your ideas to Lothar Görke,

1) Associations, Institutions, Societies

Adam Smith Institute is the "UK's leading libertarian think tank. It engineers policies to increase Britain's economic competitiveness, inject choice into public services, and create a freer, more prosperous society." It also aims to educate young people with easy-to-read beginners' guides, student conferences and seminars. The website offers a quarterly newsletter, an annual report, an electronic version of their marketing leaflet, articles on all kinds of topics, and an e-bulletin. http://www.adamsmith.org/
The Adam Smith Institute is one of only four thinktanks in the UK that are not transparent, but prefer to remain opaque, i.e. they "'still consider it acceptable to take money from hidden hands behind closed doors'." (George Monbiot, ("Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it", Guardian 30-11-16 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/30/donald-trump-george-monbiot-misinformation?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other), and see the Transparify 2016 Report by On Think Tanks (https://onthinktanks.org/initiatives/transparify/transparify-2016-report/) for further details.)

Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS) is an educational charity that aims to promote the study, teaching, and writing of Scottish literature, and to further the study of the languages of Scotland. http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ScotLit/ASLS/index.html

Carlyle Society of Edinburgh "celebrates the work and life of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist and historian, born in Ecclefechan, and Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866) letter writer, born in Haddington." http://www.ed.ac.uk/literatures-languages-cultures/english-literature/research-activities/current/carlyle-letters/carlyle-society

Carlyle Craigenputtock Circle (CCC) is a "purely non-profit organisation committed to the study and promotion of Thomas and Jane's life at Craigenputtock and the preservation of this world-class estate." http://www.craigenputtock.org.uk/CCC.html

Centre for Robert Burns Studies, University of Glasgow, is dedicated to the development of research, scholarship and teaching in the area of Robert Burns, his cultural period, and related literature. http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/critical/research/researchcentresandnetworks/robertburnsstudies/

Centre for Educational Sociology (CES), a research centre at The University of Edinburgh, "which pursues its research interests in secondary, further and higher education and in educational and labour market transitions". http://www.ces.ed.ac.uk/

Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. The centre offers undergraduate papers in Scottish Studies, as well as graduate supervision at the Masters and Doctoral level. Scottish Studies at Otago is an interdisciplinary study of the history, literature, and culture of Scotland since the late seventeenth century. http://www.otago.ac.nz/scottish_studies/index.html

Centre for Public Policy for Regions at the University of Glasgow is concerned with the role of public policy in promoting economic and social development in Scotland and beyond. www.cppr.ac.uk/

Centre for Scottish Studies, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, explores Scottish history and culture as well as the relationship between Scotland and Canada. http://scottish.sfu.ca/

Centre for Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen. http://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss/about/ahrc-centre-66.php      

Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, Princeton University, promotes and encourages the "highest levels of research and study of Scottish philosophy." http://www.ptsem.edu/library/cssp/default.aspx?id=6873&menu1_id=6872&menu2_id=6872

David Hume Institute, Edinburgh, promotes "informed debate on public policy". http://www.davidhumeinstitute.com/ 2011 is the tercentenary of the birth of David Hume, and Edinburgh University celebrates this with lectures, exhibitions, and seminars. http://www.ed.ac.uk/about/video/lecture-series/hume/video       

Department of Scottish Literature is "the only academic unit in the UK exclusively dedicated to the teaching and research of Scottish Literature", located at the University of Glasgow. http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/scottishliterature/

Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Society is an interdisciplinary and international society examining 18th-century Scottish culture and society. http://www.ecsss.org/

Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, is concerned with "the study of human traditions, especially the traditions of the North and the North-East of Scotland." http://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/

Global Burns Network, University of Glasgow, is a project supported by the Centre for Robert Burns Studies and is dedicated to promoting the works of Robert Burns and their critical importance. http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/globalburnsnetwork/

Hume Society is an "international organisation promoting scholarship on all aspects of the thought and writings of David Hume." http://www.humesociety.org/

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, promotes "interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences". http://www.iash.ed.ac.uk/

Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a think tank which offers information on ongoing research and reports on devolution on the website. www.ippr.org/

Institute of Governance at the University of Edinburgh, a centre of research expertise on multi-level politics and territorial identity. www.institute-of-governance.org/

Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies, based at the University of Ulster, has the goal "to explore the history, heritage and legacy of the Ulster Scots people", an ethnic group in Ireland mainly descended from Lowland Scots. http://www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/ulsterscots/

International Adam Smith Society was "founded in 1995 with two aims: (i) to encourage interdisciplinary scholarly interest in Adam Smith's writings, as well as in topics and issues connected with his writings; and (ii) to provide a forum for the sharing of research and scholarship relating to Adam Smith." http://www.adamsmithsociety.net/

International Association for Scottish Philosophy exists "to promote and extend interest in the Scottish philosophical tradition." It has a Scottish Philosophy e-zine and produces the bi-annual Journal of Scottish Philosophy. http://www.scottishphilosophy.org/

International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures (IASSL) aims to "expand the reach of Scottish literature" and "ensure that Scottish Literature’s status as a national literature is internationally recognized and promoted as widely as possible." http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/arts/research/scottishstudiesglobal/iassl/

James Hogg Society, University of Stirling, was "founded in 1981 to encourage the study of the life and writings of James Hogg and to bring together all those interested in him. The Society holds bi-annual conferences, bringing together international admirers of Hogg to reassess his work." http://www.stir.ac.uk/arts-humanities/research/areas/thejameshoggsociety/

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is a British social policy research and development charity, that funds a UK-wide research and development programme. Its aims are "to identify the root causes of poverty and injustice, to support resilient communities where people thrive, and to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing society." www.jrf.org.uk/

Open Britain is a cross-party, grassroots campaign. We believe: Britain is stronger with Europe. We are leading the fight against a hard, destructive Brexit. http://www.open-britain.co.uk/

Reform Scotland is a "public policy institute or 'think tank' which was established as a separate Scottish charity, completely independent of any political party or any other organisation and funded by donations from individuals, charitable trusts and corporate organisations. Its objective is to set out policies in Scotland that deliver increased economic prosperity and more effective public services based on the traditional Scottish principles of limited government, diversity and personal responsibility." http://reformscotland.com/index.php (A comment on this site: http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/mel-kelly/bbc-yet-again-presents-right-wing-think-tank’s-work-as-objective-research.)

Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen. http://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss/

Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU), a cross-university research collaboration that investigates the use of social science research in public policy and service delivery settings. www.ruru.ac.uk/

Royal Society of Edinburgh is "Scotland's National Academy. Its mission is to advance learning and useful knowledge and by doing so it supports the cultural, economic and social well-being of Scotland and its people. It is not influenced by causes promoted by others and is an important source of independent expertise across the whole range of intellectual, business and public life in Scotland." https://www.royalsoced.org.uk/rse.htm

Saltire Society was "founded in 1936 to improve the quality of life in Scotland and restore the country to its proper place as a creative force in Europe. It seeks to preserve all that is best in Scottish tradition and to encourage new developments which can strengthen and enrich the country's cultural life. It has wide ranging interests including architecture, arts & crafts, civil engineering, history, literature, music, and science – and promotes excellence in many fields through a series of national awards." http://www.saltiresociety.org.uk/

School of Education, University of Glasgow, offers a Scottish studies certificate including courses on various aspects of Scottish society. http://www.gla.ac.uk/courses/openstudies/certhe/scottishstudies/

School of Scottish Studies, University of Guelph, established to co-ordinate graduate studies in the history, literature and culture of Scotland and Scottish settlements in Canada. "Special emphasis is at present laid on Scottish history from the 14th to the early 20th century, Scottish migrations and settlement in Canada, and Scottish and Scottish-Canadian literature." http://www.uoguelph.ca/history/scottishstudies

Scots Philosophical Association promotes "the study and teaching of philosophy in Scotland." The Association is joint owner (with the University of St. Andrews) of the Philosophical Quarterly. http://www.scotsphil.org.uk/

The Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER) is a new independent and unaligned EU think tank, based in Edinburgh, that will inform, debate and provide up-to-the-minute, high-quality research and analysis of European Union developments and challenges, with a particular focus on Scotland’s EU interests and policies. https://www.scer.scot/

Scottish Environment Protection Agency. http://www.sepa.org.uk/

Scottish History is one of the five subject areas of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh with an extensive range of teaching and research in Scottish history. http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/history-classics-archaeology/graduate-school/programmes/history/taught-msc-scottish-history

Scottish Studies, University of Victoria. The Hugh Campbell and Marion Alice Small Fund for Scottish Studies sustains a Scottish studies scholarship for a graduate student, a faculty fellowship in Scottish studies as well as an annual public lecture delivered to the St. Andrew's and Caledonian Society of Victoria. The Endowment will also provide for the acquisition of materials to support Scottish studies at the University of Victoria. In addition, the Faculty of Humanities offers courses in Scottish Studies. http://web.uvic.ca/humanities/aboutus/scottish.php

Sottish Studies Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to actively supporting the Scottish tradition in Canada at the academic level by raising the awareness of the Scottish heritage in Canada through various levels of education. As well as maintaining a Chair of Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph, the Foundation funds academic scholarships in Scotland and Canada, publishes the annual scholarly journal International Review of Scottish Studies and sponsors and organizes Canadian and Scottish conferences and cultural events. http://www.scottishstudies.com/

Scottish Studies Society see Sottish Studies Foundation

Social and Spatial Inequalities Group conducts interdisciplinary research which contributes to an evidence base for policy development aimed at reducing social inequalities. www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/

Société Française d'Études Écossaises, University of Tours. The aim of the French Society for Scottish Studies is to promote research into Scottish themes inside the French University network, by facilitating dialogue and cooperation between its members as well as by stimulating new ideas and projects on Scottish questions. It also acts as the French link to Scottish research communities, not only in Scotland, but throughout the world. http://sfee.univ-tours.fr/

Society for Scottish Studies in Europe wants to promote Scottish studies in research and teaching. www.scottishstudies.eu

St. Andrew's and Caledonian Society of Victoria is dedicated to keeping Scottish interests and culture alive now and in the future. http://www.sacsvictoria.com/default.html

A list of further Caledonian, Scottish and St. Andrew's Societies can be found here: http://www.rampantscotland.com/features/societies.htm.

Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies, University of Stirling, "aims to promote research, publication and postgraduate recruitment in Scottish Studies, arising from established strengths and academic interests in Stirling within and especially across the boundaries of literature, art, music, history, media, philosophy, politics, social issues and cultural theory." http://www.stir.ac.uk/arts-humanities/research/centres/stirling-centre-for-scottish-studies/

UK and EU, The authoritative source for independent research on UK-EU relations. http://ukandeu.ac.uk/

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2) Journals

Adam Smith Review, sponsored by the 'International Adam Smith Society', "provides a unique forum for vigorous debate and the highest standards of scholarship on all aspects of Adam Smith's works, his place in history, and the significance of his writings for the modern world." It aims to "facilitate debate between scholars working from different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives." http://www.adamsmithreview.org/index.html

The Bottle Imp, University of Glasgow, "exists to promote the teaching and study of Scottish literature and language. It consists of "articles, opinions and arguments waiting to happen". It is created by writers and academics, published by the 'Association for Scottish Literary Studies', and available on the net. http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ScotLit/ASLS/SWE/TBI/

Cable Magazine, international affairs from Scotland. https://www.cablemagazine.scot/the-cable-dialogues/

The Canadian Scots is the Newsletter of the Scottish Studies Society. http://www.electriccanadian.com/lifestyle/scots_canadian.htm

The Drouth. Scottish Literary Quarterly. http://www.thedrouth.org/

Études Écossaises is an annual journal based on a central theme and covering various aspects relating to Scotland. http://etudesecossaises.revues.org/

Holyrood, a fortnightly political and current affairs magazine. www.holyrood.com/

Hume Studies "is an interdisciplinary scholarly journal dedicated to publishing important work bearing on the thought of David Hume". Hume Studies Online offers free access to volumes 1-31, and at some universities with a proper contract, such as Mainz University, all volumes are accessible via Project Muse. http://www.humestudies.org/

International Journal of Scottish Literature is "an online peer-reviewed journal, which aims to develop and circulate international perspectives on Scottish writing". http://www.ijsl.stir.ac.uk/ Issue 7 (Winter 2010/11) on 'Translation and Scottish Literature' in PDF file is available here.

International Review of Scottish Studies is an annual Scottish Studies Journal published by the University of Guelph's Centre for Scottish Studies. http://www.irss.uoguelph.ca/

Journal for the Study of British Cultures aims to "provide an appropriate platform for the study and discussion of British cultures through in-depth articles, case studies, reviews etc." http://www.jsbc.de/

Journal of Scottish Philosophy publishes innovative work by philosophers and historians of ideas on all aspects and every period of the Scottish philosophical tradition. http://www.scottishphilosophy.org/journalofscottishphilosophy.html and http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/jsp

Journal of Stevenson Studies is published under the auspices of the 'Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies' at the University of Stirling. https://www.stir.ac.uk/arts-humanities/research/centres/stirling-centre-for-scottish-studies/journalofstevensonstudies/       

The National, a new Scottish daily newspaper, "the only one that supports the idea of independence for Scotland", published by Newsquest, which also publishes the Herald, the Sunday Herald and the Evening Times. http://www.thenational.scot/

The Philosophical Quarterly is "one of the main journals of philosophy in Britain" and edited by a board consisting of members of the staff of philosophy departments at St. Andrews and other Scottish universities. http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~pq/

Scottish Affairs is "Scotland's longest-running journal on contemporary political and social issues". http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/scot

Scottish Educational Review publishes academic articles and research notes relating to the field of education, as well as a regular review of the proceedings of the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee of the Scottish Parliament, and reviews of new book publications. http://www.scotedreview.org.uk/

The Scottish Historical Review is "the premier journal in the field of Scottish Historical Studies, covering all periods of Scottish history from the early to the modern, encouraging a variety of historical approaches". http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/shr

Scottish Left Review, a non-party bi-monthly journal providing a left of centre perspective on Scottish topics. http://www.scottishleftreview.org/

The Scottish Literary Review (formerly Scottish Literary Journal 1994-2000; Scottish Studies Review 2000-2008) is "the premier journal of Scottish literature and literary studies". It publishes critical and scholarly articles and reviews. http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ScotLit/ASLS/SLR.html

Scottish Review, published by the Institute of Contemporary Scotland (ICS) in Glasgow (established in 2000), "aims 'to stimulate discussion and revitalisation of thought and debate in Scotland' and 'to stimulate awareness and discussion of social, economic and cultural issues affecting Scotland and Scots through education and educational initiatives'. It has charitable status." (http://www.scottishreview.net/Aboutusnew.shtml) They also edit intriguing anthologies available as PDF-files (http://www.scottishreview.net/SRAnthologySept13.pdf). www.scottishreview.net/

Scottish Review of Books is a quarterly review of Scottish literature. http://www.scottishreviewofbooks.org/

SCROLL – Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature "publishes new work in Scottish studies, with a focus in analysis and reinterpretation of the literature and languages of Scotland and the cultural contexts that have shaped them". http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?SerieId=SCROLL

Studies in Scottish Literature, "founded in 1963 and based at the University of South Carolina since 1965, was the first refereed scholarly journal in its field, and it remains among the top Scottish literature journals internationally, publishing new research and critical debate on all periods of Scottish literature". Free access to digital volumes. http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/ssl/

Tocher is a bi-annual publication with transcriptions of traditional stories in English, Scots and Gaelic. There is also an online archive. http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/literatures-languages-cultures/celtic-scottish-studies/research-publications/publications/in-house-pubs/tocher

Translation and Literature is "an interdisciplinary scholarly journal focusing on English Literature in its foreign relations". www.eupjournals.com/tal

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3) Libraries

The British Library. http://www.bl.uk/

Capital Collections is the image library of Edinburgh City Libraries, Museums and Galleries. http://www.capitalcollections.org.uk/

The European Library Portal is a free service that offers access to the resources of the 48 national libraries of Europe in 35 languages. http://search.theeuropeanlibrary.org/portal/en/index.html

Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections of the University of South Carolina Library is the home of the G. Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns & Scottish Poetry and has the biggest collection of Scottish literature outside Scotland. The library also has a growing series of digital projects making manuscripts or rare sources available. http://library.sc.edu/spcoll/rarebook.html (The Scottish digital projects can be accessed here: http://library.sc.edu/digital/collections/sldp/sldp.html.)

The National Library of Scotland. http://www.nls.uk/

OCLC WorldCat – The World's Libraries is a global network of library content and services. http://www.oclc.org/support/documentation/firstsearch/databases/dbdetails/details/WorldCat.htm

Scottish Poetry Library, "a unique national resource and advocate for the art of poetry, and Scottish poetry in particular". http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/

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4) Bibliographies

ABELL - Annual Bibliography of English Language & Literature lists "annually all scholarly articles, books and reviews concerning English language and literature and related topics published anywhere in the world, and in any language". http://www.mhra.org.uk/Publications/Journals/abell.html

Bibliography of Scotland, an "online national bibliography for Scotland, bringing together over 90,000 records of books, periodicals and major articles of Scottish interest published all over the world". https://auth.nls.uk/ldc/browse.cfm?rid=70

Bibliography of Scottish Literature. http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/STELLA/bibliography/index.html

Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation – BOSLIT, "an online resource that offers an extensive and readily accessible source of information about Scottish literature in translation". http://www.nls.uk/catalogues/boslit      

Scottish Bibliography Online "contains references to Scottish content found in books, periodicals, and other media and is a unique resource, freely available to all". http://www.nls.uk/catalogues/scottish-bibliographies-online

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5) Language & Learning

Dictionary of the Scots Language consists of electronic versions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language: the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the Scottish National Dictionary (SND) with its two supplements. http://www.dsl.ac.uk/

Lexilogos Scots Dictionary.  http://www.lexilogos.com/english/scots_dictionary.htm

The Online Scots Dictionary.  http://scots-online.org/dictionary/index.asp

The Rampant Scotland Directory contains more than 13,000 Scotland-related links and is regularly updated. http://www.rampantscotland.com

SCOTS – Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech is a large electronic corpus of both written and spoken texts for the languages of Scotland. http://www.scottishcorpus.ac.uk/

The Scots Language Centre. http://www.scotslanguage.com/

Scots Language Society. http://www.lallans.co.uk/

Scots Tongue.  http://www.cs.stir.ac.uk/~kjt/general/scots.html

Scottish Language Dictionaries "lists a variety of useful online resources pertaining to the Scots language and Scottish literature and culture". http://www.scotsdictionaries.org.uk/Scots/Links.html

Scottish Parliament Glossary lists parliamentary terms and definitions. http://www.parliament.uk/site-information/glossary/?letter=S

Scottish  Vernacular Dictionary. http://www.firstfoot.com/dictionary

SCRAN is a charity and online learning resource base with over 480,000 images & media from museums, galleries, archives and the media. It is part of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. http://www.scran.ac.uk/

STARN – Scots Teaching and Resource Network "collects Scottish literary and non-literary materials, which are usually difficult to access by other means. They are primarily intended for use by educationalists and researchers into aspects of Scottish culture, particularly Scottish literature and varieties of Scots language". http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/STELLA/STARN/

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6) Literature & Publishing

Carmina Gadelica is a collection of oral literature written down from the recital of men and women throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaidhlig/corpus/Carmina/

Poetry Association of Scotland is a charity promoting public readings of poetry. http://www.scottishpoetry.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/PAS2014_first/PAS_programme.html    

Publishing Scotland is a network organisation for the publishing industry of Scotland. http://www.publishingscotland.org/       

Walter Scott Digital Archive is the main Scott resource on the web. http://www.walterscott.lib.ed.ac.uk/home.html

Scottish Book Trust promotes literature, reading and writing in Scotland. http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/

Scottish Centre for the Book, based at Edinburgh Napier University, focuses on research and knowledge transfer in publishing, the material book and print culture. http://www.napier.ac.uk/creativeindustries/centres/scob/Pages/Home.aspx       

Scottish Studies Database is a list of scholars currently working in Scottish literature, language, history and culture, with their research interests and institutions. http://www.scotlit.arts.gla.ac.uk/aslsdb/

Scottish Text Society is a major publisher of important texts from Scotland's literary history. http://www.scottishtextsociety.org/

Scottish Writing Exhibition is a project managed by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. It brings the best of Scotland's literary culture to academic conferences, with the aim of encouraging and supporting the study and teaching of Scottish literature internationally. http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ScotLit/ASLS/SWE/NewScottishWriting.html

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7) Governments, Museums & Factual Information

Audit Scotland, a service which carries out audits of public bodies. www.audit-scotland.gov.uk

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), the national association of Scottish councils. www.cosla.gov.uk

General Register Office for Scotland (GROS). www.gro-scotland.gov.uk

Improvement Service, a service which provides advice, consultancy and support for councils and their partners to help improve the efficiency, quality and accountability of local public services in Scotland. http://www.improvementservice.org.uk

Mass Observation. Recording everyday life in Britain, an archive in the trust of the University of Sussex with special collections about everyday life in Britain. http://www.massobs.org.uk/index.htm

National Archives of Scotland (NAS), a National Records of Scotland Website. http://www.nas.gov.uk

National Museums of Scotland. http://www.nms.ac.uk/

National Records of Scotland (NRS)http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/

Scotland's People, Scotland's largest family history centre. http://www.scotlandspeoplehub.gov.uk/

Scotland.org, the "official gateway to Scotland", is a website run by the Scottish Government, which contains information on various topics such as government and culture or working and studying in Scotland. http://www.scotland.org

Scottish Archive Network (SCAN), "aims to revolutionise access to Scotland's archives by providing a single electronic catalogue to the holdings of more than 50 Scottish archives." (http://www.scan.org.uk/aboutus/default.asp). http://www.scan.org.uk/index.html

Scottish Continuous Recording System (SCORE), archive website. http://www.scoreonline.org.uk/

Scottish Council on Archives, collects information on Scottish archives, provides opportunities for research and learning in these archives, and provides training and development opportunities for them. http://www.scottisharchives.org.uk/ (They also offer a monthly e-magazine called Broadsheet with articles and interviews from across Scotland: http://www.scottisharchives.org.uk/news/magazine.)

Scottish Government is the official home of The Scottish Government. http://scotland.gov.uk/

Scottish Parliament. http://www.scottish.parliament.uk 

Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO). www.scotpho.org.uk/

Scottish Screen Archive, provides information on and access to Scotland's national moving images collection. http://ssa.nls.uk/

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8) Information on the Scottish (SNP) governments from 2007 till today

Commission on Scottish Devolution, Final Report of the independent review of the experience of Scottish devolution since 1998. http://www.commissiononscottishdevolution.org.uk/       

Devolution and Constitutional Change, research programme funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. http://www.pol.ed.ac.uk/research/grants_and_projects/archived_projects/esrc

Devolution Matters, a blog of comment and analysis about devolution in the United Kingdom, how it works and how it is developing. http://devolutionmatters.wordpress.com

Education Scotland, an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government, tasked with improving the quality of the country’s education system. www.educationscotland.gov.uk

Scottish Government policy documents, www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/

Scottish National Party (SNP), the official website. http://www.snp.org

Scotland Office, represents Scottish interests within the UK Government. www.scotlandoffice.gov.uk

Scottish Parliamenthttp://www.scottish.parliament.uk/

White Paper "Scotland's Future", downloadable document. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/11/9348/downloads

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9) Charities, Social, and Environmental Organisations

 

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, a network carrying out projects to improve the situation of children from poor families in Scotland. http://www.cpag.org.uk/scotland/about

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER), focused on helping to eliminate racial discrimination and harassment and promoting racial justice across Scotland. http://www.crer.org.uk/

Community Regeneration and Tackling Poverty Learning Network, cross-Government initiative that supports Community Planning Partnerships and their partners to improve the way communities are regenerated and poverty is tackled throughout Scotland. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/regeneration/pir/learningnetworks/cr

Equality Trust, an independent, evidence-based campaign working to reduce income inequality in order to improve the quality of life in the UK. www.equalitytrust.org.uk

Fawcett Society, campaign for equality between women and men. www.fawcettsociety.org.uk

Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES), Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation. http://www.foe-scotland.org.uk/

Glasgow Works, Glasgow’s City Strategy Pathfinder, one of fifteen established by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in the UK. http://www.glasgoworks.eu/

Green Alternatives to Incineration in Scotland, a campaign for sustainable methods of waste management. http://www.gainscotland.org.uk/

IPPR is the UK's leading progressive thinktank. We are an independent registered charity with more than 40 staff members, paid interns and visiting fellows. Our main office is in London, with IPPR North, IPPR's dedicated thinktank for the North of England, operating out of offices in Newcastle and Manchester, and IPPR Scotland, IPPR’s dedicated thinktank for Scotland, operating out of offices in Edinburgh.
Our purpose is to conduct and promote research into, and the education of the public in, the economic, social and political sciences, science and technology, the voluntary sector and social enterprise, public services, and industry and commerce. http://www.ippr.org/about

Learning Disability Alliance Scotland, an organisation for the promotion of the rights of people with learning disabilities. http://www.ldascotland.org/

Our Kingdom. Power and Liberty in Britain is the British section of Open Democracy. "We question and investigate power in the United Kingdom, whether public or secret, cultural or economic, from the perspective of securing and enhancing our shared liberty. In doing so we seek to fill a growing need in the country's media for serious and engaged debate." http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom

People First (Scotland), an independent self-advocacy and collective advocacy organisation of people with learning difficulties in Scotland. http://www.peoplefirstscotland.org/

Planning Democracy, a campaigning group advocating a fair and inclusive planning system in Scotland. http://www.planningdemocracy.org.uk/

ScotCen Social Research, the Scottish branch of NatCen Social Research, Britain’s leading centre for independent social research. http://www.scotcen.org.uk/

Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability (SCLD), a charity whose goal it is to help people with learning disabilities and their families and create an inclusive Scotland. www.scld.org.uk

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), national body for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. www.scvo.org.uk

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)http://www.sepa.org.uk/

Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF), Scotland’s Independent Regeneration Network. www.scotregen.co.uk

Shelter Scotland, housing and homelessness charity. http://scotland.shelter.org.uk/

Sniffer, a charity which delivers solutions to resilience and sustainability issues in Scotland. http://www.sniffer.org.uk/

Social Work Action Network (SWAN), a network of social work practitioners, academics, students and social welfare service users. http://www.socialworkfuture.org

The Poverty Alliance, an organisation established to combat poverty and promote social and economic justice in Scotland. http://povertyalliance.org/about_us

The Poverty Site, UK site for statistics on poverty and social exclusion (not updated since late 2011). www.poverty.org.uk

What Scotland Thinks provides impartial, up-to-date information on public attitudes to Scottish independence. It is run by ScotCen Social Research with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council. http://whatscotlandthinks.org/

Women's Equality Party, a "collaborative force in British politics uniting people of all genders, diverse ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs and experiences in the shared determination to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as me" (http://www.womensequality.org.uk/about). http://www.womensequality.org.uk/

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10) Civic Society & Cybernet Scotland

38 Degrees is a campaigning community, which enables people to act together, to create an avalanche for change. 38 Degrees brings you together with other people to take action on the issues that matter to you (and that politicians, the administration etc. disregard or avoid dealing with). http://www.38degrees.org.uk/

Advice to Ofcom "has been set up by Ofcom's National Advisory Committees as a space for you to share your views and experiences on [technology and communication services]. What works? What doesn't? What do you think of issues and technologies on the horizon?" (http://advicetoofcom.org.uk/about). http://advicetoofcom.org.uk/category/where-i-live/scotland

All of Us First, emerging movement which is developing a vision for economic and social development in Scotland. http://allofusfirst.org (now part of Common Weal)

aPolitical, a weekly podcast featuring interviews with people involved in Scottish politics. http://www.apoliticalpodcast.com/

Bella Caledonia, a non-profit, online magazine from Scotland. It is collectively and independently run by volunteers. We aim to create a space for exploring an alternative to a society degraded by poverty, ecological crisis, imperialism, and the illegitimate authority of the British State. http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/

Bright Green, a left wing blog with "news and comment for the green and progressive movement". http://bright-green.org/

Broadcasting Scotland, an independent new media service" (http://www.broadcastingscotland.net/about-broadcasting-scotland/), which evolved from Referendum TV. It aims to offer a fair and balanced program for everyone in Scotland. http://www.broadcastingscotland.net/

Campaign for Scottish Home Rule, "includes people from across the political spectrum and from outwith politics who have come together to make the case for an effective, sustainable and productive Home Rule settlement for Scotland". http://homerule.scot/

Common Space, a new digital news service and social network in Scotland, funded by and part of the Common Weal think-tank. http://commonspace.scot/

Common Weal, a movement propagating a vision for economic and social development in Scotland which is distinct and different from the political orthodoxy that dominates politics and economics in London. http://scottishcommonweal.org/

The Conversation, "an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Our team of professional editors work with university and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public. Access to independent, high quality, authenticated, explanatory journalism underpins a functioning democracy. Our aim is to allow for better understanding of current affairs and complex issues. And hopefully allow for a better quality of public discourse and conversations." (https://theconversation.com/uk/who-we-are). https://theconversation.com/uk

Democratic Society, "a society that believes democracy goes beyond a vote every five years. The Democratic Society (Demsoc) is a UK-based membership organisation that aims to make democracy work for the 21st century. We are trying to build a more participative democracy, based on good information, transparent government, and open decision making. A small team manage the day-to-day running of Demsoc, and undertake projects with government at a local, national and international level. Our project work funds Demsoc, and we are a non-profit organisation. We work mainly with governments, but we are independent of political parties. It is important to us that we remain politically neutral, so that we are able to work with, and include, anyone who wishes to get more out of their democratic rights" (http://www.demsoc.org/who-are-we/). http://www.demsoc.org/

Eyewitness Scotland, a weekly radio documentary presented by Carolyn Scott and Jack Foster "focusing not just on issues from across Scotland and the United Kingdom but offering a Scottish perspective on global issues" (https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/3656/new-online-documentary-series-eyewitness-scotland-launches). http://eyewitnessscot.podbean.com/

Frack Off Scotland "is part of a global campaign to halt fracking as well as other unconvential gas sources such as Coal Bed Methane and Underground Coal Gasification".  http://frackoffscotland.org.uk/

Gerry Hassan: writing, research, policy and ideas, "Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and ideas and Research Fellow in cultural policy at the University of the West of Scotland". This website collects his essays and other pieces of writing. http://www.gerryhassan.com/

The Grassroots Directory, "a new format source book that will list some of the most innovative, practical and exciting community-led projects in the UK" (http://grassrootsdirectory.org/about-2/). http://grassrootsdirectory.org/

Holiday Scotland Daily, "daily news, pictures and videos of Scotland by www.holidayscotland.org and www.scotlandinfo.eu". http://paper.li/HolidayScotIand/1425932045?edition_id=1fb575a0-8af3-11e5-a8c0-0cc47a0d1609

Independence Live, DON'T HATE THE MEDIA, BECOME THE MEDIA. "Independence Live livestreams events, which the mainstream media will not cover. We have livestreamed over 200 events since November 2013 and all for FREE. Our success and continued growth is down to the dedication of our volunteers and the support of our viewers. We cover political, social and cultural events and news stories in Scotland but also across the globe using Skype livestreams with our foreign citizen correspondents." (http://www.independencelive.net/about). http://www.independencelive.net/ (with their livestream site https://livestream.com/IndependenceLive , a blog http://blog.independencelive.net/, and on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/IndependenceLive)

Indiegogo, a fundraising site which helps individuals, businesses, and non-profits to raise money online. https://www.indiegogo.com/ The subsite dedicated to Scottish projects is available at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-common-weal-we-need-you-to-build-a-better-scotland

Infacts, a "journalistic enterprise making the fact-based case for strong relations between Britain and the EU. We also expose the false promises and inaccurate statements made about Britain and its relationship to the EU" (https://infacts.org/mission-statement/). https://infacts.org/

iScot, a "multi-media current affairs & lifestyle publication packed with news and quality features, photographs and video about Scotland crafted for a global audience". http://iscot.scot/

The Jimmy Reid Foundation, an "independent 'think tank' and advocacy group" that intends to "bring together voices and minds from across the spectrum of left politics in Scotland". http://reidfoundation.org/

KILTR, a new media platform that creates and shares culturally relevant content. www.kiltr.com

Left Scotland, a youtube channel, which "covers Scottish politics from a leftwing perspective", explains green and radical political ideas and encourages discussion. https://www.youtube.com/user/stephenpaton134

Liberty is also known as the National Council for Civil Liberties. Founded in 1934, we are a cross party, non-party membership organisation at the heart of the movement for fundamental rights and freedoms in the UK. https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/

Media Reform UK, "independent coalition of groups and individuals" set up to "coordinate the most effective contribution by civil society groups, academics and media campaigners to debates over media regulation, ownership and democracy" (http://www.mediareform.org.uk/about). The group is part of the Dept. of Media and Communications, Goldsmith College, London. http://www.mediareform.org.uk/

National Collective, a "cultural movement for Scottish independence, featuring artists, writers and activists" ('Imagine a better Scotland'). nationalcollective.com 

Newsnet.scot, "an independent politics and current affairs site". http://newsnet.scot/

Open Democracy UK, "We question and investigate power in the United Kingdom, whether public or secret, cultural or economic, from the perspective of securing and enhancing our shared liberty. In doing so we seek to fill a growing need in the country's media for serious and engaged debate" (https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/about). https://www.opendemocracy.net/

Open Rights Group Scotland "exists to preserve and promote your rights in the digital age". Originally a London based group, Open Rights Group launched Open Rights Group Scotland in June 2015 to address "specific Scottish concerns over digital rights". https://scotland.openrightsgroup.org/

Patchwork Foundation, a "not for profit organisation that helps to engage under-represented, deprived and minority communities within British society through exposure and engagement into the political environment" (http://www.patchworkfoundation.org.uk/frequently-asked-questions/). http://www.patchworkfoundation.org.uk/

Post, a Scottish media collective [that] aims to provide a new type of forum for Scotland with a focus on progressive politics, environment and technology" (http://postmag.org/about/). http://postmag.org/ (with their downloadable Magazine http://postmag.org/magazine/)

Radical Independence Campaign. "We believe Scotland should be a people’s democracy, a society of equality, a great welfare state, a good neighbour, and pioneer a just economy. We believe this better Scotland can only begin with independence." http://radicalindependence.org/

Save our Human Rights, a campaign launched on the 38 Degrees Campaigns to prevent the repeal of the Human Rights Act. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-our-human-rights?bucket=blast2

Sceptical Scot, a "forum inviting passionate, informed debate for all who care about Scotland’s future". http://sceptical.scot/

Scot Goes Pop!, A pro-independence blog by James Kelly. http://scotgoespop.blogspot.co.uk/

Scottish Album of the Year Awards, an ambitious "new national prize established to reward and promote the diversity and creativity of music and art in Scotland". www.sayaward.com

The Scottish Diaspora Blog, the digital home of my work on the Scots abroad. I am especially interested in the history of Scottish clubs and societies in Australasia, North America and Africa, in ethnic identity, and in the transfer of Scottish culture. I post stories regularly that explore the history of Scottish migration and the experiences of Scots abroad. http://thescottishdiaspora.net/

Scottish Independence Convention is a stakeholder organisation for all those who wish to see Scotland be an independent country. It brings together all the independence-supporting political parties (SNP, Scottish Greens, SSP), the national independence-supporting organisations (Labour for Independence, Women for Independence, Radical Independence Campaign, Business for Scotland, NHS Yes, Common Weal and a range of others) and representatives of local grassroots groups. independenceconvention.scot

Scottish Left Project is "constructing a replacement for Labour that truly reflects the needs of Scotland's working class, and a policy program that reflects the needs of European societies to escape skyrocketing inequality, anti-immigrant hysteria, endless war, and the degradation of democracy". http://leftproject.scot/

Scotzine, "a daily news and features website dedicated to the game of football in Scotland". http://www.scotzine.com/

Think Scotland, an independent not-for-profit debating forum with a cross section of topical, political and cultural writing – from the perspective of mainly Scottish Conservative authors. http://www.thinkscotland.org/

Thoughtland, "a blog of ideas, from a left-green perspective, supporting the campaign for Scottish nation-state independence - and once achieved, the full development and progress of Scotland itself." (edited by Pat Kane) http://www.thoughtland.info

A Thousand Flowers, a blog dealing with Scottish politics with a special focus on gender and feminist issues. http://athousandflowers.net/

Two Minute Manifesto, "a monthly mix of ideas, music, poetry, performance and political commentary". http://www.twominutemanifesto.com/

UK General Election 2020, a blog discussing the UK general election 2020, featuring poll and election results. http://ukgeneralelection2020.blogspot.co.uk/

UK General Election 2020 Daily, a newspaper discussing the UK general election 2020 curated by the team running the UK General Election 2020 blog. http://paper.li/UKGE2020/1442306267?edition_id=75e3d200-63c5-11e5-9c92-0cc47a0d1609

We are Northern Lights, a film project with the goal to create a documentary about Scotland out of footage submitted by members of the public. Part of the initiative 'Year of Creative Scotland 2012'. wearenorthernlights.com

We are OurKingdom, the British section of openDemocracy. https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/about

Wings over Scotland, a "Scottish political website, which focuses particularly on the media – whether mainstream print and broadcast organisations or the online and social-network community – as well as offering its own commentary and analysis". (http://wingsoverscotland.com/about/) http://wingsoverscotland.com/

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11) Further Useful Links & Sources

Creative Scotland invests in the arts, screen and creative industries for the benefit of the people of Scotland. http://www.creativescotland.com/

Criminal Justice (CJ) Scotland, a helpful source of information on Scottish criminal justice. http://www.cjscotland.co.uk/

EBSCOhost - Academic Search™ Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database. It offers full-text coverage of many fields of study. http://www.ebscohost.com/academic/academic-search-complete

Scotsman Digital Archive is a digital Archive of the Scotsman, Scotland's main newspaper, which includes every issue of The Scotsman from 1817 – 1950. http://archive.scotsman.com/

Serious Banking Complaints Bureau (SBCB), "a specialist team [...] receiving, collating, investigating and analysing banking complaints" that helps "complainants, assisting with gathering their evidence and helping them to understand the process they are going through" (http://sbcb.org.uk/about/). http://sbcb.org.uk/

Skills Development Scotland (SDS), a service helping employees find a good job, and employers train and improve their workforce. http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/

SME Alliance, a business network "for SME owners and collaborators to actively help resolve some of the problems SMEs have to deal with". http://www.smealliance.org/

UK in a Changing Europe promotes rigorous, high-quality and independent research into the complex and ever changing relationship between the UK and the European Union (EU). http://ukandeu.ac.uk/about-us/

Latest Update: 8 October, 2017

 

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