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Voting, Elections, and Political Issues


This guide will assist you in gathering reliable information from print and online resources related to voting, elections, and current political issues. If you have questions or need assistance finding information, visit the library and speak to a librarian. You also can chat with a librarian, email or call the library.


Internet | Periodicals | Books


Find Internet Resources

    Patchwork Nation - A new 2008 election site from the Christian Science Monitor. The research on this site is based on 11 different types of 'voter communities' throughout the United States. More about Patchwork Nation.


    FactCheck.org - Annenberg Political Fact Check - A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization from the Annenberg public policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. It monitors the factual accuracy of what is presented in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.


    League of Women Voters - A nonpartisan political organization. Informs citizens of current issues and encourages citizens' participation in government.


    Project Vote Smart - A citizen's organization. Provides candidate information in five categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances, and interest group ratings.


    U.S. Electoral College - Provides voting statistics, information about the electoral college, the U.S. election system, and the administrative structure of U.S. elections. Authored by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.


    Open Secrets.Org: Your Guide to the Money in U.S. Elections - Provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. Contains information about the effects of money in politics, elections and public policy. Find out about PACs, 527 committees, and other special interest groups, search historical campaign finance data, and more.



Find Periodical Articles

The library has article databases that you can search by keyword or subject heading to find articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers. These databases provide citations, abstracts, and often the full text of articles. From the library homepage, click on Articles & Databases and explore some of the databases listed under Government & Politics. The library has a research guide entitled Locate Journals & Magazines in the Library that will answer additional questions you may have regarding periodicals. Here are a few recommended electronic periodical indexes (also refered to as "databases"):

Academic Search Complete - Provides citations and many full text articles to a multidisciplinary array of topics dating as far back as 1975. It indexes thousands of popular magazines and scholarly journals.

Elibrary Curriculum - Full text articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books, plus transcripts chosen from over 150 radio and television news programs, audio/video clips, pictures, maps, and recommended websites.

Info Trac Newspapers - Provides full-text coverage of newspapers such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, and the Austin American Statesman.


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Find Books

Search the Library Catalog to find books and audiovisuals in the library's collection. You may use browse or keyword search types to locate books for a particular topic. Here are some relevant subject headings to use in searches:

campaign funds presidential candidates
contested elections presidents
democracy proportional representation
Democratic Party Republican Party
elections representative government
election law right and left (political science)
political campaigns television and politics
political participation United States - Congress
political parties United States - politics and government
pressure groups voting


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