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Elections (U.S.)

Stanford University Libraries contains many titles on elections, making it an excellent place for students conducting research in this area. Relevant titles are found between JK 1976 and JK 2161 and throughout the general collection depending upon subject matter. Use Socrates, Stanford's online catalog, to locate books and other materials. Use the library's print or electronic indexes to locate journal articles and published papers.

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Dictionaries

Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Dictionaries, etc. can provide useful descriptions, overviews, and lists of recommended reading on a topic.

Congressional Quarterly's Guide to U.S. Elections (Green Library Information Center Ready Reference JK1967.C662 2001) "emphasis on explaining the origins and development of U.S. elections at the federal and state levels" plus an "array of election returns."

International Encyclopedia of Elections (Green Library Information Center JF1001 .I57 2000)

Encyclopedia of American Political History: Studies of the Principal Movements and Ideas (Green Library Information Center & Stacks E183.E5 1984) Longer articles detailing major issues, themes, institutions, processes and developments, including "Electoral Processes"; bibliographies

The Encyclopedia of American Political History (Green Library Information Center E183 .E48 2001) Short entries on such topics as the electoral college and third parties; includes bibliography

A Historical Guide to the U.S. Government (Green Library Information Center Ready Ref. Shelf JK9 .H57 1998)

Elections A to Z (Green Library Information Center JK1976 .M57 1999) Articles discuss "all the basic information readers need to understand U.S. elections"

Election Day : A Documentary History (Green Library Information Center JK1965 .E426 2002) "Tells the story of how election day has evolved. . .using contemporary documents"

Congress and the Nation (Green Library Information Center & SSRC KF49.C65) 1945+ Covers national government and politics during a given presidential term

Congressional Quarterly Almanac (Latest 10 years in Green Library Information Center JK1.C663; earlier issues in Stacks; SSRC has 1957+) 1945-present. Highlights of individual Congressional sessions

The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress (Green Library Information Center JK1067.E63 1995) Comprehensive essays cover major themes related to Congress including its history, complemented by shorter articles on a wide variety topics

Encyclopedia of the Republican Party and Encyclopedia of the Democratic Party (Green Library Information Center JK2352 .E56 1997) This four volume set includes party platforms

Political Parties and Elections in the United States : An Encyclopedia (Green Library Information Center JK2261 .P633 1991)

Encyclopedia of the American Left, 2nd ed. (Green Library Information Center HX86.E58 1998) Alphabetically arranged entries highlight the history of the American Left, placing "a strong emphasis upon radicals--anarchists, socialists, and communists"

Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics (Green Library Information Center E184 .A1 E574 2000; also available on ebrary - download reader before using ebrary for the first time) "entries cover people, events, court cases, movements, and organizations that have shaped the political struggles of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans"

Guide to the Presidency, 3rd. ed. (Green Library Information Center JK516 .C57 2002) Comprehensive guide explaining origin, evolution, and contemporary workings of the presidency

Encyclopedia of the American Presidency (Green Library Information Center JK511.E53 1993) Articles from multidisciplinary perspectives cover each president's life in office, the powers and prerogatives of the office, and the multiple roles of the President


Bibliographies can help you identify books and articles on a subject. They may include short descriptions called annotations. In Socrates look for Topics with the subheading --Bibliography, or use the Bibliographic Index (Green Library Information Center Z1002.B594) or browse near the ones listed below.

How to Research Elections (Green Library Information Center Z7164 .R4 M37 2000)

CQ's Resource Guide to Modern Elections : An Annotated Bibliography, 1960-1996 (Green Library Social Sciences Resource Center Z7165 .U5 M2844 1999)

The People's Voice: An Annotated Bibliography of American Presidential Campaign Newspapers, 1828-1984 (Green Library Information Center Z7164.R4 M64 1987) "A broad, general introduction to campaign newspapers"

The American Electorate: A Historical Bibliography (Green Library Information Center Z7164.R4 A46 1983)


Indexes (in paper and electronic formats) can help you identify articles in magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals and other resources. Those restricted to the Stanford community are marked with the icon. For other indexes see the Databases and Green Library CD-ROMs lists (1950+) Facts on File World News Digest (complete text)

Expanded Academic ASAP (1980+) General index to over 1500 magazines with some fulltext. Click Proceed.

Social Sciences Index, 1974+ (Green Library Information Center AI3S62) Author/subject index to periodicals in fields such as anthropology, economics, family studies, geography, international relations, law and criminology, political science, policy studies, psychology, social work, sociology, and urban studies

Social Sciences and Humanities Index (formerly International Index to Periodicals) 1907-1984. (Green Library Information Center AI3.S6)

LexisNexisCongressional (1789+) Government information, public policy

PAIS International (1972+ online; 1915+ volumes are shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7163.P9) Indexes selected books, government documents, and periodical articles on contemporary public issues and the making of public policy

National Journal (1977+) Full text coverage of U.S. politics

Policy File Public Policy Research and Analysis

America: History and Life (1964+) Covers U.S. and Canadian history. Includes abstracts

Alternative Press Index (Green Library Information Center Z7164 .S66 A5 1969 +, Web 1991+) Indexes periodicals that present a more politically "left" or controversial point-of-view

Alt-Press Watch Provides a collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press

Biographical Sources

Biography Resource Center click Proceed and pick from list to use many of the Gale biographical products, plus The Complete Marquis Who's Who

Congressional Quarterly's Politics in America (Green Library Information Center JK1010.P64)

U.S. Presidential Candidates and the Elections: A Biographical and Historical Guide (Green Library Information Center JK528.H38.1996 V.1 and V.2)

Presidential Also-rans and Running Mates, 1788 through 1996 (Green Library Information Center E175.1.S695 1998)

Statistical Information

Statistical Abstract of the United States (Green Library Information Center Statistics Shelf HA202 .A483) Provides a wealth of statistical information from a variety of government and non-governmental sources

LexisNexis Statistical Statistical data from federal agencies, U.S. Congress, state governments, United Nations and international organizations

Sources of American Election Statistics by State and Territory (Green Library U.S. Federal Documents
LC 1.12/2:EL 2)

Statistical History of the American Electorate (Green Library Information Center JK1967 .R87 2001) "Statistical and textual analysis of who voted and why" covering elections from 1788 through 1999

America Votes: A Handbook of Contemporary American Election Statistics (Green Library Information Center JK1967 .A8) "Election returns data for more than forty years. . .on national and gubernatorial contests" as well as U.S. Congress returns from 1997-1998

America at the Polls : A Handbook of American Presidential Election Statistics (Green Library Information Center JK524 .A73 1994 V.1 and V.2) The first volume covers Harding to Eisenhower, 1920-1956, and the second volume covers Kennedy to Clinton, 1960-1996

Congressional and Gubernatorial primaries, 1991-1992: A Handbook of Election Statistics (Green Library Stacks JK2074 .M48 1993)

United States Presidential Primary Elections, 1968-1996 : A Handbook of Election Statistics (Green Library Information Center JK522 .C66 2000)

U.S. Primary Elections, 1995-1996: President, Congress, Governors: A Handbook of Election Statistics (Green Library Information Center JK2071 .C66 1997


Other Libraries and Resources on Campus

Jonsson Library of Government Documents (Green Library Information Center and West Stacks)

Crown Law Library (on the 2nd floor of the School of Law)

Election 2000 From Stanford's Law School's Library and Digital Resources; includes "a collection of more than 600 documents from various court cases in the 2000 presidential election dispute"

Campaign Finance Also part of the Stanford's Law School's Library and Digital Resources is "a collection of documents related to the campaign finance debate and litigation, including case materials, legislation, news and opinion, and other resources"

Political Science: Selected Internet Resource: Election Information and Data Links to comprehensive guides and to selected resources

Other Internet Resources

Created by David Patterson

ShinJoung Yeo, Coordinator for Reference Services
Cecil H. Green Library, Stanford University Libraries

Last modified: September 17, 2008

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