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Background Information

Almanac of American Politics
Print Location: JK 1012 .A44
Current edition on 2-hour reserve in Burling; older editions back to 1972 on the second floor.
CQ Almanac
Print Location: JK 1 .C66
Current edition in Burling reference; previous editions back to 1960 on the second floor. Each edition contains a detailed summary of one year's activity in Congress, including narrative histories of important bills and complete data on roll call votes.
Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency
Print Location: Burling 2nd floor JK516 .O94 2009


Newspaper and Magazine Articles

CQ Weekly Restricted Resource
Online; 1983-present. News magazine providing extensive coverage of Congress.
For a different search interface, try CQ Press Library
National Journal
Print Location: Current Periodicals
Magazine and Web site focused on politics and policy. Current issues are on the first floor of Burling in the "Current Awareness" area (next to the windows on the northwest side of the first floor); issues more than 14 days old are available in Academic Search Premier.
Newspapers and Magazines
See the subject guide on finding newspaper and magazine articles for more sources.

Scholarly Articles

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Restricted Resource
Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.

Data and Statistics

America Votes
Print Location: Burling Ref JK1967 .A8
Voting statistics for national and statewide elections, 1956 to the present. Some of this information is also contained in the online CQ Voting and Elections Collection.
CQ Voting and Elections Collection Restricted Resource Resource contains quantitative data
A collection of research tools about voting in America, past and present, produced by CQ Press. Covers political parties, campaigns and elections, and demographic information about voters.
Federal Election Commission Campaign Finance Data
Detailed, individual-level data on which people donated money to which candidates.
OpenSecrets.org Resource contains quantitative data
Data on campaign finance, lobbying expenditures, 527 groups, and the personal finances of politicians. A project of the Center for Responsive Politics.
Voting in American Elections
Print Location: Burling Ref JK1965 .B86 2010
1788-2008. Extensive data on American presidential elections, including turnout data for all presidential elections. Also includes some data on gubernatorial and Congressional elections.
Websites for the Secretaries of State for All Fifty States
Links to the Secretary of State websites for all states in the U.S., plus Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Typically, election data for each state can be found on the website for its Secretary of State office. From the National Association of Secretaries of State.

Government Information

American Presidency Project
Searchable database of presidential documents, from State of the Union addresses to convention speeches executive orders, from George Washington to the present.
Compilation of Presidential Documents
1993-present. Contains all official statements of the president, including speeches, executive orders, letters to Congress, etc. Through FDSys.

ProQuest Congressional Restricted Resource
1789-present. Provides access to the CIS Index, a comprehensive index/abstract to Congressional publications, plus the full text of some hearings, reports, and other Congressional documents, including the full text of the Congressional Record. Also contains an extensive collection of Executive Branch documents.
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor J 82
1929-1933 and 1945-1996. Public messages, speeches and statements of the presidents. For messages, speeches and statements 1996-present, see the Compilation of Presidential Documents.

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) via FDsys
Fully searchable content management system and repository for official Federal Government publications, providing free online access to the documents of all three branches of the U.S. government.
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