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The following are core resources for US elections research, and will also be useful for researching any of the topics covered in this guide. Some include reference works, others contain scholarly articles, grey literature, and more. These resources will also be of value when researching other topics covered in this guides.
CQ Press Political Reference Suite
Contains full text encyclopedias, directories, handbooks, and guides in political science.
Contains full text of CQ Researcher reports, CQ Magazine (formerly CQ Weekly, featuring bills and legislative actions) as well as reference works on politics, commerce, and the U.S. Congress.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Indexes articles related to political institutions, international law and politics, public policy, public administration, political theory, and political economics. Indexes sources from 1975 to the present.
Contains full text scholarly and peer-reviewed articles covering all areas of law.
PAIS Index (Public Affairs Information Service)
Covers public affairs, public and social policy, and international relations. Includes national and international journal articles, books, government documents, statistics, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, microfiche, and pertinent web sites.
Public Affairs Index
Provides indexing on national and global contemporary public policy issues.
Lexis Nexis (now Nexis Uni)
Includes full text sources for regional, national, and international newspapers as well as business, legal, and medical publications, and also, government documents.
Legal and Legislative Resources
Contains citations and full text to U.S. legislative information from 1970 to the present, with additional coverage of Congressional hearings from 1824 to 1979.
Congressional Hearings Digital Collection
Collects full text, abstracts, and citations for U.S. legislative information, regulations, and news with augmented full text coverage of Congressional hearings for 1824-1979. Updated daily when Congress is in session.
Congressional Serial Set
Archives reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives from 1817-1994.
Contains bills, resolutions, votes, Congressional Record, appropriations, and other Congress materials.
Contains: Code of Federal Regulations; Congressional Bills; Congressional Committee Prints; Congressional Directory; Congressional Documents; Congressional Hearings; Congressional Record; Congressional Reports; Constitution Annotated; Economic Indicators; Federal Register; Public and Private Laws; United States Code; United States Courts Opinions;
The Election Process - PBS LearningMedia videos
Interested in learning more about the national election process in the United States? PBS LearningMedia highlights the Election Process in a series of short and entertaining videos: