SSC 6617: U.S. Presidential Elections

Books in the Main Stacks

Books you can borrow can be located using the following subject headings:

Elections—United States
Mass media—Political aspects—United States
Political campaigns—United States
Presidents—United States—Election
Voting—United States

Citing Your Resources

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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias and Guides: Topic-Specific

America votes: A handbook of contemporary American election statistics. (various). Washington, DC: CQ Press, Inc. A new volume is issued every two years. Volumes include “final official results” from each state in gubernatorial, congressional, and presidential elections. This handbook is great for looking at voter registration and turnout.
Reference JK 1967 .A8 (most current volume: 2002)

Kurian, G.T. (1997). The encyclopedia of the Republican party and The encyclopedia of the Democratic party. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the parties, including history, issues, and brief biographies of major players. Conventions and elections are included as well. Specific topics are accessible via general, biographical, and geographic indexes. Supplements cover 1996–2000 elections.
Reference JK 2352 .E56 1997 v.1–3

Mieczkowski, Y. (2001). Routledge historical atlas of presidential elections. New York: Routledge, 2001. Created by Dowling College’s own Dr. Mieczkowski, this volume provides an overview of each presidential election and a chart illustrating electoral votes. Elections are presented chronologically from George Washington to George W. Bush’s first term.
Reference JK 524 .M53 2001

Moore, J.L., et al. (Eds.) (2001). Congressional Quarterly’s guide to U.S. elections, 4th ed. Washington, DC: CQ Press. Volume I (Parts I-III) focuses on political parties and presidential elections. It includes detailed information about primaries, conventions, the electoral College, and the development of political parties. Find the topic you’re interested via the table of contents or look it up in the candidate or general indexes. Chronologies and some biographical information is also provided.
Reference JK 1967 .C662 2001 v.1–2

Ness, I., & Ciment, J. (2000). The encyclopedia of third parties in America. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc. This set acquaints the reader with the little-known history of third parties, their development and their significance in American political history. Essays, written by historians, provide a context for understanding. Maps illustrate voting patterns. Each party is described in detail. Specific persons or topics can be accessed via subject, biographical, or geographic indexes. The set contains a glossary of significant terms and a bibliography.
Reference JK 2261 .E474 2000 v.1–3

Ragsdale, L. (1996). Vital statistics on the presidency: Washington to Clinton. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc. This volume provides a “statistical description of the American presidency” arranged in nifty tables. Topics include: presidents and their previous positions; number of public appearances; approval ratings; budget allocations; executive orders; and more. The index can bring you directly to the information you need.
Reference JK 518 .R34 1996

Shade, W.G., & Campbell, B.C. (2003). American presidential campaigns and elections. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc. This introduction to the electoral process provides a chronology, election highlights, vote counts, and a few primary sources documents from the 1788–89 to 2000 elections. General and biographical indexes are included.
Reference JK 1965 .A57 2002 v.1–3

Encyclopedias: Historical and Cultural Background

Finkelman, P. (Ed.). (2001). Encyclopedia of the United States in the 19th century. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. Entries in this volume focus on the persons, issues, and ideas of the 19th-century America. All entries are alphabetically arranged, written by experts, and include reference and brief bibliographies for further reading. A chronology and maps can also help put things in perspective.
Reference E 169.1 .E626 2001 v.1–3

Kulter, S.I. (Ed.). (2003). Dictionary of American history. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. If you need a quick description of an event or a brief biography, this is the place to get it. Entries cover facts, events, trends, policies, and persons. Some maps, photos, and primary source documents (v.9) are also included.
Reference E 174 .D52 2003 v.1–10

Mancall, P.C. (Ed.). (2003). Encyclopedia of American history. New York: Facts on File. This set provides articles on individuals, events, and topics in U.S. history. Entries are written by historians. Each essay is cross-referenced and includes a short bibliography for further reading. Specific topics can be located via the index.
Reference E 174 .E53 2003 v. 1–11

Thompkins, V. (Ed.). (1994-). American decades. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, Inc. Each volume focuses on a decade in American history (from 1900–1999) and highlight significant events, the economy, education, technology, law, politics, and popular culture. This set is useful for providing a context for 20th Century elections.
Reference E 169.12 .A419 (10 vols.)

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