Course Guides
Electoral College (HNR 094-02)

2009 Winter

Librarian Subject Specialist

Marcia Meister

Background Information

NARA U.S. Electoral College (
Author: U.S. National Archives and Records Service
This is an excellent resource for information on how the electoral college came to be and what it does. See also the links to additional resources.
Presidential Elections in the United States: a Primer, CRS Report for Congress (
Author: Congressional Research Service
The Electoral College: How it works in Contemporary Presidential Elections, CRS Report for Congress (
Author: Congressional Research Service

Reference Books

These are suggested reference works and most are located in Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services Reference on the second floor.
America at the Polls
Location: H/SS/GIS Reference JK524 A73 1994
America Votes
Biannual editions have official, state-certified election returns by county and by district for the House, Senate, and gubernatorial elections.
Coverage: 1956 to current
Location: H/SS/GIS Reference JK1967 A5
Guide to U.S. elections.
Location: H/SS/GIS Reference JK1967 C66 2005
International Encyclopedia of Elections
Location: H/SS/GIS Reference JF1001 I57 2000

Internet Resources

Pew Research Center (
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does so by conducting public opinion polling and social science research; by reporting news and analyzing news coverage; and by holding forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues. (
An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion. Contains election poll data: campaign polls, media polls, academic polls, and polls by political, business and public-interest groups. Free resource.

News Resources

Access World News [via NewsBank] (!Access%2BInternational%2BNews) [Restricted] VPN
Access World News from NewsBank provides full-text information and perspectives from over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. Access World News also includes a selection of Spanish language newspapers from the United States and other countries. Date coverage varies with individual newspaper.
LexisNexis Academic ( [Restricted] VPN
One of the largest web-based full-text databases for current news, business and legal information, supporting a broad range of interdisciplinary research, LexisNexis Academic provides full-text access to nearly 6,000 individual titles. Includes a wide range of U.S. and foreign newspapers, plus transcripts of television and radio news programs. Business resources include business articles, accounting literature, company financial information. Legal resources include state and federal laws and regulations, a full range of case law, and law review articles.
National Journal Group's Policy Central ( [Restricted] VPN
Comprehensive resource on politics and policy for the academic community. Includes: National Journal (non-partisan weekly journal on politics), Almanac of American Politics, The Hotline (tracks American politics and campaigns with coverage of each day's events), Ad spotlight (tracks televised political ads), CongressDaily (twice-daily insight on developments and key players in Congress), Markup reports (committee meetings on key bills), Technology Daily, Poll Track (database of over 5,000 public opinion surveys), Earlybird (the morning's top news stories and editorials), and Daybook (schedules of House, Senate and other events).
Coverage: National journal 1977-; other coverage varies by section.


Academic Search Complete [via EBSCO] ( [Restricted] VPN
Academic Search Complete (ASC) provides coverage of multidisciplinary, full-text academic journals to support scholarly research in all areas of the arts, humanities and the social, life and physical sciences. The database includes the full-text articles from 9,100 journals, with an additional 13,690 journals indexed and abstracted. Searches can be restricted to peer-reviewed articles.
Coverage: 1887-present
CQ Researcher ( [Restricted] VPN
A database of in-depth, authoritative reports on a full range of political and social-policy issues extending back to 1923. Each report is footnoted and includes an overview, background section, chronology, bibliography and debate-style pro-con feature, plus tools to study the evolution of the topic over time.
Date: 1923-
JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive ( [Restricted] VPN
JSTOR provides Full-Text access to back files of hundreds important scholarly journals in nearly 50 disciplines spanning the arts, humanities, social sciences and the sciences. Current issues are now included for selected titles. Holdings vary by journal. JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization established with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • About J Stor (
    Visit this page to learn about the holdings of JSTOR journals. See Harvest Library Catalog for UC Davis access to recent and current materials.
PAIS International Database [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
Indexes all types of materials in the area of public affairs and public policy - journal articles, books and book chapters, reports, government documents. Topics include agriculture, banking, demographics, education, environment, finance, government, health, law, legislation, political science, social sciences, and statistics. Note that PAIS was formerly a CSA database and transitioned to a new interface via Proquest in August, 2012.
Coverage: 1913-present
Project Muse: Scholarly Journals Online ( [Restricted] VPN
Project Muse provides full text access to hundreds of journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences and mathematics. It is useful for searching interdisciplinary cultural studies topics. Its full-text search engine permits finer-grained searching than any other index for these journals. Coverage varies by journal.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
Covers international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration policy
Coverage: 1975-present
  • New Proquest platform user guide (
    Generic 12-page guide explaining the major ProQuest changes with the new August 2012 interface.
  • Fact Sheet (
  • Help (

Harvest UC Davis Catalog

Harvest UC Davis Catalog (
Harvest is the UCD library online catalog of the collections of all five UC Davis General Libraries. It does not include the holdings of the Law Library. If you log in (My Account) using your library card number and PIN, you can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.

Subject Guides

Political Science (UCD Guide) (