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Recommended Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

The following encyclopedias and dictionaries are recommended for research relating to Elections. Books with a Call Number beginning with the letters "Ref" are shelved in alphanumeric order by call number in the Reference Collection on the first floor or in the Reference Collection Annex on the second floor of the Kean University Library. Books with the designation "Electronic Resource" are e-books, which are accessible by clicking the hyperlinked title.

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Almanac of American Politics 2010
Call Number: Ref JK 1012 .A44 2010
ISBN: 9780892341191
Reference Collection (First Floor)

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American Political Leaders, 1789-2009
ISBN: 9781604265378
Publication Date: 2009
Electronic Resource

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Campaign and Election Reform
ISBN: 9781598840698
Publication Date: 2008
Electronic Resource

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Campaign and Election Reform
Call Number: Ref JK 1976 .U88 2008
ISBN: 9781598840698
Reference Collection (First Floor)

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Congressional Districts in the 2000s
Call Number: Ref JK 1341 .C65 2003
ISBN: 9781568028491
Reference Collection (First Floor)

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Electing Congress
ISBN: 9780872899568
Publication Date: 2008
Electronic Resource

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Encyclopedia of American Parties, Campaigns, and Elections
ISBN: 9780313303128
Publication Date: 1999
Electronic Resource

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Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections
Call Number: Ref JK 2261 .S218 2006
ISBN: 9780816058754
Reference Collection (First Floor)

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Encyclopedia of Libertarianism
ISBN: 9781412965804
Publication Date: 2008
Electronic Resource

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Encyclopedia of Libertarianism
Call Number: Ref JC 585 .E53 2008
ISBN: 9781412965804
Reference Collection (First Floor)

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Encyclopedia of Media and Politics
Call Number: Ref P 95.82 .U6 E47 2007
ISBN: 9781568028354
Reference Collection Annex (Second Floor)

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Encyclopedia of Political Communication
ISBN: 9781412917995
Publication Date: 2008
Electronic Resource
Volumes 1-2

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Encyclopedia of Politics
Call Number: Ref JA61 .E54 2005
ISBN: 9781412904094
Reference Collection (First Floor)
Volumes 1-2

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Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture
ISBN: 9780313343797
Publication Date: 2009
Electronic Resource

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Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and The Right
ISBN: 9781412904094
Publication Date: 2005
Electronic Resource
Volumes 1-2

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Encyclopedia of U. S. Political History
ISBN: 9780872893207
Publication Date: 2010
Electronic Resource
Volumes 1-7

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Encyclopedia of U. S. Political History
Call Number: Ref E183 .E53 2010
ISBN: 9780872893207
Reference Collection (First Floor)
Volumes 1-7

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Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior
ISBN: 9781412954891
Publication Date: 2008
Electronic Resource
Volumes 1-2

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Guide to U. S. Elections
Call Number: Ref JK 1967 .C662 2005
ISBN: 9781568029818
Reference Collection (First Floor)
Volumes 1-2

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Handbook of Election News Coverage Around the World
ISBN: 9780805860368
Publication Date: 2008
Electronic Resource

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History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008
ISBN: 9780816082209
Publication Date: 2011
Electronic Resource

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How Congress Works
ISBN: 9780872899551
Publication Date: 2008
Electronic Resource

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Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Modern Political Biography
ISBN: 185986273X
Publication Date: 2005
Electronic Resource

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Presidential Also-Rans and Running Mates, 1788-1980
Call Number: Ref E 176.1 .S695 1984
ISBN: 0899501095
Reference Collection Annex (Second Floor)

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Presidents, First Ladies, and Vice Presidents: White House Biographies, 1789-2009
ISBN: 9781604265248
Publication Date: 2009
Electronic Resource

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Reader's Companion to the American Presidency
Call Number: Ref E 176.1 .R295 2000
ISBN: 9780395788899
Reference Collection Annex (Second Floor)

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