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Elections: Start Your Research Here

This guide features information and resources for research about the United States electoral process on the federal, state, and local level.

Register and Vote

Use this guide to gather information to guide your choices in the voting booth (or when filling out an absentee ballot). In the meantime, make sure that you register so you can exercise your right to vote!

Recommended Multimedia Databases

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Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Need to select a research topic or find background information?  

The Library’s Reference Collection includes subject-focused encyclopedias. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

The Reference Collection also includes a variety of other sources where you can find definitions, maps, statistics, and a multitude of facts.

Why not use Wikipedia? Since Wikipedia is an open-source resource, anyone (perhaps a subject expert, a non-expert, or even someone playing a prank) can create or edit a Wikipedia article. On the other hand, reference books go through an editing and often a fact-checking process, which lends a level of trustworthiness to the information provided.  

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to your topic.

Related Research Guides

Recommended Online Encyclopedia Databases

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Recommended Statistics Databases

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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.

Election Research Guide Team


Contact Info:
 
Craig Anderson
cjanders@kean.edu

Linda Cifelli
lcifelli@kean.edu

Janette González
jagonzal@kean.edu

Shirley Horbatt
shorbatt@kean.edu

Eleanor McKnight
eamcknigh@kean.edu

Chrisler Pitts
cpitts@kean.edu

Ask a Librarian

Listed below are options available for you to contact a reference librarian and ask for help with your research.