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Election Research: Subject Guide: Books

This guide will help you find information and resources on US and GA Elections. Click on the various links to access library resources plus reliable, relevant websites.

Using Subject Headings

A good way to find books and other sources about something or someone (e.g. elections, political campaigns, voting, John F. Kennedy, etc), is to browse the Library's online catalog using a SUBJECT search.

The following links will provide you with a list of books on some of the more important elections-related subjects

Search the GSU Library Catalog

Search the GSU Library GIL-Find Catalog
Note: Using this feature will take you away from this subject guide.

For more complex searches, use the Advanced Search option.
 

Search Tips:

  • Use quotes to search for phrases:
    • "voting behavior"
  • Use * for wild card searches:
    • politic* will return politics, political, and politicize
  • Use AND and OR  to narrow or broaden your search. Note: AND and OR must be ALL caps:
    • voting AND elections - to retrieve results that include both terms
    • voting OR elections - to retrieve results that contain either term

Get Books From Other Libraries

Use the options listed below to find books not in the GSU library:

1.  The GIL Universal Catalog, allows you to search and request books from any University System of Georgia library. To use, choose "University System of Georgia" from the dropdown menu to the left of the "Search" button. After you find the book you need, click the "Log in to enable GIL Express Requests" link to have the book transferred to the GSU Library. Requests take anywhere from 4-7 days to arrive at the GSU library.

2.  You can also check out books in person from any University System of Georgia library or Emory University's libraries using your PantherCard. Call the library before you go for information on their borrowing policies.

3.  If you still are not finding enough information, use the WorldCat database, which allows you to search the collections of libraries throughout the world. Books located in WorldCat can be ordered via the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) ILLiad system. To do so, first locate the book you would like to request in the WorldCat database. Then, log into  ILLiad with your library ID number (on the back of your PantherCard) to place a request. ILL requests may take two weeks or more to arrive at the GSU Library, so plan ahead.

Still stuck? Ask a librarian for help.

Where's My Book?

When you search GIL-Find, GSU Library's Online catalog, get this information to find the book:

  • Call number
  • Location
  • Status (Checked Out, Not Checked Out, Renewed, etc.)

These web pages provide more information

Research Sources