COD Political Science Academic Program



Democratic Party
Democratic Party website
Illinois Democratic Party website
Dupage County Democratic Party website

Republican Party
Republican Party website
Illinois Republican Party website
DuPage County Republican Party website

Third Party
Libertarian Party website
Green Party website


LIBRARY CATALOG: Search for materials in the COD library or in libraries worldwide.

Information on the I-SHARE program to borrow books from other Illinois academic libraries.
Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to arrange its books)

List of COD Library books on African Americans and voting
List of COD Library books on voting behavior
List of COD Library books on voting rights
List of COD Library books on voting scandals
List of COD Library books on Women and voting or elections


Political Communication

The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science: A User's Guide to its Terms
Campaigning for President in America, 1788-2016. Reference JK 524 .H 36 2016
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Ballotpedia: The Encyclopedia of American Politics.
Encyclopedia of Deception
Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Reference JC 585 .E 53 2008
Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion. Reference BL 65 .P7 E 53 2007
Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right. (2005)
Encyclopedia of Populism. (2014)
Encyclopedia of Public Choice
Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism in Modern American History
Encyclopedia of the American Left. Reference HX 86 .E58 1998
Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior. (2008)
Guide to U.S. Elections. (2016)
International Encyclopedia of Elections. Reference JF 1001 .I 57 2000
Presidential Campaigns, Slogans, Issues, and Platforms: The Complete Encyclopedia. (2012)
The 21st-Century Voter: Who votes, How They Vote, and Why They Vote. (2016)

Geographic Perspectives on Democracy and Elections background reading
Atlas of American Politics, 1960-2000. Reference G 1201 .F 1 A 8 2002
Atlas of the 2008 Elections. General G 1201 .F 9 A 8 2011
Atlas of the 2012 elections. Reference G 1201 .F 9 A 8 2014
The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress, 1789-1989. General G 1201 .F 9 M 26 1989
The Historical Atlas of State Power in Congress, 1790-1990. General G 1201 .F 7 M 3 1993
The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts, 1789-1983. General G 1201 .F 9 M 3 1982
Historical Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections 1788-2004. Reference G 1201 .F 9 H 5 2006
The Routledge Historical Atlas of Presidential Elections. Reference G 1201 .S 1 M 5 2001

Commission on Presidential Debates background reading
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates background reading
Political Debates background reading
Presidential Debates background reading
Dictionary of Debate and Public Speaking. (2016)
List of COD Library books on Debates
List of COD Library videos on Debates

Lying and Deception research guide
Propaganda research guide

Background Readings
Alternative Media in Politics
Campaign Advertising
Communication Ethics
Digital Literacy and Critical Thinking
Internet Trolling
Media Bias
Media in American Political Development
Media Politics in the States
Media Role in Campaigns
Negative Advertising
Political Advertising
Political Communication
Politics and the Media
Press Freedom

Reference Sources
Covering American Politics in the 21st Century : An Encyclopedia of News Media Titans, Trends, and Controversies.
Dog Whistles, Walk-backs, and Washington Handshakes : Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech.
Encyclopedia of Deception
Encyclopedia of New Media: An Essential Reference to Communication and Technology.
Encyclopedia of Political Communication
Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture
Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. (2014)
Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining. Reference QA76.9 .D 343 E 538 2014
Historical Dictionary of Political Communication in the United States. Reference JA 85.2 .U 6 H 57 1999
Partisan Journalism : A History of Media Bias in the United States. General PN 4888 .O 25 K 84 2014
Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia. also General HM 1231 .C 85 2003
The Social Media Revolution : An Economic Encyclopedia of Friending, Following, Texting, and Connecting. (2016)
Tweeting to Freedom: An Encyclopedia of Citizen Protests and Uprisings Around the World.
Weasel Words: The Dictionary of American Doublespeak. Ref. PE 2839 .W37 2006

Selected Books
List of COD Library books on Political Rhetoric
935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity
Creatures of Politics: Media, Message, and the American Presidency
Damn the Man! : Slang of the Oppressed in America
Enough Said: What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics
God Hates Fags : The Rhetorics of Religious Violence
Presidents Creating the Presidency : Deeds Done in Words
What the F : What Swearing Reveals about Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves
Words from the White House : Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents

Polling background reading
Voter Turnout background reading
The African American Electorate: A Statistical History. Reference JK 1924 .W 35 2012
The Almanac of State Legislative Elections : Voting Patterns and Demographics 2000-2006. Reference JK 1967 .A 77 2007
American National Election Studies Data Sourcebook, 1952-1986. Reference JK 1967 .M 54 1989
British Electoral Facts, 1832-2006. Reference JN 1037 .C 667 2007
Illinois Elections, 1818-1990 : Candidates and County Returns for President, Governor, Senate, and House of Representatives. Reference JK 5792 .I 45 1992
Presidential Elections, 1789-2008 : County, State, and National Mapping of Election Data. Reference JK 524 .D 47 2010
A Statistical History of American Presidential Elections. General JK 1967 .P 4 1963
United States Presidential Elections, 1788-1860 : The Official Results by County and State. Reference JK 524 .D 778 2002
United States Presidential Primary Elections, 2000-2004 : A Handbook of Election Statistics. Reference JK 522 .C 662 2007
U.S. Election Statistics: A Research Guide, from the U.S. Library of Congress
Voter Turnout since 1945: A Global Report. Reference JF 1001 .L 693 2002


You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Academic OneFile. An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas including political science. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.

Academic Search Complete. Abstracts from nearly 3000 journals and full text for 1250 journals including general reference, political science, education, social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, library and information science.

The Chicago Tribune newspaper. Full text of articles from 1989-present.

CQ Researcher. Full text articles covering topics of current interest and controversy.

Google Scholar. This provides access to many free full-text articles, as well as citations to many other articles.

Military and Government Collection of articles and bibliographic citations.

National Newspapers(ProQuest). This includes the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

SocIndex with Full-Text (1974-present). References & abstracts for journals for political science and other related social science disciplines.

More COD Library journal and newspaper article databases.
Explanation of the Difference Between Magazines and Journals
How to Read a Research Article


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    Almanac of Policy Issues
    Can I Vote?
    Chicago Board of Election Commissioners
    Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA)
    Cook County suburbs elections
    Council on Foreign Relations. Independent, non-partisan think tank covering issues worldwide.
    C-SPAN video library
    DuPage County Election Commission
    FactCheck.org Checking the facts
    Foreign Affairs Online. A University of Virginia website covering international relations and U.S. foreign policy.
    H-Borderlands. Discusses issues regarding the U.S./Mexico border, as well as borderlands worldwide.
    Huffington Post Poll Numbers
    Illinois State Board of Elections
    Kane County elections
    Political TV Advertising Archive
    PolitiFact Checking those facts
    Open Secrets (lots of various types of financial information)
    Real Clear Politics - Poll Numbers
    U.S. Federal Election Commission
    U.S. Federal Election Laws
    Vote Smart (lots of various types of information found here)
    Will County elections