Dear American Government class,

By - Research & Instruction Librarian March 1st, 2016

Working on examples of partisan polarization in U.S. politics?

In addition to the sources recommended last run of the class, the library has added a new eCollection: U.S. History in Context.


For example, here’s a search for “Political Polarization.”  One could of course also search for specific polarizing issues (income inequality), proposed solutions (compulsory voting) or related element (supermajority).


Need more statistics?  The library recently added Statistical Abstract of the United States to its fleet of digital collections.  Here’s their results page for U.S. election statistics.


Questions? Comments or conundrums? Do be in touch!  Ms. Sanborn



“Political Polarization results page.” U.S. History in Context. Gale Cengage. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.


New Library database: Statistical Abstract of the United States

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 9th, 2016

New in the library’s fleet of digital collections is the Statistical Abstract of the United States.


What’s in it? 


U.S. Statistics including: population, economics, energy, politics and education.

“Home Page.” Statistical Abstract of the United States. Proquest. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 15th, 2014

Looking for statistics? The library purchases the Germany-based product: Statista.


What is it?


Statista is an eCollection of over 1,000,000 global, corporate, non-profit, economic, trending events, governmental, and educational statistics. From on May 5, 2014 (emphasis added): “We pride ourselves in being the world’s first and only company to bring together data from over 18,000 sources.”


Statistics are presented alongside an infographic, (usually a chart), providing a visual read of the statistics.


Statistic: Number of monthly active Instagram users from January 2013 to March 2014 (in millions) | Statista
Find more statistics at Statista


“Number of monthly active Instagram users from January 2013 to March 2014 (in millions).” Chart. Statista. N.p., 2014. Web. 5 May 2014.

New Reference Book: Resort to War 1816-2007

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 9th, 2012

Resort to War 1816-2007 by Meredith Reid Sarkees and Frank Whelon Wayman, CQ Press, 2010.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 355.02 Sa7R

A data handbook (the third from the Correlates of War Project) correlating war data and background on wars from 1816-2007.  Larger thematic essays related to the topic are also included.


  • The Debate: Is War Evolving?
  • Brief History of the Correlates of War Project
  • The Coding of Wars
  • Individual Descriptions of Inter-state Wars
  • War and Philosophy

Helpful for: History, Humanities, Global Studies, Warfare Studies, Statistics

New Reference Book: Voter Turnout in the United States 1788-2009

By - Research & Instruction Librarian September 18th, 2012

Voter Turnout in the United States 1788-2009 by Curtis Gans, CQ Press, 2011.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 324.973 G15V

A record of voter turnout in America.  Included elections: president, state governor, and House of Representatives.


  • State Gubernatorial General Elections: Republican Turnout for Election Years 1870-1886
  • United States Presidential General Elections: Election Years 1892-1908
  • United States House of Representatives General Elections: Election Years 1890-1906
  • State Gubernatorial General Elections: Democratic Turnout for Election Years 1832-1948
  • United States Senate Primary Elections: Election Years 1952-1968

Helpful for: Politics, History, Humanities, Government, Statistics

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