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Representation, Participation, and Power in American Politics, Gov 1001: Home

Databases of diverse materials

Checklist of types of resources

Of course, depending on the topic, some will be more valuable than others.


  • Almanac of American Politics. (online, 2000-; print, 1974-) Best Bet
    Main Ref JK 1012 .A44 or Main Libr JK 1012 .A44
    A volume is issued for each Congress. Organized by state. It includes for each member: biography, political activities, committees, key votes, group ratings, National Journal ratings, election results, and for members of the House, description of the district and demographics. Also includes leadership, state profiles, campaign finance, etc. The entries for the chairs and committee members may include discussion of those individuals' roles and activities on the committees.
  • Congressional Record (proceedings on the floor of the House or Senate)
  • committee hearings
  • committee membership
  • committee jurisdiction
  • committee history
  • agendas of the president, congressional leadership, and congressional committees

Executive branch



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