Election 2012: Political Rhetoric

Summer 2012
Education Unlimited


Phyllis Kayten

Getting Started

  1. Use Reference Sources to jumpstart your research, to get ideas, search terms, context, and more.
  2. Find Books, Journal Titles and Media in Stanford's Online Catalog, SearchWorks.
  3. Find Articles in Selected Databases.
    Note: Stanford subscribes to over 1000 Databases that index articles and books on various topics. Since there are so many databases we recommend a select subset of databases which will give you access to articles in a wide variety of subject areas.

  4. Find Resources on your Course Theme. Click the link(s) below.

Find Politics/Elections Resources

Reference Sources:

Suggested Searchworks subject terms related to Politics and Elections:

Note: you can replace another country for United States and get information unique to that country. or you can omit the country from the search, and get books on elections or politics in general.

Suggested Databases and E-journals for “Politics and/or Elections” topics:

  • PAIS International:Scholarly articles on international public policy and politics
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete: From EBSCO Host, you can search together with Academic Search Premier by selecting an additional Database. This database is great for articles on the rhetoric of candidates and the impact of media on public perception of canditates
  • Political Science
  • Newsbank News File and Access World News: Great source for news from newspapers, television, radio, and websites, going back to the 1980s to current news
  • Polling Databases:
    • Polling the Nations: A database of polls taken on a variety of subjects all over the world. Each record in the database consists of one poll question and the participants' responses. Records are indexed by subject matter, publication year, general and specific location, and survey method.
    • IPoll Databank: comprehensive, up-to-date source for US nationwide public opinion. A full-text retrieval system, the iPoll online database is organized at the question level, providing the tools to sift through nearly a half million questions asked on national public opinion surveys, 1935 to present. Surveys archived in the Roper Catalog were originally gathered by academic, commercial and media survey organizations such as Gallup Organization, Harris Interactive, Pew Research Associates, and many more.
  • America History and Life: for any historical topic - good for getting historical perspective on a political person or issue, or any historic event.
  • Historical Abstracts: same as above but provides perspective outside the Americas
  • Film and Television Literature: For articles on coverage of Elections and Campaigns on televisions and in films: many are articles from Variety and Hollywood Reporter (you will find fulltext by using the "Find it at Stanford" link), but you can limit to Academic Resources, and find scholarly articles from journals like Popular Communication; Television and News Media; Journal of Popular Film & Television; Political Communication; Gender Studies; Media Psychology; Film International, and more

For presidential speeches, check these news databases (available to Stanford users):

Political Journals and Magazines

Politics and Election websites:

Find Law/Legal Resources

Reference articles from our online Reference Resources:

Books on Legal Rhetoric

Sample search terms in Searchworks:

Current Events, Hot Topics and Debate Issues

  • Facts on File: good overview of events, Issues and Controversies on Hot Topics, like treatment of detainees; Human Rights; Healthcare Reform; Separation of Church and State in US; Gun Control; International Criminal Court; Civil Liberties on War on Terror; Right to Die; Detainees' Rights, etc.
  • The debatabase book [electronic resource] : a must-have guide for successful debate
  • Publications for National Debaters: Finding Both Sides of an Issue

Recommended Law databases - United States:

Recommended Law databases - International:

Recommended Websites:

  • Official site of the Supreme Court of the U.S.:Provides general information, opinions, term orders, argument calendar, schedules, court rules, bar admission forms and instructions, case-handling guides, special notices, biographies of current and past justices, architectural details, and press releases. Includes a search engine for finding documents.
  • Supreme Court Collection : Search this site for U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Includes an archive of decisions going back to 1990 (searchable by topic, justice, and party), highlights of the present term, a glossary, Supreme Court rules, and more. From the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell Law School.
  • Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Case Summaries, Oral Arguments & Multimedia: The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality 'tour' of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices.
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