How Does Your Vote Work? : Nonpartisan resources for decision making in an election year

Welcome and Overview
The Shasta College Library offers a variety of materials to assist you with your research and course preparation, including books, e-books, print periodicals, online periodical and encyclopedia databases, DVDs, videos, and more. The resources below are just a sample of what is available to you through your library, both in hard copy and online, 24/7.

Sampler of Favorite Online Library Resources

If you would like to view a list of all the databases available at the Shasta College Library, go to Articles and Databases

CQ Researcher
  • In-depth, non-biased reports on political and social issues
  • All publications are available in full text
  • Reports include an overview, background, pro and con section, chronology and more
  • Good for overview and historical information
  • Comprehensive CQ Researcher reports include:
    • Jost, Kenneth. Women in Politics : Does Gender Bias Hurt Female Candidates? [CQ Researcher article]
    • Katel, Peter. Race and Politics : Will Skin Color Influence the Presidential Election? [CQ Researcher article]
    • Katel, Peter. Voting Controversies : Can All Citizens Vote - And Are All Votes Counted? [CQ Researcher article]

**CQ Weekly**
  • Weekly reports on Congress
  • Major news events covered as well as legislation and Congressional floor action
  • Coverage from 1983 to the present
  • Search by topic, floor vote, or date of legislative action
  • Recent reports include:
    • Bettleheim, Adriel. Stormy Seas for Financial Rescue [CQ Weekly article]
    • Nather, David. The Vice Presidency : An Office Under Scrutiny [CQ Weekly article]

**SIRS Knowledge Source**
  • SIRS Researcher includes full text articles available with an emphasis on social science issues
  • SIRS Government Reporter provides access to Historic and Government Documents, Directories and Almanacs
  • Recent articles include:
    • Election 2008 [SIRS Leading Issue article]
    • Convention speeches
**EBSCO family of Databases**
  • Provides access to current events, research, and Government resources
  • Databases may be searched individually or simultaneously
  • Many publications are available in full text
  • Most EBSCO databases are searchable with Library of Congress Subject headings, thus allowing for greater precision in searching

Select Internet Sites. For additional sites, visit the Librarians' Internet Index,

...and the official party sites

General Collection

The library catalog is the author/title/subject guide to the library's 80,000 + books, videos, and DVDs. It's also the portal to the library's 18,000 (and growing!) collection of full text, online ebooks. There are some excellent resources in the general collection that can be checked out for two weeks at a time. Selected titles include:
  • Guldin, Bob. Choosing the President 2008 : A Citizen's Guide to the Electoral Process [JK 528 .C429 2008]
  • Lansford, Tom. The Presidential Election Process [JK521 .P69 2008]
  • Patterson, Thomas E. We the People : A Concise Introduction to American Politics [JK274 .P36 2006]

Books in the Shasta College library Reference collection (for use in the library only)

  • Herrnson, Paul S. Guide to Political Campaigns in America [Reference JK 2265 .G84 2005]
  • Moore, John Leo. Elections A to Z [Reference JK1976 .M57 2003]

NetLibrary eBooks
  • 18,000 books selected with an academic audience in mind
  • All publications are available in full text
  • Searchable both through the Shasta College Library catalog and through the NetLibrary eBooks site
  • Searchable by keyword or Library of Congress Subject Heading
  • Individual titles are both browsable and searchable

  • Books in the Shasta College library NetLibrary E-book collection, 24/7 to Shasta College students and faculty (partial list):
    • Binning, William C., et al. Encyclopedia of American Parties, Campaigns, and Elections [netLibrary ebook collection]
    • Prior, Markus. Post-broadcast Democracy : How Media Choice Increases Inequality in Political Involvement and Polarizes Elections [netLibrary ebook collection]

Ask A Librarian

Obtain a Library Card

  • Faculty teaching solely online and students enrolled solely for Internet courses and those working or taking classes at a Distance Education site should follow this link to obtain their library card. Online library card applicationNote: Faculty members should enter their Shasta College ID# in the Student ID field)
  • Faculty and students teaching or enrolled in classes at the main Redding campus must visit the library's circulation desk to obtain their library card.

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