Elections & Politics Study Guide

The type of resource below is a list of authoritative sources available on this topic, such as books available at the NCTC Libraries and internet resources.


Search the Catalog. Use the NCTC Library catalog to search all NCTC campuses for books, DVDs, and more. Search by keyword, subject, series, title, or author. The call number and location indicate where the item is located.

Suggested Topics

Conduct a Subject search in the catalog for the following suggested topics:

  • Elections
  • Politics
  • Voting
  • Political campaigns
  • Suffrage
  • Political participation
  • Democracy


NCTC provides subscriptions to thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers and other credible sources of information through research databases.

Note: These links only work ON-CAMPUS. To access the databases off-campus, go the Library Databases page within MyNCTC.

Suggested Databases

Academic Search Complete
This database searches a broad range of topics, making it widely recommended for most research. Contains full-text, magazines, newspapers and peer-reviewed articles

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Choose from hundreds of current issues. Find background information through topic essays, and gain insight to both sides of the argument with viewpoint essays. Each topic page links to academic journals, magazines and other sources of information for hot topics.

Newspaper Source Plus
Get the latest news on your topic! Full-text access to national and international newspapers. Also includes program transcripts from ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX News and NPR.

Access public opinion polls, government reports, popular and scholarly publications, and more on current and political topics.

Internet Resources

This nonpartisan nonprofit site exists to increase public understanding of and lessen the deception in U. S. politics. FactCheck.org monitors the accuracy of political speeches, interviews, debates, and press releases.

This nonprofit site explores the connections between campaign donations and Congressional voting.

National Governors Association
This bi-partisan organization serves as the collective voice for the nation's governors on national policy issues while also providing information on "best practices" regarding governmental policy.

On the Issues
Non-profit, non-partisan organization compiles information daily from newspapers, speeches, press releases, and the Internet on candidates and issues.

This site follows the money trail in politics and its effect on elections and public policy.

Real Clear Politics
"Updated every morning and throughout the day, RCP culls and publishes the best commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources from all points of the political compass and covering all the important issues of the day. RealClearPolitics has become a trusted filter for anyone interested in politics."

Texas Secretary of State Elections Division
The Texas Secretary of State is the chief elections officer for the State of Texas. The Elections Division provides assistance and advice to elections officials on the proper conduct of elections.

Texas Legislative Council: Constitutional Amendments
Information presented by the Texas Legislative Council on the proposed Amendments to the state Constitution.

Texas Legislature Online
Home page for the Texas State Legislature. Search for bills, legislative activity, statutes, voting records, etc.

Site created by the office of the Texas Secretary of State that provides important information on all aspects of the voting process.

Republican Party Resources

Republican Party (RNC)

Republican Senate Policy Committee

Republican Party of Texas

Democratic Party Resources

Democratic Party (DNC)

Democratic Policy and Communications Center

Texas Democratic Party

Third Party Resources

Constitution Party Website

Green Party of Texas

Green Party Website

Libertarian Party Website

Tea Party Patriots