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Elliot, Jeffery and Ali, Sheikh. The Presidential-Congressional Political Dictionary. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio Information Services, 1984. Ref. JK9 .E4 1984.

Defines terms related to the president and Congress. Each entry includes a definition and a discussion of the significance of the term.

Plano, Jack C. and Greenberg, Milton. The American Political Dictionary (Seventh Edition). New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985. Ref. JK9 .P55 1985.

"Defines more than 1,200 terms, agencies, court cases, and statutes that are most relevant for a basic comprehension of American governmental institutions, practices and problems." For each term, gives a definition and explains the term's significance.

The Presidency

DeGregorio, William. The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents. New York: Dembner Books, 1984. Ref. E176.1 .D43 1984.

Each chapter includes esay-to-find facts on one of the presidents, divided into such areas as childhood, religion, education, marriage, election as president and administration. Also lists books by and about each president.

The Presidents: A Reference History. Edited by Henry F. Graff. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1984. Ref. +E176.1 .P918 1984.

Has a long essay on each president discussing his political career and presidency. Includes bibliographies.


Congressional Districts in the 1980's. Edited by Martha Gottron. Washington, DC: Congressional quartly Inc., 1983. Ref. +JK1341 .C63 1983.

"Presents descriptive and statistical profiles of the 435 congressional district based on the 1980 census and subsequent reapportionment and redistricting.

Congressional Quarterly Almanac. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc. Ref. +JK1 .C66 1945- .

Discusses Congressional actionsduring the year in a subject-by-subject arrangement. Includes appendixes on the Supreme Court, Presidential Messages, Public Laws and Congress and its Members.

Congressional Roll Call. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1991. Ref. JK1 .C6635 1990.

"Provides a member-by-member survey and analysis of votes in the House and Senate during a particular session of Congress." The first section of the book presents key votes on major issues, followed by special voting studies. The second section contains a compilation of Congressional roll-call votes.

Fritz, Sara and Dwight Morris. Handbook of Campaign Spending: Money in the 1990 Congressional Races. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 1992. Ref. JK1991 .F75 1992.

Ornstein, Norman, et al. Vital Statistics on Congress 1987-1988 Edition. Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1987. Ref. JK1041 .V58 1987-88.

Contains charts, graphs and statistics about Congress as a whole. Chapters discuss members of Congress, elections, campaign finances, committees, congressional and operating expenses, workload, budgeting and voting alignments.

Stubbs, Walter. Congressional Committees, 1989-1982. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985. Ref. JK1029 .S78 1985.

"Identifies more than 1,500 committees and supplies references to the most frequently needed information about each." Each entry includes the data of formation of the committee, the resolution or public law creating it, the authority which created it, and the committee's termination data, if applicable. Also includes a chronological list of committees.

Congress - People

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1961. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1961. Ref. JK1010 .A5 1961.

Contains over 10,400 short biographies on all members of Congress, including members of the continental Congress, from 1774 to 1961.

Congressional Staff Directory. Edited by Charles Brownson. Mount Vernon, VA: Congressional Staff Directory Ltd. Ref. JK1012 .C65 1974- .

Gives names of staff members and congressmen, congressional committees and subcommittees and congressional offices. Has 3,200 short biographies of the key staff members. Also lists 9,900 cities and towns with their congressional district and members and gives congressmen's assignments to committees and subcommittees.

Politics in America 1998: The 105th Congress. Edited by Philip D. Duncan. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1997. Ref. JK1010 .P64 1998.

Organized by state. Includes biographical information, assessments, interest group ratings and voting studies for all congressmen. Also has a seperate section on congressional committees, listing committee members and subcommittees.

The Supreme Court

Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court. Edited by Elder Witt. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1979. Ref. +JK1571 .C65 1979.

The almost 1,000 page book is divided into seven parts: Origins and Development of the Court, The Court and the Federal System, The Court and the Individual, Pressures on the Court, The Court at Work, Members of the Court and Major Decisions of the Court. The appendix includes a variety of documents important to those interested in the history of the court."

Editorial Staff, United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawery's Edition. Decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Rochester, NY: The Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Co. Ref. KF 101.1 .L38 1963-64- .

"Designed to serve as a quick-reference guide to the work of the United States Supreme Court" during the term covered. Includes brief biographical sketches of justices serving during the term, a narrative covering highlights of the term and summaries of important decisions.

The Justice of the United States Supreme Court 1789-1969: Their Lives and Major Opinions. Edited by Leon Friedman and Fred Israel. New York: R.R. Bowker Co., 1969, 1978 (5 volumes). Ref. KF8744 .F75.

Has a long essay on each Supreme Court Justice, up to John Paul Stevens, discussing their lives and judicial careers. Also includes representative opinions for each justice. The fourth volume contains a lengthy appendix with charts and statistical information on the Supreme Court. The fifth volume brings the previous four volumes up to date as of 1978.

A Reference Guide to the United States Supreme Court. Edited by Stephen Elliott. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1986. Ref. +KF8742 .R45 1986.

"Provides both an account of the major issues confronted by the court and easily-accessible summaries of the cases and careers of the justices." Appendixes have alphabetical and chronological listings of chief and associate justices.

Government Agencies

Government Agencies. Edited by Donald Whitnah. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1983. Ref. JK421 .G65 1983.

Covers more than 100 federal agencies ranging from the FDA to the U.S. Coast Guard. Includes some defunct agencies. Essays discuss the agencies' history, achievements, failures and administrative structure. Each essay has a short bibliography. Includes a chronology of government agencies from 1776-1979 and a genealogy of agency names.

The United States Government Manual. Washington, DC: Office of the Federal Register, 1997. Ref. JK421 .A3 1997-98.

"Provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. Also includes information on quasi- official agencies, international organizations in which the U.S. participates, and boards, committees and commissions.


America Votes 22: A Handbook of Contemporary American Election Statistics. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc. Ref. +JK1967 .A8 (1956- ).

Information is arranged by state. Gives statistical data on voting patterns for federal offices for the year covered. Has seperate information on voting patterns in previous years and in presidential elections.

McGillivray, Alice V. Presidential Primaries and Caucuses 1992: A Handbook of Election Statistics. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1992. Ref. JK522 .M34 1992.

Presidential Elections Since 1789 (Third Edition). Edited by Margaret Thompson. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 1983. Ref. JK524 .P68 1983.

Contains informaiton on presidential primaries, nominating conventions, the popular vote and the electoral college. Most inforamtion is in charts or statistical form. Also contains a biographical directory and a description of major election laws.

Other Sources

The Democratic and Republican Parties in America: A Historical Bibliography. Santa Barbar, CA: ABC-Clio Information Services, 1984. Ref. Z7164 .P8 D45 1984.

Annotated bibliography of 1,006 articles written between 1973 and 1982. Divided into five chapters: Party Politics in America, The Emerging Two-Party System (1789-1860), The Republican Ascendancy (1860-1932), The Democratic Resurgence (1932-1960) and Redefinitions and Realignments (1960-1982). Includes an author and subject index.

Washington Representatives 1986 (Tenth Edition). Edited by Arthur Close. Washington, DC: Columbia Books, Inc., 1986. Ref. JK1118 .D58 1986.

Lists some 10,000 people who represent and lobby for some 10,000 client companies, associations and special interest groups in Washington, DC. Contains an alphabetical list of individuals showing who they work for and an alphabetical list of companies and organizations showing who works for them.

Compiled by Kelly Nagle, Spring 1988
Updated Spring 1998

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