Become an Informed Voter with Our Reference Resources

It’s an election year, and whether you’re planning your weekends around political rallies or opting to duck and cover until November 9th, Denver Public Library has resources to help you become as informed of a voter as you want to be. For example, campaign finance is a huge factor in today’s politics. Using DPL’s research resources, I found the following nifty information:

CQ Researcher (available with library card) provides in-depth analysis of topics in the news, including government and politics. In early May it provided the lengthy report, “Campaign Finance: Does big money in politics subvert democracy?”

Points of View delivers essays that present multiple sides of current issues. “Campaign Finance: An Overview” was posted in March, detailing the arguments supporting and opposing campaign finance reform.

When I entered “campaign finance” into TOPIC Search, several editorial pieces and articles popped up, including one about political action committees from the January 1, 2016, issue of Mother Jones, explaining the relationship between candidates and Super PACs.

The Federal Election Commission administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act, the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. Through the commission’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Portal, you can access campaign finance data for the Presidential, House, and Senate races. Maps and charts can help you visualize the flow of money.

Of course, DPL offers online access to newspapers, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, and magazines, such as Time and The Atlantic, through Zinio and Flipster.

DPL’s stellar reference librarians are available to answer your questions about politics or any other subject. You can chat online, email questions, call reference services, or meet our staff in person for small business, student, and patent and trademark research help.

Don't have a library card? You can get one for free at any Denver Public Library location or by registering online.

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Written by Dana F on June 2, 2016

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