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By Leslie Homzie

The 2008 Presidential Election: Do Your Research on the Candidates

We're out of primary season and into the finals - the general election. The 2008 campaigns of Democratic nominee Barack Obama and Republican nominee John McCain are in full swing, and they are lobbying for our vote on November 4. And, to add to the mix, in many states Independent Ralph Nader and Libertarian Bob Barr will also make an appearance on the presidential ballot. For the latest polls visit Real Clear Politics.

You can explore a few of the Libraries' databases and get even more up-to-speed on this election year.

Quest - Search the online catalog for books about John McCain and Barak Obama. Among the titles you'll find are Barack Obama: This Improbable Quest and Citizen McCain.

National Journal Group's Policy Central - For comprehensive political profiles-yes, beyond the Wikipedia- go to Almanac of American Politics.


Lexis Nexis Academic -Includes a treasure chest of news transcripts. See what vice-presidential contenders Joe Biden and Sarah Palin had to say yesterday or from two years ago.

CQ Voting and Elections - Check out voting records and more.

Press Display - Are you from Illinois, Maryland or Turkey? Take a look at what newspapers from your home state or country are saying about the presidential election in this 60 day rolling-file database.

Leslie Homzie, Reference Librarian for History and Political Science, O'Neill Library