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Researching Third Parties   Tags: american politics, politics, third parties, three party system  

This guide is to assist students in Prof. Jami Rush's UNIV100 classes in fall 2016.
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Researching Third Parties in the American Political System

Researching third parties in the American political system involves researching both politics and history.  It could also involve other fields like statistics (e.g. polling and demographics), economics, sociology, anthropology, and psychology.

A good place to start is the library home page

Topic hunting?  Start with Literati by Credo for a mind map search that links to good books for general overview articles to get a sense of the topic.  If the link on this page doesn't work for you, go to and click the Credo Link at the bottom of the page.

Other helful resources we will cover in your library visit are:

  • Gale Virtual Library -- a huge collection of reference books that include books on politics.  No need to read them all, just search like any online resource, and save or print the book pages that you need.  Try search for "third party candidate" and then start looking at the suggested subjects and decades on the right.  Also try the name of a specific party like "Libertarian Party" or "National Liberty Party."
  • EBSCO Discovery Search (EDS) from box at -- note that this box is more like Google than the searches in the database.  So if you use EDS and once in the database get frustrated, go out to again and search from there.





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