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 library.louisiana.edu
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 library.louisiana.edu 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 library.louisiana.edu -- 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 library.louisiana.edu again and search from there.
- Political Science databases - click here for a recommended list.
- History Databases - click here for a recommended list - pay particular attention to
- Academic Search Complete
- African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
- African American Studies Center - try searching African American (radio button) for "political party" and then "independent party"
- America's Historical Newspapers: Louisiana State Package -- easier to search once you have more specific names or keywords, though can also browse by date or era
- Biography in context - if you are searching for info on a particular person
- History Reference Center
Other Links of Note