Recent enhancements to Voting and Elections Collection

What has changed?
Is training available on using the new interface?
Other questions or comments about the new design?


General site use

Searching
Browsing topics
Finding election results
Using elections maps
Using advanced search
Finding source info and understanding source types
Searching other content from CQ Press


Comparing and downloading data

Comparing candidate data
Comparing race trends in elections
Comparing political party dominance
Downloading data


Using your profile features

Creating a profile
Saving to your favorites list
Viewing your document history
Saving your searches


Technical help and site feedback

Choosing the right browser to use
Contact us

For a detailed User Guide to help you through the resource, please click here.



Recent enhancements to Voting and Elections Collection


What has changed?

The new look is designed to make Voting and Elections Collection easier to use. New features include:

  • New design to highlight the key research tasks you can complete on the site
  • New Elections Results page helps users search for election returns and analysis--see Finding election results for details.
  • New Compare Data page helps users conduct unique queries to analyze and compare data throughout time--see Comparing and downloading data for details.
  • Improved display of search results with new filters and options for sorting relevant results


Is training available on using the new interface?

Yes! A tutorial video is on the homepage, or if you would like to attend a webinar on the new site, please contact us.


Other questions or comments about the new design?

We want to hear from you! Please contact us.



General site use


Searching

To search for a complete phrase, place it in quotes when entering you search terms into the search bar.

Use the following qualifiers to help limit your search:

AND = return results that include ALL search terms
OR = return results that include any search term
NOT = exclude term from results

Search results will be sorted by relevance, or you can select to sort them by newest or oldest results. Use the source type filters to only view search results that are a specific type of source like: biography, elections analysis, or facts and figures. Use the topic filters to view search results that are about a specific topic.


Browsing topics

Use browse topics to see all of the topics covered in Voting and Elections Collection. Click on a topic to see all of the categories of research covered within it until you find the material you’re interested in.


Finding election results

Find election results and scholarly analysis for elections throughout history. You must select an office, but you can also choose to narrow your search by selecting a keyword, election type, region of the country or years of interest.


Using elections maps

View election results on our elections maps by selecting the election and year. Hover over the state for more detail, or click on the state to see election details by district.


Using advanced search

Use advanced search to search specific topics (like voters and demographics), source types (like biographies, or facts and figures), or years.


Finding source info and understanding source types

Content on Voting and Elections Collection is from many different sources. You can find the source of a page by clicking on CiteNow at the top of the page or scrolling to the bottom of the page for the on-page citation.

To understand the different sources we use on Voting and Elections Collection, refer to the descriptions of the following source types:

  • Bibliography is a list of selected sources for further information
  • Biography is a description of an individual's latest congressional or presidential term in office
  • Case Summary is a summary of major Supreme Court decisions affecting voting and elections
  • CQ Researcher is an in-depth report on an elections-related issue
  • Election Analysis is a short piece giving insight into specific elections
  • Election Returns are voting totals by race, place, and candidate
  • Encyclopedia Entry is a general reference article or chapter
  • Facts & Figures are graphs, tables, and other statistics on elections
  • Infographics are visualizations elections data with analysis
  • Legislative Analysis is a summary of elections-related legislation
  • Map is a congressional district map by state and decade
  • Primary Source is a full-text or excerpts of an original document

Searching other content from CQ Press

Not finding what you’re looking for on Voting and Elections Collection? Search other political science and data resources on CQ Press Library.



Comparing and downloading data


Comparing candidate data

Use the following tools to find data on candidates and compare that data throughout time:


Comparing race trends in elections

Use the following tools to find data on race trends and compare that data throughout time:


Comparing political party dominance

Use the following tools to find data on political parties and their relationship to elections. You can compare this data throughout time:


Downloading data

You can download data from Voting and Elections Collection by selecting the office and years you want to download. You can download multiple states in one download.



Using your profile features


Creating a profile

Create a profile to save your content to access it later. Just create a username and password, and that’s it.


Saving to your favorites list

Save content to favorites by clicking on the star icon on the page you want to save, or next to the search result you are interested in. Access your favorite content by logging into your profile.


Viewing your document history

View your document history on Voting and Elections Collection to see all of the content you viewed. Access your document history by logging into your profile.


Saving your searches

Save search results you want to access later by clicking on the Save Searches button on the search result page. Access your saved searches by logging into your profile.


Technical help and site feedback


Choosing the right browser to use

If you are having trouble using Voting and Elections Collection, consider upgrading your browser. Our site is optimized for the following browser versions:


Contact us

For technical assistance, please submit a request at http://www.cqpress.com/webhelp.

For all other questions go to the SAGE Contact Us page or call: 1-800-818-7243.