Welcome to the course guide for Congress & the Presidency. This guided is intended to provide quick links to top resources to use for research on legislation in consideration before the U.S. Senate. It is a guide in that it points you in the direction of good resources to use for searching for Government information, such as senator press releases, but you will need to spend some time learning how these sites are organized in order to find the best information. Additionally, this guide provides tips and tricks for searching in library databases such as Academic Search Complete, and how to get access to the many popular and scholarly magazines and journals available at Jenks Library.
LC CLASSIFICATION GUIDE
There are several locations within the stacks where books on political science, and United States law may be found. These may good sources to consult when research the summary/timeline of the ACA bill.
J - Political Science
Subclass JK - Political Institutions & Public Administration - United States
K - Law
Subclass KF - Law of the United States
POPULAR SOURCE MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS
Articles published in popular source magazines such as The Atlantic, The Hill, The Nation, or Time and newspapers such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal are great places to start your research. These articles are written for a general audience and will include reference to many primary sources that you can then track down.
Use these as starting places for your research to become familiar with the bill and its timeline.
The following popular source magazines are available online at the library:
TAKING IT FURTHER
As you look through articles in popular magazines or newspapers pay attention to references to where the authors got their information. Do they mentioned statements by members of Congress? Do they reference the language in Statutes or Bills? Do they refer to policies or laws directly passed by Congress and signed by the President? Go find these sources! It is your job as the research to track the original sources on websites like Congress.gov and Senate.gov.
The Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style is most commonly used in humanities disciplines such as English, foreign languages, literary criticism and comparative literature, and cultural studies.
Note: basic information and some examples of MLA citations are used from Diana Hacker's book A Writer's Reference and the Purdue Owl MLA Citation page. See full citation below for more information.
Hacker, Diana. "MLA Papers." A Writer’s Reference. Boston, MA: Bedford/St.Martin's, 2011. 371-440. Print.
The American Psychology Association (APA) citation style is most commonly used in disciplines such as social sciences, business, nursing, and education.
Note: basic information and examples of APA citations are from Diana Hacker's book A Writer's Reference and the Purdue OWL APA Citation pages. See full citation below for more information.
Hacker, D. (2011). "APA and CMS Papers." A Writer’s Reference. Boston, MA: Bedford/St.Martin's. pp. 443-537