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2016 Presidential Election: Your Vote Matters

Find all the information you need to vote in this year’s elections on Alaska’s Division of Elections Site.  There are links for College Voters, Registering to Vote Online, Absentee Voting, plus information on Political Parties, Elected Officials, Candidates, Past Election Results, Ballot Measures, Voting Districts, and more.

This year’s general election is November 8th and the primary is August 16.

Need Help with Research?

For Students
Groups of five or more students can request a workshop tailored to their needs by calling the Reference Desk (786-1848) at least one week prior to the requested workshop date. Individual (or fewer than five) students can also directly contact a subject liaison librarian.
For Faculty
Library faculty can provide workshops that give faculty hands-on training with library resources. Please contact the appropriate subject liaison librarian for your discipline.
Research Consultations
Students, staff, and faculty may request an in-depth research consultation appointment with their liaison librarian for a research project that requires additional expertise of the subject liaison librarian. The reference desk is also available for assistance with research questions that require an answer on the spot.

Papers of the Founding Fathers Are Online

Using Founders Online, you can search through and read the correspondence, diaries, and other papers of our founding fathers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton. The website is produced by the National Archives’ National Historical Publication and Records Commission and the University of Virginia Press. Enjoy reading what the Founders wrote and discussed during the first draft of the American democracy!

Keesing’s: The Monthly Global News Summary

Whether you want to keep up with current events or you are looking for an historical perspective on past developments, Keesing’s World News Archive is the database to use! Since 1931, its monthly summaries have objectively presented the world’s important political, social, and economic events in each country, for major international organizations, and within selected topics.

Coverage includes elections and changes of government; wars, treaties, appointments, and diplomacy; terrorism and issues of internal security; legislation, budgets, economic developments and international agreements; actions by the UN and other international organizations; natural disasters; environmental issues; and scientific discoveries.

Where else could you easily find the 1958 tally of federal votes for Alaska’s statehood?

Jul 1958 – Alaska becomes the 49th State of the Union.

An Administration Bill making Alaska the 49th State of the Union was signed by President Eisenhower on July 7 after it had been passed by the House of Representatives on May 28 by 208 votes to 166, and by the Senate on June 30 by 64 votes to 20. In signing the Bill, the President expressed his pleasure at the Congressional action but also his regret that no similar action had been taken to admit Hawaii to the Union.

The 208 affirmative votes in the House of Representatives comprised 117 Democrats and 91 Republicans, while the 166 opposing votes comprised 81 Democrats and 85 Republicans.

The Internet Archive and Open Library

The Internet Archive and Open Library offers more than 6,000,000 fully accessible public domain eBooks. There is a modern collection of over 500,000 eBooks for users with print disabilities, as well as a specially selected modern collection for the world at large. You can browse, read, and borrow fascinating contemporary materials at OpenLibrary.org.