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Political Science

This guide highlights resources for research in political science at the University of Chicago.

Key National and International Data Sources

This list is not intended to be comprehensive, just to provide a sense of the kinds of data we can help you find.

US Government Data Sources

Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Elections - Data Files

Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections website provides basic statistics and graphics on nationwide state-level and county-level election returns for U.S. President (1789-present), State Governors (1990-present), and U.S. Senators (1990-present).

Dave Leip makes available for site-license purchase data files providing general election results for specific election years for specific offices for specific geographies. The UChicago Library has acquired data files from this source for UChicago faculty, students, and staff when comparable coverage is not available from other currently-held resources.

By accessing the Dave Leip data files, you are agreeing to follow the appropriate-use guidelines on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections website).

Data Files available to UChicago users:

United States Census

Foreign Censuses

Many foreign censuses are available through the catalog, using subject searches as shown here.  Not all years or countries may be held in our libraries or even available.