Monday, November 01, 2010

Election Cartographic Materials Available from Ball State University

Map the Vote: Political and Election Cartographic Materials from Ball State University Libraries

The GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) has created cartographic subject guides to assist researchers searching for geographic materials related to multiple academic fields. Ball State University Libraries includes a wealth of valuable cartographic resources on numerous topics, and the subject guides include materials in the GRMC, the Atlas Collection, Educational Resources Collections, the General Collection, Government Publications, Oversize, and the Reference Collection. These cartographic subject guides are available in PDF-format on the GRMC Web page “Research Tools” section at

Students of political science or others interested in the election process may wish to use the subject guide Cartographic Resources for Political Science and Elections Research. Maps and other cartographic resources can be an ideal tool for illustrating various information and statistics about elections. The widely-used “blue states and red states” explanation of states’ party affiliations has become a cultural phrase and was made popular from an election map from the 2000 presidential election.

This cartographic subject guide lists the many maps and atlases about elections—current and historical—available from Ball State University Libraries. In the GRMC researchers can review maps of the newly-drawn Congressional districts, presidential election results since 1789, and even state and local city council districts and precinct boundaries.

The Atlas Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library can also be an invaluable resource for political research. Atlases about specific political themes are available. Atlas of American Politics, Atlas of American Women, Atlas of U.S. Foreign Relations, Atlas of World Affairs, Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress, 1789-1989, and Student Atlas of World Politics are all available from the Atlas Collection. Ball State University Libraries also includes rare atlases about the 2000 and 2001 elections in Kosovo.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer. Atlases may be circulated for 28 days or longer.

Please contact the GRMC Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 for more information about these resources or other cartographic subject guides.

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