Database of the Week: Election 2020

With Election Day 2020 one day away, here are some resources from the library to help you find detailed reports on current events & issues, polling data, and explore the history of & issues surrounding the Electoral College.

CQ Researcher: is a collection of in-depth reports covering health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Each report includes an introductory overview, background and chronology on the topic, an assessment of the current situation, tables and maps, pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of key sources. Coverage is from 1923 to present.

Roper Center Public Opinion Archives provides over 10,000 US and 8,000 international surveys and includes access to iPOLL, a comprehensive database of nearly 500,000 questions in the US over the last 70 years. 

HeinOnline Electoral College subcollection
HeinOnline has expanded its U.S. Presidential Library collection to include a new subcollection dedicated to explaining how the electoral college system works, the history of its formation, debates around its efficiency, as well as efforts to reform and even abolish it. HeinOnline: Government, Politics, & Law contains more than 160,000 titles of legal history and government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format. In addition to law journals, HeinOnline contains the entire Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and entire databases dedicated to treaties, constitutions, case law, world trials, classic treatises, international trade, foreign relations, U.S. Presidents and more.

To find these databases or any of the other 450+ databases available in the library's online collection, go to All of our research databases are available in this alphabetized list. The librarians have also curated specialized guides with suggested resources for each academic department, and more. 

If you are off campus, you will need to login with your Kenyon username/password and DUO to access the library's online resources. For more information on off-campus access, please watch our video on Off-Campus Login and Linking to Full-Text, one of the Middle Path Minute videos in the library's tutorial series on YouTube. 

If you ever have any questions about using any of the library's databases or on how to find more library resources, don't hesitate to contact the library's Research & Reference Desk or email a librarian. The library staff is available to help you, whether you are on-campus or studying remotely. The Research & Reference Desk is available daily (hours vary) via chat, text (740-444-4031), and email ( You may also make an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one help. 

The Research & Reference Desk is not physically open this semester. All assistance is available online via chat, email, text, or by appointment.