With candidates having announced their intention to run for their parties’ nominations as early as March and April of last year, it may seem that the 2016 election should have already come and gone. Despite the months of campaigning, the town hall meetings, and the televised debates, election season hasn’t quite kicked into gear yet–but it’s about to. The Iowa caucuses will be held on February 1, and the New Hampshire primary will take place on February 9. The results from these two states will shape the election from there, as many candidates end their campaigns if they don’t do well there.
In Massachusetts, our primaries will be held on Tuesday, March 1. If you’re still undecided on which candidate you plan to cast a vote for, or if there are some issues you’d like to learn more about, the Nevins Library has plenty of resources to help you make up your mind!
The library offers two databases that can help you get up to speed on the issues that matter to you: Global Issues in Context and Issues and Controversies. Both of these can be accessed here, and will require a library card when accessed from home. These frequently-updated resources provide up-to-the-minute information on issues ranging from healthcare policy to whether or not daily fantasy sports contests constitute gambling. Each of these provides a number of ways to navigate to find the information that you’re looking for.
In addition to these, the New Books section on the main floor has a number of recently-released titles that can offer some insight into some of the most important issues to consider as we prepare to cast our primary votes.
Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA by Roberta Kaplan with Lisa Dickey
Homefront 911: How Families of Veterans are Wounded by Our Wars by Stacy Bannerman
ISIS: The State of Terror by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger
The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers
If you’d like to read up on the candidates themselves, we’ve got that, too!