Focus on: U.S. Election Resources

Elections in the United States are right around the corner. Catch up with political news, views and analyses through these selected databases and journals provided by Mason Libraries. Free access for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password.

nationalreviewNational Review
U.S. journal offers political commentary and opinion dating back to 1955.  First hand reports on national, international, and cultural affairs with focus on Washington and other political hot spots.




The New Republic
In this U.S. journal, Reports and essays on topics ranging from politics and economics to literature and cinema from 1914 to the present. Political and social commentary and opinions are also included.



factivaFactiva News Pages
Catch the headlines from newspapers including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and more.  The database’s “news pages” displays the front page of the subscription to today’s edition of top newspapers.   The full content of the Factiva database provides international business and news coverage from more than 8,000 sources including newspapers, newswires, magazines, trade journals, radio and television transcripts, and websites. You will also find company information;  up to 5 years of historical market data; and photographs and pictures from Reuters and Knight Ridder in this database from Dow Jones.

cqpressCQ Press Library Voting and Elections Collection
Learn about U.S. election processes, campaigns, & voter behavior.  Find data on election results, voter turnout, and more.




For more information, search the Libraries’ subject guides, database list or contact

Celebrating “Nobelity”: A Buchanan Retrospective

On Tuesday, October 25, the Libraries will host a discussion and reception, Celebrating “Nobelity”: A Buchanan Retrospective, commemorating the 30th anniversary of Dr. James M. Buchanan’s Nobel Prize in Economics. The event, open to the Mason community, will take place from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room (2001).

Peter J. Boettke, University Professor of Economics and Philosophy; Solomon Stein, Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, and Elizabeth Beckman, Interim Manuscripts and Archives Librarian will provide remarks on Buchanan’s life, work, influence, and the Buchanan Collection.

In honor of this anniversary, the University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center’s current exhibition, Celebrating “Nobelity”: Thirty Years Later, features materials from the George Mason University Archives as well as selections from the newly-acquired James M. Buchanan Papers. The exhibit, tracing the life and work of one of George Mason University’s most renowned scholars, will be on display through the remainder of the fall semester. The October 25 program will include time to visit the exhibition, for those who are interested.

Please RSVP at

For more information, please contact Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, jclarkw @, 703-993-2251.

Biodiversity Transcription Blitz 10/21 is an international event (October 20-23, 2016) that raises awareness of the importance of biodiversity research collections and engages volunteers in liberating data from these collections so that more people can access them for research and educational purposes. On October 21, we are holding a 4-hour blitz at George Mason University to contribute to this effort. The Blitz is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2001 Fenwick Library (Main Reading Room).

We welcome Mason participants to sign up for one of four time-slots and bring a laptop with wireless capability to the event. Tickets are free and limited to 80 participants per time slot.

Mason participants will be transcribing label information from very high-resolution images of natural history collections via a user-friendly web interface called Many of the specimens are from Virginia and from Mason research collections. Each 40 minute time slot will include an introduction to the field of biodiversity informatics, the Notes from Nature project, and the opportunity for participants to build the global research database with their transcriptions. Door prizes and refreshments will be provided.

Tune Up Tuesdays Start 10/18

Does your resume or cover letter need a quick tune up? Drop by on Tune Up Tuesdays! From Tuesday, October 18 through Tuesday, December 6, University Career Services is offering 15 minute walk-in review sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. in 1201 Fenwick Library. (The last walk-in session is available at 6:45 p.m.)

During the Tuesday Tune Up, a Peer Career Advisor can review your resume or cover letter, answer your HireMason questions, provide you with internship search tips, and so much more. Please bring a printed copy of your resume/cover letter for review. No reservation required for this event.

For more information about Tuesday Tune Up, please contact Raechel Timbers, University Career Services,, 703-993-4021.