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Political Science

Getting Started

Political science and public affairs encompass a wide range of study.  As you begin your research, think about what topic(s) you are searching and which categories they correspond to: Criminal Justice, Culture and Society, Economic Issues, Education, Environment, Government Operations, Health, Social Welfare, World: Foreign Affairs and National Security.  Bookmark this guide - Political Science.  Related guides are United Nations and Public Administration.
 
Use the catalog to help narrow down your search terms to a topic and a subtopic, such as france -- politics and government.  Are you looking for a particular time period or political figure?  Ask yourself questions.  It is just as important to figure out what information you do NOT need as well as the information you DO need.

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Interlibrary Loan

If you need a resource that University Libraries does not subscribe to, we can help.  Articles are ordered through our ILLIAD system and are often available free of charge within 24 hours.  A pdf will be deposited in your library account.  Click here to order an article.

Books are ordered through EZBorrow.  Click here to order a book.

Search Tips

Yes, you can google, but try these strategies to improve your search skills:
  • Use Advanced Search with AND, OR, NOT (Boolean searching)
  • “  “ (quotation marks) will narrow search to ONLY words contained within quotation marks         
  • For primary sources, intermingle search terms with letters, memoirs, oral history, diaries, finding aid
  • Use a variety of search terms appropriate for the time period you are researching
  • Different databases use varied terminology
  • Use left or right side limiters in databases to broaden or narrow search
  • Use bibliographies for citation chasing
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