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POLI332: Political Parties and Interest Groups


I. BOOKS

Credo Reference - search this database of reference books to get background information on topics like grassroots movements, political appointments, or think tanks

Library catalogs:

EZRA - search for books at Wittenberg
OhioLINK - search for books from OhioLINK member libraries

Some helpful books in our reference section:

Congressional Quarterly Almanac Ref. JK1 .C663
CQ's Politics in America Ref. JK1012 .P64
Guide to Congress. 2 volumes. Ref. JK1021 .C565 2008
Vital Statistics on American Politics 2009-2010. Ref. JK274 .S74 2010

Some helpful e-books:

Dictionary of American government and politics. - from Credo Online Reference
Campaign and election reform : a reference handbook. - from the OhioLINK Electronic Book Center
Lobbying in America : a reference handbook. - from the OhioLINK Electronic Book Center
The Legislative Branch of State Government : people, process, and politics. - from the OhioLINK Electronic Book Center

II. ARTICLES IN PERIODICALS

Scholarly or Popular?

Article Databases

International Political Science Abstracts search current articles from the world's leading journals in political science.
JSTOR search for scholarly journal articles. Does not include most recent 2 - 5 years of certain journals.
Lexis-Nexis Academic search for newspaper articles, legal news and reviews, case law, codes and regulations, and more.
Legal Collection search for scholarly law journal articles.
Political Science Complete search political science journal articles (some are scholarly), conference papers and some e-books.

See All Databases for more


III. LOOKING UP A CITATION

If you have a citation for an article (maybe from the Works Cited list of another article or book you found):

Search to see if Wittenberg has a subscription:
- search for the journal title: Journals the Library Has

If no results are found:
Fill out an Interlibrary Loan form to request a specific article. We will ask another library to send you a copy.

IV. INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES

  • To limit to U.S. government pages only, type your keywords and site:.gov in the search box of any search engine.
  • For more advanced Google search tips, see Google Inside Search
  • Google Scholar - Use this link to gain access to Wittenberg's subscription resources when you are searching Google Scholar.

V. RECOMMENDED WEB SITES

  • OpenSecrets.org - provides information about who is contributing money and where the money is going
  • HealthCare.gov - provides information about current U.S. Health Care Law
  • HealthReform.gov - archival web site from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Contains reports and other information that informed the current U.S. health care plan.

VI. DOCUMENTING YOUR SOURCES

American Political Science Association (APSA) Style Sheet - or use the library's paper copy in the Reference section: JA86 .A52 2006

Make an appointment with a Writing Center consultant for help documenting your sources, brainstorming, or proofreading.

VII. PEOPLE RESOURCES

For research help, contact Kristen Peters, who is library liaison with the Political Science Department. Or contact the reference desk.


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Compiled by Kristen Peters, Wittenberg University Library
Last updated 11-5-13

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