Basic Search Skills - tips to improve your search queries
EZRA - The Wittenberg University catalog of about 370,000 titles
OhioLINK- Combined catalog of more than 80 Ohio academic libraries
Interlibrary Loan - borrow material from non-OhioLINK institutions
Find materials not in OhioLINK: World Cat Open Access
or WorldCat - Combined catalog of thousands of libraries
Some helpful reference books:
Congressional Quarterly Almanac Ref. JK1 .C663 v.66
The American political dictionary. Ref. JK9 .P55 2002
Politics in America Ref. JK1012 .P64 2012
Guide to Congress. 2 volumes. Ref. JK1021 .C565 2008
Directory of congressional voting scores and interest group ratings. 2 volumes. Ref. JK1051 .S555 2000
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
Indexes and Databases
Tips on determining whether a source is Scholarly or Popular
||Contains legal news and reviews, case law, codes and
regulations, and more.
Completely full text.
and indexing of law journals.
|Business Source Complete
||Extensive index to business and management periodicals.
|Academic Search Complete
||Contains full text
for more than 3,600 scholarly
publications, plus article summaries for 900 more journals.
|International Political Science Abstracts
||Includes current articles from the world's leading journals in political science.
searchable full-text archive of
journal articles. DOES NOT CONTAIN CURRENT RESEARCH! The most recent articles are about five years
||General index to non-scholarly articles. Some full text.|
- look at the full list:
Indexes and Databases
III. LOCATING JOURNALS
- 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
informaiton that informed the current U.S. health care plan.
Journals the Library Has
At other academic libraries: Use Interlibrary Loan
IV. INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES - limit to government web pages by typing keywords, then site:.gov
For Google search tips, see Google Inside Search
| Google Scholar -
If you're connected to the campus network, Google will link you to *some* of the library's subscription resources for articles - just look for the link to OLinks (OhioLINK). For a more complete search, also use the databases recommended above.
V. RECOMMENDED WEB SITES
VI. FOR DOCUMENTING YOUR SOURCES:
Political Science Association (APSA) Style Sheet - 1 copy in Reference section: JA86 .A52 2006
VII. PEOPLE RESOURCES:
For research help, contact Kristen Gibson, who is library liaison with the Political Science Department. Or contact the reference desk.
For writing assistance, visit the Writing Center.
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Compiled by Kristen Gibson, Wittenberg University Library
Last updated 11-1-11