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Library Guide for POLS 3083 - Scope and Methods of Political Science

Selected Library Databases:

ABI/Inform
Academic Search Premier
America: History & Life
Historical Abstracts
Historical New York Times (ProQuest Newspapers)
JSTOR
NewsBank
Social Sciences Full Text
WorldCat
WorldCat Dissertations and Theses

Open Access Online Resources:

American FactFinder
Chronicling America
Corrections Statistics by State
FedStats
Gateway to Oklahoma History
Historical U.S. Newspaper Collections (NSU Resources Page)
State Historical Digital Collections (NSU Resources Page)
Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (Latest) / Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (Earlier)
United Nations Demographic Yearbook
U.S. Dept. of State: Trade Policy and Programs (Information on trade with Cuba)
U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Federal Digital System

Finding a Full Text Article When Having Only a Citation:

E-Journals by Title

Finding Books and Periodicals in the Library Collection:

NSU Library Catalog

Obtaining Books/Articles Not Owned by the NSU Libraries:

Interlibrary Loan

Search Examples:

  • WorldCat can be useful for identifying books published between 2010-2015 that deal with partisan politics in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. Example: Select the advanced search screen, enter katrina and politics in separate boxes as subjects, and enter 2010-2015 in the Year search box.
  • WorldCat can also be used to find a book that may contain information on the effect of race on prison populations in Tennesseee (The following example retrieves a book on this topic related to the death penalty). Example: Select books and enter in separate search boxes the terms tennessee, minorities and crime.
  • WorldCat can identify books dealing with the history of Tennessee prisons or penitentaries. Example: Select books and enter as keywords the terms tennessee and penitentiary, and as a subject history. Or, enter as keywords the terms tennessee and penal, and enter the word history as a subject. Or, look for books dealing with the history of African Americans in Tennessee to see if there is information concerning the history of race on prison populations in Tennessee (Example: Select books and enter as subjects the terms tennessee, "african americans" and history).
  • NewsBank can be used to find newspaper articles addressing why Oklahomans prefer Democratic politics and vote for Republicans. Example: Select all USA newspapers, enter in separate search boxes oklahoma and survey as search terms in the Lead/First Paragraph of an article, and enter in separate All Text search boxes the terms democrats and "vote republican".
  • NewsBank can be used to find articles dealing with partisan politics in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. Example: Enter the terms louisiana and katrina as search terms in the Lead/First Paragraph of an article, and "partisan politics" as All Text.
  • NewsBank can also be used to find articles dealing with Cuba and trade policies. Example: Enter the terms cuba and "trade policies" in the Lead/First Paragraph of an article.
  • ABI/Inform can be used to also find information on U.S. trade policies and Cuba. Example: Enter trade policies in the thesaurus to find the valid subject term, which is trade policy. Add trade policy as a subject to the search query, and type cuba in a second search box.
  • ABI/Inform can also be used to find articles on partisan politics in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. Example: Enter louisiana and politics and katrina as keywords in three separate search boxes.
  • NSU Library Catalog (Advanced Keyword Search) may be used to locate U.S. government documents concerning politics and Hurricane Katrina. Example: In the "Advenced Keyword Search" mode, change the location to Govt Pubs (Fed only) mode and enter katrina and managing as keywords. Other keyword combinations may find additional federal documents on the topic.

  • The above search examples may retrieve citations or full text material in a variety of other databases. Experiment with search terms and strategies in multiple databases to find unique sources on your topic.



    Gary Cheatham

  • Political Science Program
  • College of Liberal Arts

  • Page maintained by: Gary Cheatham cheatham@nsuok.edu
    Last Updated: 09/03/2015