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POLITICAL SCIENCE GUIDE

This guide is intended to help you find both print and online political science resources. This guide is only a starting point for your research, it is not meant to be a comprehensive list of resources. If you need further assistance, please visit the Service Desk in the library or contact your librarian, Dominique Hallett at dhallett@astate.edu

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SCHOLARLY OR NOT?

SCHOLARLY OR NOT?

Scholarly and peer reviewed are your "academic" articles. These are the ones that deal directly with research, history, or theory. Most likely, your professor wants you to use these types of articles. These types of articles are written by scholars, experts in the field often associated with a university or an organization. Peer reviewed articles must also be approved by a group of scholars before being published to ensure that the research presented is factual and relevant. Not everyone can get peer reviewed.

Popular magazine articles are usually ones that you read for entertainment. These are usually the type of publications that you find at the grocery store checkout. Chances are if there's a celebrity on the cover, it's a popular magazine.

For a more in-depth look at the differences, please visit our Scholarly Journals guide.

BOOKS IN THE DEAN B. ELLIS LIBRARY

All books in the library are arranged by subject using the Library of Congress classification system for call numbers and subject headings. The primary call number for political science begins with "J". The basic breakdown is as follows:

F192 – F205

District of Columbia, Washington

J1 – J981

General Legislative and Executive Papers

JA1 – JA92

Political Science, General

JC11 – JC605

Political Theory

JF20 – JF2112

Political Institutions and Public Administration, General

JJ1000 – JJ1019

Political Institutions and Public Administration, North America

JK1 – JK9993

Political Institutions and Public Administration, United States

JS39 – JS8500

Local Government, Municipal Government

JX1 – JX6650

International Law

JZ5 – JZ6530

International Relations

KF1 – KF9827

Federal Law, Federal Regulations, Congressional Legislation

The numbers that follow the beginning letters relate to a more specific focus of the subject. For example the call number range JK1 – JK9993 represents items about political institutions and public administration in the United States. Within this range is Where Have All the Voters Gone? with the call number JK1976 .W38 2002.

Occasionally a totally different call number will appear. This means the item is about more than political science and higher importance was given to the other subject when the call number was assigned.

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DATABASES

Databases with green All Full Text or partially green Partial Full Text icons offer some level of free, full-text articles. In most cases, you must be affiliated with ASU to view the article or on the ASU campus. Some database offer a "pay-per-view" service where you can buy an article not available for free and have immediate access. If you do not need immediate access to the article, you may also request it through Interlibrary Loan for free. Articles requested through Interlibrary Loan can take 2-5 business days to come in, depending on the lending library. You can also digital scans from our physical collection through Document Delivery.

To view the full list of Political Science and related databases, click here.

To view all our databases, click here.

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WORDS TO USE

WORDS TO USE

Political Science covers a wide range of topics. If you're having trouble coming up with a topic, here are some keywords you can use that might help you get started:

  • politics
  • democracy (political ideology) 
  • Russia (country names)
  • sovereignty 
  • "environmental policy" (or environmental AND policy)
  • "foreign relations" (or foreign AND relations)

 
If you want to combine keywords, use the connector AND between terms:

Politics AND "environmental policy"

You can learn more about connectors in our Boolean Searching guide.