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Pols 200: Approaches to Political Science (Wilkerson)

Librarian: Michelle Hendley

Selected Political Science Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

21st Century Political Science:  A Reference Handbook REF JA 66 A21 2011
Culture Wars in America REF HM 1121 C85 2014
Encyclopedia of the American Left REF HX 86 E58 1998
Encyclopedia of American Political History REF E 183 E 48 2001
Encyclopedia of Political Communication REF JA 85 E64 2008
Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections REF JK 2261 S218 2006
The Encyclopedia of Political Science REF JA 61 E513 2011
Encyclopedia of Presidential Campaigns, Slogans, Issues and Platforms REF E 176.1 R6 2004
Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States REF HD 1694 A5 E265 2011

Governing America:  Major Decisions of Federal, State, 

and Local Governments from 1789 to the Present

REF JK 468 P64 Q55 2010

International Encyclopedia of Political Science REF JA 61 I58 2011
The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History REF E 183 P85 2010
Women in American Politics:  History and Milestones REF HQ 1236.5 U6 W43 2012
The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science REF JA 61 B43 1999
A Dictionary of Modern Politics REF JA 61 R63 2002
The Palgrave Dictionary of Political Thought REF JA 61 S37 2007

Selected Electronic Reference Sources

Finding Books

EDS searches across the library's catalog and many of its databases in a single search. This is the default search box (Search Everything) on the library home page.  Because the results are so broad, learn to refine your results by using the toggle boxes on the left of the results screen.

To narrow a search to book only, go to Location and check the appropriate boxes.

Classic Catalog

Search for books in the Milne Library Catalog.

Finding Scholarly Articles

Political Science Resources

General Databases with Political Science Resources

Other Resources

Finding a Copy of a Periodical Article

Locating the full text of the article in electronic form:

If there is no PDF or HTML full text with the citation for an article in a database, click on Full Text Finder. If the full text of the article is available in another database, there will usually be a link to that database where the article can be found by linking to the appropriate volume and issue number, or by searching for the article by its specific title. In some databases, the article will appear without additional searching.

If the article is not available, return to the home page of the library and click on Journals. Enter the journal title in the search box, and click on the search icon. Click on Full Text Access to see if an online or print copy of the article is available. Oneonta Local links to information about locally held items. On the record for the journal title, click Is it here? The record will list the years and volumes of the journal held in Milne Library. The record will also indicate whether the issue is in print or microfilm.

Print periodicals are located on compact shelving, and microfilm is available in metal cabinets in the Microfilm Room, both of which are in the Periodicals Room, (SB floor), two floors beneath the main floor of the library.

Requesting an article on Interlibrary Loan:

If you find an article from a periodical that is not available at Milne Library, you can request the article through the link Request item on Interlibrary Loan on the record for the article needed or through the link on the bottom of the homepage of the library website. See a librarian for help. 

Finding Book Reviews

The “Search Everything” feature of the Milne Library web site is also a good resource for locating book reviews. 

Finding Quality Web Pages

To insure that you find the best and most authoritative information on the web, follow these suggestions:

1. Limit searches to .gov and .edu:

To do this add site: gov or site: edu to any web search.

2. Use only key words and place phrases inside " ":

"social classes"

 television and "class structure"

3. Use the advanced search feature of search engines, such as Google Advanced Search where you can limit the domain to .edu or .gov, limit key words to appear  to the title of the page and use phrases. 

How to evaluate information located on the web

University of North Carolina University Library’s Evaluating Websites: Checklist

Virginia Tech University Libraries: Evaluating webpages for research

Revised September 14, 2015