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Pols 200: Approaches to Political Science (Wilkerson)

Librarian: Michelle Hendley

Selected Electronic Political Science Encyclopedias*

Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought

Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America

Encyclopedia of Drug Policy

Encyclopedia of Global Studies

Encyclopedia of Governance

Encyclopedia of International Relations and Global Politics

Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics

Encyclopedia of United States National Security

Historical Encyclopedia of U.S. Presidential Use of Force

Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions

Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought

*Available by typing the title of encyclopedia into “Search Everything.” 

Other Selected Electronic Reference Sources

Finding Scholarly Books

Library Catalog

Use the Library Catalog to search for books in Milne Library.

“Search Everthing”

The Search Everything tool searches across the library's catalog and many of its databases in a single search. 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 books only, go to Location and check the appropriate box or boxes.

Finding Scholarly Articles

Political Science Resources

General Databases with Political Science 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 Linked Full Text, if available.  This link will either take you directly to the full text of the article or another database or website.  See a librarian for help.  

Finding an article in a specific periodical title

  • Use the Journals tab on the top of the library home page.
  • Enter the title of the journal or magazine, for example, American Journal of Political Science in the search box.
  • Look for the journal title in the results list.
  • Click on an appropriate database.
  • Link to the correct issue of the periodical (note the year, issue and volume number of the article).

If an electronic text is available, click on the link provided.  If the library subscribes to the periodical in print or microform, click on the link Print Journals in Milne Library to check for the periodical’s location and availability.

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 in Scholarly Journals

The advanced search feature of “Search Everything” (which is located on the Milne Library web site) is a good resource for locating book reviews published in scholarly journals.  At the advanced search screen, enter the title of the book and the term “book review.”  Check the box under Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.  Then click the Search button.  

How to evaluate information located on the World Wide Web

Virginia Tech University Libraries: Evaluating webpages for research

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

Revised February 21, 2018