- Spelling matters. If you find no (or few) matches to a keyword search, double check spelling.
- If you find too many results, enter more keywords to be more specific.
- If you find no results, remove some keywords (you're being too specific), or broaden the search.
- When searching for titles, ignore A, An, and The when they start the title.
Combine terms with AND
Use to narrow a search and get fewer and more relevant results
For example: Legislature AND Oklahoma
Use OR to broaden the search:
Use to broaden a search and get more results. Good for synonyms and words with variant spellings.
For example: (smoking OR tobacco) AND legislation
Truncation - the addition of a symbol (usually an asterisk *) at the beginning or end of a word stem in a keyword search to retrieve variants containing the root. For example, truncation is particularly useful in retrieving singular and plural versions of words.
Example: democra* would find democracy, democrat, democracies, democratic
This research guide was created in large part by Jacob J. Sherman.
Find Books on Political Science
The library has two catalogs where one can search to get information:
The Classic Catalog is where one would go to search specific titles, subject headings, author names, isbn, and course reserves.
BOSS or Big Orange Search System
BOSS takes the Classic Catalog and combines it with results from all of the library's databases. The research results can be voluminous. However, once can use the results and start to peel back to get at what he/she truly needs.
Political Science titles may be found across many Dewey sections:
030 Encyclopedias & books of facts
070 News media, journalism & publishing
190 Modern western philosophy
210 Philosophy & theory of religion
260 Christian organization, social work & worship
290 Other religions
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
320 Political science
350 Public administration & military science
360 Social problems & social services
380 Commerce, communications & transportation
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
610 Medicine & health
640 Home & family management
690 Building & construction
710 Landscaping & area planning
790 Sports, games & entertainment
910 Geography & travel
920 Biography & genealogy
930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)
940 History of Europe
950 History of Asia
960 History of Africa
970 History of North America
980 History of South America
990 History of other areas
Current Political Topics of Interest
This is an RSS feed of New York Times' articles pertaining to political science.
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