Political Science 2: Comparative government
The Library Catalog is a database of books, media and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the library catalog. (http://library.pasadena.edu/vwebv/searchBasic)
Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).
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Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as political science. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.
These book can be found on the 2nd (main) floor of the library in the reference collection.
- World encyclopedia of political systems and parties REF 324.2 W 1 (3 vols.)
- Encyclopedia of politics : the left and the right REF 320.03 E 2 (2 vols.)
- Gale encyclopedia of U.S. history. Government and politics REF 320.973 G 14 (2 vols.)
- CountryWatch: Political, business, and economic information and news about every country in the world. Includes periodical articles and statistics.
- CQ Researcher: Articles covering controversial issues with summaries, insight into all sides of the issues, bibliographies and more. (coverage since 1991)
- Project Muse: Full text scholarly journal articles covering the humanities, and social sciences.
- ProQuest: Thousands of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles covering all disciplines. Includes scholarly journal articles.
- SIRS Knowledge Source: Articles from popular magazines, newspapers and U.S. government publications.
- Popular vs. Scholarly Periodicals: http://guides.lib.msu.edu/page_print.phtml?page_id=32
To browse or search to see if the library has a subscription to a particular magazine, newspaper, or journal title use the Periodical Title List. (http://dv2dw2vb3l.search.serialssolutions.com/)
ipl2 http://www.ipl.org : Search and browse this directory for the best of the web. Covers over 300 topics and 20,000 web sites selected by librarians as quality resources for research purposes.
- Country Studies http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
The Library of Congress Federal Research Division
- Foreign Government Resources on the Web http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/foreign.html
University of Michigan Documents Center
Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online: http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/
OWL at Purdue Updated MLA and APA Formatting and Style Guides (click on Research and Citation): http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl[Top of Page]
last updated: 03/24/2010 by L. Tirapelle revision #3