Blackwell Librarians are
here to help you with your research! As crazy as it
sounds, we enjoy doing research and we really enjoy working with
students! So PLEASE don't hesitate to get ahold of us in
one of the following ways:
Knapp (Political Science Liaison) - 410-677-0118
(also on Facebook)
Robb (Gov Docs Guru) - 410-543-6234
You can also stop by the
Research Help Desk and ask any of the friendly librarians
for help with your research for this class or any of your
Find books in Blackwell Library
online library catalog.
Books in our library are arranged using
Library of Congress Classification.
The books you can check out are located on the second floor of
the library. If you ever have trouble finding a book you want,
PLEASE ask for help at the Research Desk!
You can also borrow books from
any of the USMAI libraries by selecting the "choose campus"
link at the top of the catalog page and then selecting "USMAI
All Campuses." When you find a book you want that is not in
Blackwell, click the "request" button and use your ID number to
login. You can have the book delivered to Blackwell within 3 or
if you need scholarly sources or popular sources for your
assignment. Many times, your professor will insist on scholarly
sources. What does that mean? Find out using this
Here are some
databases that may be useful for topics in Political Science:
Academic Search Premier - a
multidisciplinary database containing both scholarly and
popular sources, many of which have full-text available.
ASP is a good place to start your research. Use the
FindIt button to locate articles that are not available
Lexis-Nexis Academic - a great source
for full-text world news and legal information.
National Newspapers - a source of
U.S. news from major papers including The New York Times
and The Washington Post
JSTOR - a huge, wonderful database
of scholarly communication from a wide variety of
disciplines, including Political Science. All of these
sources are full-text, but the newest documents are 3-5
- Congressional Quarterly's magazine on
government, commerce and politics.
America: History and Life
- U.S. and
Canadian historical sources. Use the FindIt button to
locate articles that are not available full-text.
Social Sciences Abstracts
all the social sciences. It's an EBSCO database, same
as Academic Search Premier, so the interface will look
familiar. There are some full-text articles; for
others, use the FindIt button.
Find It button
WHAT DOES THAT CUTE LITTLE FIND IT
BUTTON DO, ANYWAY?
It's a bit like magic,
really. The Find It button does three things:
Looks in all of our
databases to see if the document you want is available
full-text in another of our databases. If so, it links you
Links you to the library
catalog when we have the item you want in print or
Links you to ILLiad
(interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another
library if we don't have access electronically or in print.
The Find It button is YOUR
Government information links that
you might like to try:
SU Library - Govdocs Website Our library's main
government information page.
POSC 110 Govdocs Page
A government information page tailored to your
assignments. (This page is currently under construction)
Everyone's favorite! Statistics!
And how about Polling Data?
Or you can try Googling "poll data" AND
Always make sure
that internet resources are appropriate for your project.
If you have any doubts, check out the criteria listed on
If the link above doesn't make things crystal clear, and you're
still questioning the appropriateness of a website, please check
with your professor or a librarian.
Citing your Work
not cool. Of
course you want to make sure you give proper credit to any
source that you use to write your papers, whether you directly
quote or paraphrase.
This guide helps students understand what plagiarism is and
how to avoid it:
Check out the
Political Science Paper Documentation Guide.