Salisbury University Libraries


Holloway Hall

POSC110 Class Guide - Fall 2010 - O'Loughlin

Getting Help

Hi, I'm Krista Knapp, your friendly research/instructional librarian, and I'm here to help you!

How to get in touch with me:

  • In my office, BL128 (best to make an appointment)

  • By phone: 410-677-0118

  • By email:

  • By IM on Facebook or by sending an IM to blackwellref on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, or gTalk during regular research desk hours.

  • At the Research Services Desk: Monday 10am-12pm, Tuesday 12pm-2pm,
    Thursday 10am-12pm

Finding Books

Find books in Blackwell Library using our 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 4 days.  She this process in our short video tutorial.


Finding Articles

Ask yourself 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 handy-dandy chart.

Here are some databases that may be useful for topics in Political Science:

(Note: You will be asked to log in with your Gull Card barcode number if you are off campus.)

  • Academic Search Complete - 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 full-text.
  • 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 Arts & Sciences - 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 years old.
  • CQ Weekly - 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 - covers all the social sciences.  It's an EBSCO database, same as Academic Search Complete, so the interface will look familiar.  There are some full-text articles; for others, use the FindIt button.


Find It button


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 to it!

  • Links you to the library catalog when we have the item you want in print or microform.

  • 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 FRIEND!!!  See the Find It Button in action in this short video tutorial!


Goverment Documents

 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.
  • Evaluating Websites

    Always make sure that internet resources are appropriate for your project.  If you have any doubts, check out the criteria listed on this website.

    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

    Plagiarism is 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 para9hrase.  This guide helps students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it:

    Check out the Political Science Paper Documentation Guide.

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    The librarian liaison to Political Science is Gaylord Robb, | 410-677-0118