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POL 330: International Relations Theory

Spring 2009
Finding Information

This course page was specifically designed with your research in mind. Use it to navigate the various resources the library has for your topic, as well as explore other research tools like citing your sources and interlibrary loan.


Table of Contents:

Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://plus.mnpals.net/catalog/GAC

    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • MnLink
    http://www.mnlinkgateway.org/zportal/zengine?VDXaction=ZSearchAdvanced

    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • WorldCat
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://newfirstsearch.oclc.org/autho=100096676/fsip?dbname=WorldCat&done=http://www.gustavus.edu/oncampus/academics/library/index.html

    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
Finding Articles
If you have an article citation and can't find the full text in a database, use the Journal Locator to see if Gustavus owns a print copy of the article OR if it is available through another database. Be sure to search the Journal Locator with the title of the journal, not the article title.
  • Academic Search Premier
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
  • JSTOR
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/search/AdvancedSearch

    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
  • Public Affairs Index
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=p4h

    Covers global contemporary public policy issues, ranging from public health, the environment, housing, human and civil rights, to international conflict and natural disasters. Draws on scholarly publications, conference papers, government documents and reference works.
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/newsstand?accountid=4806

    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • SAGE Premier
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://online.sagepub.com

    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://webofknowledge.com/?DestApp=WOS&editions=SSCI

    A multidisciplinary index with searchable author abstracts covering the journal literature of the social sciences, including anthropology, history, law, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, political science, public health, social work, sociology, urban studies, and women's studies. SSCI indexes more than 1,725 journals spanning 50 disciplines. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or specific work. May be searched simultaneously with Arts & Humanities Citation Index and/or Science Citation Index Expanded through the Web of Science interface.
Reference Books
Reference books are an excellent place to begin your research. They provide overviews of topics, help you narrow your research focus, and give you ideas for search terms. Reference books are shelved on the west side of the library's main floor.
  • Almanac of American Politics
    Summarizes the state of politics at both national and state levels, giving vote results on key issues and state-by-state analysis of important issues. Updated biennially.
    • Location(s): Ref JK 1012 .A44
  • Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought
    Concise but thorough introductions to concepts and theories in politics, including definitions of words such as "consent," "power," "exploitation" and "just war," historical context of ideas, and important names associated with political ideas.
    • Location(s): Ref JA 61 .B57 1987
  • CQ's Politics in America
    Gives biographical sketches and political analysis of legislators, discussion of regional and state politics, and thumbnail sketches of legislative districts. Updated biennially
    • Location(s): Ref JK 1010 .P64
  • Encyclopedia of the United States Congress
    Contains over 1,000 articles on the character and history of Congress, including surveys of issues and how they have been dealt with, people, concepts, and the ways Congress works.
    • Location(s): Ref JK 1067 .E63 1995
  • Encyclopedia of the American Presidency
    A topical survey of the institution of the presidency, offering lengthy essays and extensive bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref JK 511 .E53 1994
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/

    This is perhaps the single most useful small package of statistical information available. It includes hundreds of tables of figures on population, economics, social factors, etc., with references to the original sources. An index to the tables provide essay access. A web version can be found at Census.gov.
    • Location(s): Ready Reference HA 202 .A2
Other Library Resources
We've got several additional resources through the library that you might find useful for your research. Check out these webpages for more information.
  • Documenting Your Sources
    http://www.gustavus.edu/academics/library/Documentation.html

    Check out this guide to learn about citing sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Evaluating Web Sites
    http://www.gustavus.edu/academics/library/research/evaluating.html

    Use our guide to help determine if a web site would be an appropriate and reliable source for your research.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/ill.html

    Visit our Interlibrary Loan page for information on obtaining items from other libraries.
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