Marx Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Library Resources for PSC 130

These reference sources may help you find good information for this class. This page is by no means comprehensive; rather, it is intended to serve as a starting point for your research and assignments. For further assistance, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Library Links:

  • Marx Library Homepage - University of South Alabama
  • SOUTHCat - the catalog of the libraries of the University of South Alabama. It contains records for books, e-books, journal titles, DVDs, CDs, videos, and government documents held by the libraries.
  • Our Journal List - the database of all the journals we subscribe to in print and electronically. Once you have a citation to an article, go here to see if the Libraries have a subscription to this particular volume, issue and year of the journal you need. Occasionally the information is incorrect and/or unclear. Call us at 460-7025 if you have any question about the availability of these journals. (Note: Some magazine and journal publishers "embargo" the latest year of electronic versions. This means that the most recent issues will not be available online for a year from their publication date.)
  • Political Science Topic Guide - Resources selected by USA Librarians
  • Government Resources Topic Guide - Resources compiled by USA Library Government Documents librarians
  • Election 2008 - Resources about the 2008 election, compiled by Paula Webb, Government Documents Librarian
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Library Catalog:

The catalog contains records for books, e‐books, journals, CD‐ROMs, CDs, DVDs, videos, and government documents held by the libraries at the University of South Alabama.

Search tips:

  • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("electoral college")
  • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (president? finds president, presidents, presidential...)
  • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "Congressional oversight," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "Legislative oversight -- United States." Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.)
  • Revise and refine your searches
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.
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Indexes/Databases:

Use these to identify articles on specific topics, as well as to locate full-text electronic articles. Find them on the Articles, Indexes, and Databases page linked from the Library homepage. Remote access is available for most journals.

For this course, two databases you may find particularly useful are Academic Search Premier and LexisNexis Academic.

  • Academic Search Premier: A multidisciplinary database that indexes over 8000 journals, many in full text. (Hint: This is a good place to look for a refereed journal article.)
  • LexisNexis Academic: Database of news, business, and legal research. (Hint: This is a good place to look for court cases.) LexisNexis can be tricky to navigate. Refer to the handout below for information about finding legal cases.
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Class Handouts:

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