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

Library Resources for PSC 401/501

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. 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.)
  • Government Documents/Serials - department of the Marx Library
  • Public/Non-Profit Adminstration Topic Guide - Resources selected by USA Librarians
  • Government Resources Topic Guide - Resources compiled by USA Library Government Documents librarians
  • U.S. Government Agencies Topic Guide - This is a partial list of resources, located in the Reference and Documents Departments, that may be helpful when doing research on government agencies.
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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 ("public sector")
  • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (adminstrat? finds administrator, administrative, administration...)
  • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "public personnel administration," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "Civil service -- United States -- Personnel management." 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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The library subscribes to a large number of databases, covering a wide range of topics. These indexes and databases contain articles from academic journals, magazines, newspapers, etc. 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.

Once you have chosen your paper topic, consult a librarian to see which databases are the best suited for your reseach. The following databases will be a good place to start for most topics.

  • Sage Journals Online
  • Business Source Premier
  • Wiley InterScience
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic
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Selected Journals

The following is a list of selected journals about public administration to which the library subscribes. To access these journals, use Our Journal List.

  • Review of Public Personnel Administration
  • Public Administration Review
  • Administration & Society
  • American Review of Public Administration
  • Public Administration Quarterly
  • International Journal of Public Administration
  • Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
  • Canadian Public Administration
  • Review of Policy Research
  • The Public Manager
  • National Civic Review
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Citing Sources

Any recognized style manual is acceptable for your paper, but Chicago author-date style is recommended, since it is the style most often used for political science journal articles.

Style guides in the library:

  • Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition
    • Marx Library Ready Reference (2nd Floor North). Call number Z 253 .U69 (Non-circulating)
  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 7th edition
    • Marx Library Ready Reference (2nd Floor North). Call number LB 2369 .T8 2007 (Non-circulating)
    • Marx Library Bookstacks. Call number LB 2369 .T8 2007
    • Marx Library Circulation Desk, 7 Day Library Reserve. Call number LB 2369 .T8 2007
    • Mitchell College of Business Library, Reference. Call number LB 2369 .T8 2007 (Non-circulating)

Online Chicago style references:

Other citation styles:

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Class Handouts

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