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

Library Resources for PSC 360

These 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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Locating Books

SOUTHcat: USA Libraries 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. It does not list journal articles (see Locating Journal and Newspaper Articles below).
All records appear in the SOUTHcat Catalog and can also be searched with keyword or subject searches from the NetLibrary site. Must register and establish user name and password to check out book for four hours.
Google Books
Part of Google's library-scanning project. Only books in the public domain are shown in full text. Others may have just a citation or show selected pages from the book.
WorldCat (FirstSearch)
An index to books or other materials in libraries worldwide. Can be searched by keyword, subject heading, author, or title. No full-text, but there are links to Interlibrary Loan request forms.
WorldCat (
The public internet version of WorldCat. Focus of search is on finding materials in a library near your location. Also has links to Interlibrary Loan.

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Suggested Search Terms

Below are some suggested terms to use when searching the SOUTHcat Catalog or databases. Search techniques may vary with each database so look at help screens for suggestions on using quotation marks and truncation symbols.

Leave out the "and" if you do a keyword search on SOUTHcat since SOUTHcat automatically includes "and" between words if the phrase is not in quotations. Put phrases in quotation marks to keep the words together. Use ? as a truncation or wildcard symbol in the catalog.

  • "Great Britain" courts
  • "Great Britain" "race relations"
  • "National Health Service"
  • "medical care" "Great Britain"
  • Euro
  • "Great Britain" "monetary policy"
  • "political parties" France
  • France Islam?
  • "military policy"
  • "foreign policy"
  • "cultural policy" France
  • neo-Nazi Germany
  • "guest workers" citizenship
  • "foreign workers"
  • gyps? Germany
  • Romanies Europe
  • "European Union" agricult?
  • Russia oligarch?
  • "energy policy" Russia
  • petroleum Russia
  • nuclear policy
  • Chechen?
  • Chechnya

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Locating Journal and Newspaper Articles

Most of the indexes below are located under Articles, Indexes, and Databases on the University Library homepage. Some indexes will also have links to full-text of the articles. Dates of full-text coverage may vary with different databases. One way to check availability is to use Our Journal List on the University Library homepage.

Sage Journals Online
Multidisciplinary. Most articles are full text.
LexisNexis Academic
National and international newpapers, law reviews, transcripts, codes, statutes, statistics and more.
A collection of full-text journals in which the latest issues are at least 3 to 5 years old, but the holdings often extend back many years. The journals may be searched separately or by discipline.
Project Muse
A collection of full-text journals which provides current coverage of journals, including many of the titles in JSTOR.
Abstracts for more than 1200 "core" sociology journals, with full-text for 777. Indexing and some full-text for books, monographs, and conference papers.
Periodicals Archive Online
Backfiles of journals in humanities and social sciences up to 2000.
Academic Search Premier
General index; covers many disciplines. Many full-text articles.
Academic OneFile
General index; covers many disciplines. Many full-text articles.

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Our Journal List

This is the database of all the journals we subscribe to in print and electronically. Once you have a citation to an article, go to Our Journal List to see if the Libraries have a subscription to the particular volume, issue, and year of the journal you need. Call us at 460-7025 if you have any question about the availablity of these journals. (Note: Some magazine and journal publishers "embargo" the latest six months or year of electronic versions. This means that the most recent issues will not be available online for six months or a year from their publication date.)

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Selected Reference Works

Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000
Reference HN 373 .E63 2001
Encyclopedia of Modern French Thought
Bookstacks DC 33.7 .E55 2004
Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts
Reference GN 496 .E56 2003 and online in NetLibrary
Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: From the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism
Reference DJK 6 .E53 2000
World Encyclopedia of Political Systems and Parties
Reference JF 2011 .W67 1999

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Selected Statistics Sources

Europa World Year Book
Latest edition in Ready Reference, JN 1 .E85
European Political Facts of the Twentieth Century
Reference JN 12 .C643 2001
Oxford Companion to the Politics of the World
Electronic Reference Sources - Oxford Reference Center
Statesman's Year-book
Latest edition in Ready Reference, JA 51 .S9

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Selected Internet Resources

United Nations
Provides statistical data. Also use the Advanced Search page
Background Notes from the US State Department
"These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus."
Country Studies from the Library of Congress
"The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world."
Portals to the World from the Library of Congress
"Portals to the World contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories."

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Style Manuals

Bedford/St. Martin Documentation
Chicago Manual of Style
Ready Reference Z 253 .U69
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