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POSI 3314: State and Local Government: Finding articles
More than thirty databases are available in this list of political science resources.
How to Search
Searching by keywords and phrases. Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching:
aquifer AND drought
all words must appear in the search results
streamflow OR "stream measurement"
either word/phrase may appear in the search results
"san marcos" NOT california
search results must include "san marcos,
but excludes items "california" Note: some databases use AND NOT rather than just NOT
Use "quotation marks" to search for phrases.
Consider truncation. The asterisk (*) symbol is used most often and searches for variations of a word:
Entering in stand* will give results containing: stands, standing, standards, standardize, etc.
Try using the database’s subject or descriptor terms. Those are listed in the database’s thesaurus, or they may be listed near the article abstract. These can be useful for learning the preferred vocabulary of a discipline.
In-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, economy, and global affairs. Reports include an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.
Coverage: 1923 to present
Online searchable version of the Congressional Digest, an authoritative impartial source for information on controversial topics. Subscription does not include Supreme Court Debates and International Debates.
Coverage= 1998 to present
Reports, articles and summaries
Public administration, including public administration theory, administration and economy, administration and politics, administration and society, administrative structures and organization, public and social services, public service personnel and theory and methods.Public Administration Abstracts indexes nearly 54,000 records, all carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline.