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Political Science (101): Books

A guide to selected resources for political science research.

Search Research@UWW for Books, Ebooks, and Government Documents

Search Research@UWW's "Books, Media & more (UW Whitewater)" to find books, ebooks, government documents, videos, etc. on a topic, or to find a specific title or author. Results will be online or physical items in Andersen or Lenox (Rock campus) library collections.

Search Research@UWW's "Books, Media & more (UW System)" if UW-Whitewater's libraries do not have enough material, or if titles you want are checked out from Andersen/Rock libraries. UW-Whitewater students and staff may request materials from other UW campus libraries via the free UW Request service; items should arrive in 2-5 weekdays unless they are not loanable, e.g., non-circulating reference or course reserve items.

Search Google Books for a title to see if there is a preview that shows its table of contents or allows a search for words or phrases within the text. This might show you whether the book has useful information for you. For some titles, all or some of the full text may be readable online.

Research@UWW Search Tips

Most likely you should start with keyword searches:

Put phrases (including exact publication titles) in " " and use commands like AND, OR, NOT in uppercase and between search terms.
Use * (truncation) for variant word endings, e.g., a search for legislat* will find legislature, legislative, legislator, etc.

Using the Advanced Search you can change "Any field" to "Subject" to find your search words in subject headings, which can help focus results. However, you won't see titles where your search words only appear in a table of contents or the title, rather than in the subject headings. Usually subject headings are found by looking at items found with keyword searches. Click on a title and look at the subject headings in the "Details" about it. You can click on them, or incorporate them into a revised search.

Some useful subject heading segments you can use as words or phrases in keyword searches in combination with other search words:

areas of law or legal practice, such as "antritrust law" "commercial law" "criminal law"

"civil rights"   "ethnic relations"  (used with names of countries, cities, etc.)

"foreign relations"  (usually used with a geographic entity, e.g., Pakistan AND "foreign relations")

"government policy"  (e.g., nutrition AND "government policy")

"government relations"   "law and legislation"   "legal status"   "officials and employees"   "political activity"   "political aspects"

"politics and government" (usually used with a country or a population segment, e.g., "asian americans" AND "politics and government")

"public opinion"   taxation

"trials litigation"  (used with geographic entities such as countries, or with names of individual persons or companies)

Results from keyword searches are sorted by relevance, but you can use "Sort by" on the left to change that, or use limiters on the left to limit results to a date range, language, etc. Under Resource Type on the left there may be material other than books, in which case click on Books.

Many government documents and books may be online. Click "Online Access" and then on the link(s) in the "View Online" area.

"Available at" vs "Online access" in Books, Media and More

Catalog records describe items and provide information about their availability. In search result lists, "Available at..." indicates a print copy of a book (or another tangible form, such as DVD). "Online access" indicates an online item, such as an ebook or streaming video. Click "Online access" to display links to get to the item online. In either case, clicking the title and then "Details" will show additional information, such as subject headings and sometimes a table of contents.

screenshots of search results showing Available at, aka tangible, versus Online titles

Catalog record detail with link to ebook full text under View Online

Congressional and Other Government Agency Documents

Search results for Congressional hearings or other government publications not owned by UW-Whitewater libraries may be available from other UW campus libraries. Below is an example:

Presidential campaign broadcasting act. Hearings before the Communications Subcommittee of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, United States Senate, Eighty-sixth Congress, second session, on S. 3171, a bill to provide for the use of television broadcasting stations by candidates for the office of President of the United States. May 16, 17, and 19, 1960. (1960). U.S. Govt. Print. Off.

Two Research@UWW Books media more (UW System) search results for a Congressional committee hearing in print format, both showing that it would need to be requested from another UW campus library.

However, before submitting a UW Request to have a print copy sent from another UW library, you can see if the title  is available online in the ProQuest Congressional database or in the Hathi Trust Digital Library. This example hearing is available online in both! Screenshots are below; click on them to link to the records for this hearing.

Screenshot of ProQuest Congressional record for the hearing, showing the link to display the pdf of the hearing

       screenshot of Hathi Trust Digital Library record for the hearing, showing the link to display the Full View of the scanned hearing

Search Books, Media, & More @ UWW

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Use this search box to find UW-Whitewater libraries' books, ebooks, government publications, videos, and more.

LC Call Numbers (Browsing the Shelves)

The Library of Congress call numbers on most materials in the Library are intended to group materials by topics. Additional letters and number ranges further subdivide the topics.

J = Political Science

J General legislative and executive papers
JA Political science (General)
JC Political theory
JF Political institutions and public administration
JJ Political institutions and public administration (North America)
JK Political institutions and public administration (United States)
JL Political institutions and public administration (Canada, Latin America, etc.)
JN Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)
JS Local government. Municipal government
JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
JX International law (JX used until 1997; see also JZ and KZ)
JZ International relations (JZ used since 1997)

K = Law

K Law in general. Comparative law. Jurisprudence.
KB Religious law in general. Comparative religious law. Jurisprudence.
KD United Kingdom and Ireland
KE Canada
KF U.S.
    KFW2401-2999 Wisconsin
KG Latin America - Mexico and Central America - West Indies. Caribbean area
KH South America
KJ-KK Europe
KL-KW Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, Antarctica
KZ Law of nations (KZ used since 1997)