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Political Science (101): Looking for a cited item?

A guide to selected resources for political science research.

Looking Up a Citation?

If you have found (or been given) a book or article that is very relevant for your topic, review the list of references (the sources used by the authors). Some of these cited works may be helpful to you also. To find cited books or articles, where you look depends on what it is:

Is it a book (or book chapter or government document or videorecording)?

  • Search Research@UWW's "Books, Media & more (UW Whitewater)" for the title or author. To find a chapter in a book, look for the BOOK's title. Put titles in quotes, as for a phrase, e.g., "war and peace"
  • Search other UW libraries using Research@UWW's "Books, Media & more (UW System)" for the title or author. If it's at another UW library you may be able to request that it be sent to your UW-Whitewater campus library for your use.

Is it an article (in a journal, magazine, or newspaper)?

  • Search Research@UWW "Everything" and put all or part of the article title in " " as a phrase. If there are too many results, add limiters on the left, such as date or select Resource Type Articles. You can also add the author's last name to the search.
  • Use the Journal Search for a particular journal, magazine or newspaper's title. UW-Whitewater's libraries have access to thousands of titles, some online and some not. Check the dates for which full text access is provided, if this is displayed.

The "How to Borrow from Other Libraries" guide explains how to get materials unavailable online or in Andersen/Lenox (Rock campus) libraries.

What Am I?

To try to find items in a reference list you've found, you need to know if the reference is to a book or an article:

BOOK (note place and name of a publisher)

Bagdikian, B. (1977). The media monopoly. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.


ARTICLE (note volume & page numbers)

Chambers, T. (2001). Losing owners: Deregulation and small radio markets. Journal of Radio Studies, 8, 292–315.

BOOK CHAPTER (note place and name of a publisher, plus the word "In")

McDowell, S. D. (2000). Globalization, local governance and the United States Telecommunications Act of 1996. In J. Wheeler, Y. Aoyama, & B. Warf (Eds.), Cities in the telecommunications age: The fracturing of geographies (pp. 112–29). London and New York: Routledge.