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Political Science Research Guide: Finding Books

Provides and introduction to key resources used when looking for research materials in the field of Political Science

Possible Catalog Searches

Some terms that can be used to look for books in Political Science include:

  • Political science Philosophy
  • Diplomacy
  • International relations
  • World politics 21st century
  • Political violence
  • Right and left (Political science)
  • Comparative government
  • World politics To 1900
  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism
  • Science and state
  • Political psychology
  • United States Politics and government 21st century
  • Canada Politics and government
  • Canada Politics and government 21st century.
  • Press and politics
  • Environmental policy

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Finding Books and Other Library Holdings

Whenever you need to identify if the library has a book, e-book, video, sound recording, government document, items on reserve, etc, the primary tool that you will use is the Library Catalog.

The Library Catalog serves as an inventory of all things held by the library.  It is a great resource for Political Science Students as projects tend to require the use of resources that cover a topic in a great deal of depth - and only Books,  E-Books, Government Documents, Reports or Thesis tend to do this. 

If you want to only search for E-books, you can tell the catalog to look for Electronic Resources under Format.  You can also search specific e-book collections such as:

If you want to find additional books not held in our collection and order them for free, try searching WorldCat or any Other Library Catalogs and then tell us to place an Inter-Library Loan.   These items take a week or two to arrive, so place your request a few weeks before you need the item.

If you want to find Theses not in our collection, check out the Thesis Canada Portal for online Canadian Theses.  They are also substantive.

NOTE: Most library catalogs can be searched without authentication.  The one exception is Worldcat, so check out our Off-Campus Access Help if you want to search Worldcat from home.  The same applies for E-Books which will also require you to be authenticated.

Interlibrary Loans

Inter-library loans (ILL) provides access to journal articles, books and other items unavailable through the library. The service is available to all students, staff and faculty, is usually free and can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the library supplying us.

ILLs can be submitted to us via various Databases.  For information on how this is done see our ILL Page.  In either case, you will need to use your Brandon University ILL account to do so.


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  Off-Campus Access

If you are a student or faculty member at Brandon University, you can access databases from off campus.

If you are accessing the library's web site from off campus, most links on the library's web site will first take you to the Proxy Authentication Page, where you can log in with your Brandon University username and password. Once you have logged in, you will be taken to the destination of the link. You should only have to log in once per session.

To log in, you will need your Brandon University username and password - the same username and password you use to log into the Brandon University network when you're on campus. If you have not claimed your username and password or you are having trouble logging in with those, you should contact the Brandon University Help Desk (Phone 571-8500 Monday -Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM).

For more information, see the Off-Campus Access Page