James H. Thomason Library

Political Science 440                                   Dr. Lance, Spring 2013

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Reference Sources

Locating Books
    eBook Collections
    PASCAL Catalog
Locating Articles
    Article Databases
    Journal Finder

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Reference Sources:    
Dictionaries   back to top


Dictionary of Politics & Government [CREDO Reference], Bloomsbury, 2004
Covers world politics, international relations, local and national government and the European Union.

Dictionary of the Social Sciences [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2002.
Designed to break down the barriers between social science disciplines, as well as to make social scientific language comprehensible to general readers. Collecting anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, human geography, cultural studies, and Marxism in one volume, the Dictionary presents concise, clearly written definitions of more than 1,500 important terms.

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Hyperpolitics: An Interactive Dictionary of Political Science Concepts. [EBSCO eBook Collection]. Mauro Calise & Theodore J. Lowi.  University of Chicago Press, 2010. 

The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Modern Political Biography Helicon Publishing, 2004.

[EBSCO eBook Collection]

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics. 2nd. ed. Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan, editors. Oxford University Press, 2003 [Oxford Reference Online].

Encyclopedias   back to top

American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, ISI Books, 2006.
Main Level, Reference: R 320.52 Am35A

Class in America: An Encyclopedia. Robert E. Weir, editor. Greenwood Press, 2007. (3 volumes) [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection] 

Surveys class strata throughout history, providing entries on significant people, terms, theories, programs, institutions, eras, ethnic groups, and places.

Culture Wars : An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices. Roger Chapman, editor M.E. Sharpe Pub., 2010. [EBSCO eBook Collection]

The Encyclopedia of American Political History. Paul Finkelman, Peter Wallenstein, editors.  CQ Press, 2001 

Main Level, Reference: R 320.973 En19E3  

Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues.  Michael Shally-Jensen, editor.  ABC-CLIO, 2011

Vol. 1: Business and economy -- Vol. 2: Criminal justice.   Vol. 3: Family and society --

Vol. 4: Environment, science, and technology.

   Covers the most critical issues facing American society today. Topic range from biotechnology to identity theft, from racial profiling to corporate governance, from school choice to food safety.

Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics. Edited by Jeffrey D. Schultz, et al. Oryx Press, 2000.  [ebrary eBook Collection]

Vol. 1: African Americans and Asian Americans

Vol. 2: Hispanic Americans and Native Americans

Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right [SAGE eReference], SAGE, 2005.
Contains articles on the people, ideas, events, laws, and issues associated with left and right politics.


Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture. Brian Cogan and Tony Kelso.   Greenwood Press, 2009.

[EBSCO eBook Academic Collection].

Also available in PRINT:

Main Level, Reference: R 302.230973 C655E  

       Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and The Right Bookcover

Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior.  Kenneth F. Warren, editor.  Sage, 2008 (2 volumes)

 R 324.973 En19E    http://library.presby.edu:80/record=b1155357~S0

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment: History, Policy, and Politics.  Matthew Lindstrom, editor.  ABC-CLIO, 2011 [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection] 

Feminism and Women's Rights Worldwide. Paludi, Michele Antoinette.  Praeger, 2010. 3 vols. [EBSCO eBook Collection]

Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States. Greenwood Press, 2002. [EBSCO eBook Collection].

Political Theory: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary and Classic TermsScott John Hammond Greenwood Press, 2009.   [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection]

The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. Michael Kazin, editor. Princeton University Press, c2010. [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection].



Locating Books    
THOMCAT   back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Moyers, Bill D  [as AUTHOR]

  Obama, Barack   [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to politics and the media:
  Affirmative action programs -- United States
  Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History
  Palestine -- International status
  Discrimination in housing
  Coups d'état -- Nigeria -- History -- 20th century
  Iran -- Politics and government -- 1941-1979
  Cold War -- History


Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips


· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
Palestin* = Palestine, Palestinian, Palestinians

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
marijuana AND legaliz*

· Use OR between synonyms to expand your search and
group those terms with parentheses:
marijuana AND
(legaliz* OR decriminaliz*)


Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat, other library catalogs & the library's  journal databases


eBook Collections   back to top


EBSCO eBook Collections 

(Includes both EBSCO eBook Collection and EBSCO eBook Academic Collection)

Over 80 000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.



Chapman, Roger.  Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices.  M.E. Sharpe, 2010.

Danver, Steven L. Revolts, Protests, Demonstrations, and Rebellions in American History: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, 2011.


ebrary eBook Collection

Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes



Hall, Simon.  American Patriotism, American Protest: Social Movements Since the Sixties. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.

Meyer, David S, Nancy Whittier, and Belinda Robnett. Social Movements: Identity, Culture, and the State. Oxford University Press, 2002.


PASCAL Catalog    

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.



A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCAL Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link for instructions.

Locating Articles    
Article Databases   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  When passworded from off campus locations, supply your PC Bannerweb login information (username and password/pin).

  Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost]
Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which provides full-text articles in Thomason Library's electronic databases. The collections include journals in art, architecture, economics, film, folklore, history, performing arts, political science, religion, sociology, humanities, mathematics, and statistics. JSTOR is a journal archive with complete runs of journals up to three years ago. Current issues are not available in JSTOR, but may be in other databases.

Legal - LexisNexis 
Full-text articles from law reviews, as well as legal news, case law, codes and regulations, and international law.

News - LexisNexis
Full-text U.S. & international newspapers, magazines, newsletters & journals.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences

Journal Finder   back to top

Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper you need. Library databases are connected by Journal Finder and lead you to full-text if available.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.



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