MSU faculty, staff, and students may want to try searching the Hathi Trust Digital Library to find online books on their topics. The Hathi Trust is a project started by the CIC to digitize pertinent materials from Big Ten and other participating libraries. Some resources are available via full text, others only provide snippets like Google.
Need to find books on a political science paper topic? Consider searching the MSU Libraries Online Catalog.
If you do not know the author, title, or LC subject headings, try a keyword or keywords approach. While reviewing the results, note that most records provide LC subject headings which can also be used to identify more books on the same or similar topics.
Since Fall 2014, the MSU Libraries have provided a new discovery layer called SearchPlus to pull together a wide variety of resources on a single topic. Type in a keyword or phrase in the open box and take a look at the results. Note that you can refine your search by choosing selected facets from the left side of the page, including Books (only).
Below are some suggested LC Call Number ranges for browsing or LC subject headings which may prove helpful for those doing general criminal justice research. Copy, click on the Online Catalog link, click on LC Subject button, paste in your subject heading, and see what items are listed.
Browsing for items in the stacks can unearth gems otherwise missed. Below is an abbreviated guide for browsing topics in the field of political science.
Africa - Gov't JQ 1870-3891
Asia - Gov't JQ 1-1869
Balance of Powers JF 229
Citizenship JF 801, JK 1756 (U.S.)
Civil/Political Rights JC 571, JF 799+, JK 1717 (U.S.)
Comparative Gov't JF 5.2
Conservatism JC 573
Democracy JC 421+
Diplomacy JX 1621
Elections JF 1001+, JK 1856+ (U.S.)
Espionage JK 468 .I6 (U.S.)
Europe - Gov't JN
European Union JN 26
Fascism JC 481
Foreign Policy JX 232
Freedom of Information JC 598
Freedom of the Press JC 593, Z 657-659
Freedom of Speech JC 591
Immigration JV 6001+
International relations JX 1226+
Legislative process JF 375.2, JF 515+
Lobbying JF 529, JK 1118 (U.S.)
Local/Municipal Gov't JS
Detroit JS 831-849
Nationalism JC 311+
Michigan Gov't JK 5801-5893
Minority Rights JC 312
Patriotism JC 329
Political parties JF 2011+, JK 2255 (U.S.)
Political theory JC 11+
Power JC 330, HN 49.P6
Privacy rights JC 596+
Property rights JC 605, JX 4085
Refugees JX 1975.8+, JX 4294.R4
United Nations JX 1976-1978
Voting JF 1001+, JK 1961 (U.S.)
Here are some guides to Library of Congress call number browsing areas for Political Science and Public Policy. Check the Reference (1st Floor East) or the appropriate sections of the stacks for some of our many print resources....
Here are some examples of subject headings to use for political science topics:
· Abortion -- Government policy -- United States
· Class consciousness -- Political aspects – United States
· Conservatism -- United States
· Journalism -- Political aspects
· Political questions and judicial power -- United States
· Political science – Philosophy
· Political socialization -- United States
· Religion and politics -- United States
· Rwanda -- Politics and government -- 1962-1994
· Self-determination, National
· United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century
· Women political candidatesst century
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If the book is NOT available in U-Borrow:
If the book is NOT available in MeLCat:
*Alternatively, you can place a Recall on the checked out book. For more information about MSU recall policies, please click on the Recall link or call Circulation at 517-355-2333.
If the book is NOT CHECKED OUT, ask Circulation to conduct a Search for you.
Want to recommend a new resource in the field of Political Science or Public Policy?
Contact Jon Harrison, the selector for this area. Contact information is available above.