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Using This Guide

If you've arrived at this page, you probably have to prepare a project for a Political Science course.  This guide is meant to give you some ideas about how to find the best information on your subject.  There are four tabs along the top of this page:

  • The first page has some ideas about how to use this guide.
  • The second tab gives you information about finding books, a listing of books that are often used by Political Science students, and a listing of some Political Science e-books that students might find interesting.  
  • The third tab provides guidance in finding magazine and journal articles.  
    When you use any of these these databases from off-campus, you may be prompted for a userid and password. Use your network userid and password. If they don't work, make sure that you are not still using your birthdate as your password--change it and things should work!
  • The final tab has information about, and links to, other materials, some are provided by the LSSU Library, others are non-LSSU materials. 

Accompanying the lists and links is information that should give you hints about how the tool might be helpful to you. 

Don't forget that librarians are available to help!  Stop by the Reference Desk, send an e-mail to the Reference Desk e-mail account, or call (906-635-2167).


Search Everything At Once

Try using our One Search Box to find books, magazine and journal articles and other materials owned by the KJS Library. You'll also find books and articles owned by libraries in Michigan and around the world by searching this tool. 

If you are asked for a userid and password, use your LSSU network userid and password.

Search for an item at LSSU and other libraries near you: >>

This method of searching shows you books, articles and government documents that LSSU owns, materials that are available in Michigan, and materials that are available worldwide. In order, you will see books we own, then books avaialble in Michigan, and then books avaialble around the world. After books you will see articles that we own, articles available in Michigan, and articles available around the world.  It's a great way to find out everything that's avaialble. 

This can be a useful tool to request materials through Interlibrary Loan. When you've identified an item that you want, type in the title. If the item is avaialble at LSSU, it should provide a link, or the location information.  If it's not available, there should be an Interlibrary Loan request button. 


Helpful Hint

Don't forget to use the citation tools that are available in most of our products!  If you look around, there is often a Cite This or Cite or Citation Tools button. If you're going to use that item for a paper or speech that requires a bibliography, click on the citation button and get your citation there!  Double check it to make sure it's the right citation format--sometimes something needs to be tweaked, but if sure beats having to create the whole citation from scratch.


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Don't forget about the Learning Center!  They can help you format citations, or figure out the perfect wording. Visit the Academic Success Center website for more information abotu their services.


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